The everyday activities of the inhabitants of an extremely windy area are hard. But what if the wind stopped blowing?
A distant land where the entire social system is based on the power of the wind. Strong and relentless, the natural element forces all the inhabitants to adapt the best they can: the everyday activities are adjusted to the wind direction, babies float in the air while tied to long ropes, and people play table tennis by themselves, as the air pushes back the balls. It’s an hard life, but humanity has adapted and resigned to this perennial struggle. Suddenly, for a moment, the wind ceases to blow: the system collapses and people find themselves confused, their habits and certainties crumble, chaos takes over. But when the gears of the status quo start working again, everything goes back as it were.
The power to adapt in difficult situations – for social or natural reasons – is the core of the narrative. The land portrayed is actually, according to the director, an extreme metaphor to remind us of the fact that so many people around the world constantly adapt to inhuman conditions. There is also, perhaps, a bitter reflection on how, as times goes by, man is able to accept as permanent and inevitable even the most painful assessment. Sometimes we’d rather accept the state of things as it is, rather than face the consequences of the disruption of the established order.
On a stylistic level, the true strength of the animation is it’s absolute simplicity. The character design is unique, original, and extremely clean at the same time. The ‘edgy’ appearance of the inhabitants are perfectly suited to the difficult activities that they face. The sand and dust carried on by the air becomes palpable thanks to the ocher tones of the whole composition. The impeccable sound design draws us within this ecosystem, making the wind the true protagonist of the short.
Director Robert Löbel stated that he drew inspiration from various 90s animations depicting conflict situations, such as as Au Bout Du Monde by Konstantin Bronzit and Mark Baker’s The Village . Wind premiered at Pictoplasma 2013 and has been screened in many festivals, receiving awards and critical acclaim, although many have noticed a certain similarity with Wind Along The Coast by Ivan Maximov whose last short Boom-Boom Fisher Daughter we have featured some time ago.comments powered by Disqus