The Beloved (12.25mins) is the story of an elderly fruit seller who catches a young woman stealing. He drags her into the backroom where his wife has lain like the priestess of some ancient religion, for forty years in her wedding gown. She has neither moved nor spoken nor eaten but he believes his love has kept her warm. Ivy winds up the bedposts and eggs incubate under the covers with newly hatched chicks. The lonely fruit seller reveals the romantic tragic tale of their unfortunate wedding night.
Leonora Carrington was a Surrealist painter and writer. At a young age she left for Paris where she joined the Paris Surrealists and lived with Max Ernst. Leonora wrote “The Beloved” during this time. Max and Leonora were separated during The War and she traveled to Mexico where she lived and painted. In her painting and writing Leonora drew on Celtic myth, Alchemy, the Cabbala and a range of scientific, literary, mystical and philosophical sources. Sarita worked closely with Leonora while adapting the short story. Leonora’s son Pablo Weisz-Carrington did the character design for the front title animation.