Loss and fear as seen through the war-torn eyes of a young boy. "eclipse" is set during World War 2, but there is a tragic relevance to this story today, as so many children are the innocent victims of wars happening all around the world. "eclipse" captures this in stark black & white, without a word of dialogue.
In 2016, the Academy of Motion Pictures & New York University fully restored "eclipse", using the original 16mm negative and audio DAT tape. "eclipse" is now available for theatrical viewing (2K DCP).
Premiered 1995 Telluride Film Festival. Gold Prize, 1996 Student Academy Awards. Top Prize, 1996 Independent Film Channel Student Showcase Awards. 1996 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Jewish Film Institute - "In ECLIPSE a child survivor wanders barefoot across a stunningly evocative landscape. Director Jason Ruscio expresses the profound loneliness of a decimated world through richly textured images that bring to mind the films of Andrei Tarkovsky – burned out interiors, hands grasping to hold each other, time-worn photographs and faceless soldiers in the snow. ECLIPSE is a remarkable meditation on the effects of war."