BLIND VAYSHA

About

With one eye that can only see the past and one that can only see the future, a girl is tormented by two irreconcilable realities.

Screens with

2017 Program

OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM--BROKEN TONGUE

Friday, November 3, 2017--7:00 PM

Year

2016

Country

Canada

Genre

Animation

Runtime

9 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

None

Credits

Director

Theodore Ushev

Producers

Julie Roy, Marc Bertrand

Writers

Georgi Gospodinov

Theodore Ushev

Sound

Olivier Calvert

Artist Bio

Theodore Ushev was born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria and graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts. Now living in Montreal, Canada, he has established himself as one of the most challenging modern voices in the field of animation.  His 2015 short film, Blood Manifesto, is a violent visual poem, animated with his own blood.  He states that Blind Vaysha is “a metaphor for our struggle to live in the moment; how we seek comfort in memories of the past or in hope brought on by the future.”

Blind Vaysha was nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It was also nominated for the 2017 ASIFA Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject, the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and Best Documentary Short at the Palm Springs International ShortFest.  It is the winner of Grand Jury Prize Awards at the Traverse City, Nantucket, Barcelona, Göteborg, Glascow, and Clermont-Ferrand Film Festivals

In this short animated film adapted from the philosophical short story by Georgi Gospodinov, a leading multidisciplinary author from the younger generation of Bulgarian writers, renowned filmmaker and animator Theodore Ushev reaffirms his virtuosity in visual experimen- tation. Using an expressive and powerful style poised halfway between religious paintings and linocuts, Ushev creates a film that is both symbolic and accessible.  Featuring bucolic European landscapes and Benedictine architecture, and brilliantly narrated by actress Caroline Dhavernas, Blind Vaysha is a captivating metaphoric tale about the difficulty of being in the here and now. With timeless beauty and wisdom, it reminds us of the importance of living in the present moment.