We are all immigrants. Some leave cities or countries, all of us leave our childhood. Like the Minotaur of mythology, we roam through personal labyrinths, carrying nothing but a suitcase of memories, a portable time capsule filled with assorted mementoes from a past we can no longer reach.
The first fully animated film made using the encaustic-painting technique, The Physics of Sorrow, inspired by the novel by Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov, tracks the outlines of an unknown man’s life as he sifts through memories of circuses, bubble-gum wrappers, first crushes, army service from his youth in communist Bulgaria, and an increasingly rootless and melancholic adulthood in Canada—all the while struggling to find home, family and self.
Superbly drawn and animated by Academy Award® nominee Theodore Ushev (Blind Vaysha, Lipsett Diaries), each image in The Physics of Sorrow is a work of art, aptly evoking the mesmerizing existence of its nostalgic protagonist.