The movie itself is a classic story about home-coming, following the adventures of a boy riding a motorcycle, surpassing various obstacles – physical and metaphysical, with the help of his little friend – a bird. Along his adventure, we’re presented to a stunning view of animated scenes that appear on the boy’s journey: the forests, deserts, caves, and the appearance of the sea – all of these bring special emotions while watching this movie.
Director and animator of “Away,” Gints Zilbalodis, even though he’s just a 25 year-old, is very successful and experienced in animated films. His fascination with films began at an early age, and he was influenced by classics and short films. He has completed seven animated films in various media, including animation with drawings, 3D animation and live-action animation, often mingled with tire characteristics. Two of his movies that brought more attention to various festivals are: “Priorities” and “Inaudible.”
“Away” is a 75-minute movie, and is one of the projects that the director has managed to accomplish alone, covering the screenplay, directing, animation, and even movie music along with plenty of other little details. One of the main reasons why the director has taken those brave and challenging steps, is because of “the desire to learn all the skills required in the film-making.”
The world premiere of the film was screened at “Animafest Zagreb 2019,” and immediately appeared at the “Annecy Animation Festival” in France, where it was awarded with the “Contrechamp” price (2019). This year, you’ll be able to watch “Away” movie at “Anibar,” which will compete for the best feature-length category. It will be screened on the fourth day of the International Animation Festival “Anibar,” on July 18th at 16:00, in the cinema which will be the main one showing “Feature Films,” known as Cinema “Jusuf Gërvalla.”