A lost soul wandering in the city until he's reached by the specter of Death in a revelatory encounter.
It is an evening like many others, a Friday or a Saturday probably, the city is steeped in their own vices and its pleasures, and people wander without real guidance from place to place. A guy comes out of a club, he is drunk, and a car runs over him. A fatal accident. “I just need a little more time” – says the character of this moving story, addressing the Death who came to pick him up. Just a little more time to fix things, warn the loved ones, maybe remember, understand. “So be it”. But instead of coming back to life, the soul traces back its own existence through images and old memories, looking for something …
Coda is one of those thought-provoking animations that remains in your head for a long time. Not only for the beauty of the hand-made drawings, with those minimal figures and muted colors, and the smooth construction of the passages of time, but also for the candor with which it addresses essential issues that affect everyone: life, death, and the tragic splendor of the human condition. Alan Holly develops with great intelligence and feeling a subject that dwells into the imagination of many. What happens after death? Do you really trace back your own life? And what is its meaning?
Coda is a further confirmation of the outstanding developments in the art of animation in recent years, especially within the short form. The film, that has very high artistic and technical values (noticable also the soundtrack realised by Shane Olly), stars the voices of Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate, Standby) and Orla Fitzgerald (The Guarantee) and it was realized by the Dublin animation studio And Maps And Plans with the support of the Frameworks animation scheme, under the auspices of the Irish Film Board.
Rightly it has been presented in many festivals around the world and won numerous awards including the Best Animated Short Film at SXSW, Most Creative Short Short Film at the Edinburgh Festival, Best Animation at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, in addition to having being nominated at the 2015 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film category.
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