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LIAF 2019: Away FEATURE (15)

December 4, 2019
6:45 pm

Away (Gints Zilbalodis, Latvia)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Away, Gints Zilbalodis

The chase is on. A boy wakes up in a parachute in a desert. Running from a spectral giant, he finds an oasis. Alone on his quest, save a yellow bird, the boy makes the brave decision to follow a map to safety. With the deathly creature calmly following behind, the boy and his bird make their way across the island. With the brilliant score accompanying the high stakes of the journey, no words are necessary to connect you to the boy’s thoughts as he takes risks and pushes himself to his limits.

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Away, Gints ZilbalodisAnimated, edited, scored, and produced by Gints Zilbalodis, Away is a gripping story in a lusciously animated world.

A huge labour of love, Gints Zilbalodis worked on the film for three and a half years, handling all aspects of production including writing, designing, animating, post-production and composing the musical score. This screening will be a British Premiere.

Away plunges the viewer into something close to a meditative state, with Zilbalodis’ inspired self-composed score creating rushes of transfixing intensity.”

Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

75min, 2019

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Director’s Biography

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Away, Gints ZilbalodisGints Zilbalodis (born 1994) is a Latvian filmmaker and animator. His fascination for filmmaking began at an early age watching classic films and making shorts and commercials. He has made 7 short films in various mediums including hand-drawn animation, 3D animation and live-action and often mixing their characteristic aesthetics.