Animation, Short Films

Words are Overated

After witnessing the accidental death of a stranger, Ruby seeks affirmation in the city around her, and finds it in surprising places. With deft humor and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links which connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Co-directors Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis use pencil and paint on photocopies to achieve a textured look suggestive of a lithograph or a flickering newsreel. In When the Day Breaks, the ordinary–a lemon, a toaster, a chance collision on a street corner–is endowed with a visceral power. A film without words.


Short Films

“The Tree” to Close Cannes

by Brian Brooks (April 29, 2010)

Julie Bertucelli’s “The Tree,” starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas and Aden Young will close the 63rd Festival de Cannes on Sunday, May 23rd following the Awards Ceremony.

Adapted from Judy Pascoe’s novel, “Our Father Who Art in a Tree,” the film’s website describes the film as centering on eight year-old Simone whose father has suddenly died and shares a secret with her mother Dawn.”

“She’s convinced her father whispers to her through the leaves of her favorite tree and he’s come back to protect them. But the new bond between mother and daughter is threatened when Dawn starts a relationship with George, the plumber called in to remove the tree’s troublesome roots. As the branches of the tree start to infiltrate the house, and the roots destroy the foundations, the family is forced to make an agonising, but ultimately liberating, decision.”