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Broken Wing

A real life based award-winning animation about friendship, a Rubik's cube, and the art of healing.

0 – 5 | 2013 | Animation | Drama | Friendship | Switzerland

Walking sad and dejected along the dark streets of a city, a boy comes across a junk shop that exposes, between old toys and musical instruments, a colorful Rubik’s cube (the famous puzzle today celebrated by Google). Immediately the object throws back the boy to the warmth of his childhood memories, to the merriment to run through the fields and chasing butterflies, laughing and joking until nightfall. A friend was all that was needed, someone who dragged you out of the house and from your own shyness to teach you how to enjoy the wonders of the world. Now everything is gone and life can be tricky sometimes, languish, expire. Yet the warmth of the past stayed in somehow, enclosed in the old coloured cube, symbol of the happy days gone by. It’s time to return the valuable lesson to his friend, when nothing seems to make sense anymore for him: rediscover the joy, rely on imagination, and observe things transform before your eyes like a kind of magic. In the end, what matters is not “what you see in life, but how you see it” – the final message of the story.

Broken Wing is the first animated short film by Swiss director Amos Sussigan, born ’89, and it is inspired by real events. In 2011, a terrible accident has left his best friend, Andre, paralyzed. For a long summer Amos visited Andre in the hospital, a person once active and vital time now resigned to his situation and lost in sadness. Yet when all seemed lost, a glimmer of hope made its own way right through the famous Rubik’s Cube and its colorful dials. Amos observed with astonishment his friend recovering little by little by discovering this new passion for puzzles and brain teasers, the more difficult to solve the more engaging.

From this experience, the narrative idea of Broken Wing came in, which Amos has immediatly “passed on” to some of his friends and collegues animators. It quickly became a “global” project: while Nikitha Mannam started production in India, Amos did extensive visual search in Switzerland, and four other student prepared animation in California. Broken Wing has become a richly haunting ensemble of imagery and story. It is composed of over 10,000 drawings, 30 digital paintings, and heightened by a beautiful score by extraordinary British film composer Mark Slater. What started as a way to show Andre the brighter side of life, it has turned into an inner journey for the production crew itself. A work of love, inspired by true friendship, turning into an universal message that invites us to free ourselves from whatever is holding us down.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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