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Double King – by Felix Colgrave

An animated short film about love... and regicide

2017 | 5 - 10 | Animation | Australia | Fantasy | Human Nature

Centuries ago there lived… “A king!” my little readers will say immediately. Yes. It’s right! In this time the king is the leading character of Felix Colgrave‘s new short film, Double King. Set in a land where every species of animal and plant answers to its own respective monarchy, this 2D Computer animated trip sees a mysterious king with seemingly no subjects going on a violent crusade to claim as many crowns as possible.

Colgrave describes it simply as “a film about love and regicide.” A story of obsession, greed and death, into the plots of the hallucinogenic animation. Felix is a strange guy, it’s easy to guess by the photos and portfolio on his official website. The worlds that he draws are probably the worlds of his own mind. Tasmanian born, currently based in Melbourne, Australia, he uses animation in its noblest sense – phantasmagoria.

He gives life to weird and bizarre microcosms, in which there is only a semblance of what the viewer can recognize as reality. Double King is a self-sufficient universe as that of a previous short film, The Elephant’s Garden,  winner of the Best Film Award at the 2014 MIAF. Colgrave has worked for two years to create the visual trip of Double King, and before it took 861 hours to realize 1 minute and 56 seconds of his short film, Man Spaghetti.

Premiered at Annecy 2017, Double King is a very unusual short film that impresses for a perfect synchronization of images, vivid colors and the strangeness of the creatures in it. Something that is in the middle of Merrie Melodies and Terry Gilliam. Perhaps the most correct approach to vision is to abandon every desire to find a meaning.

Chiara Pascali

Chiara Pascali

Digital Strategist. Particolare inclinazione verso la continua ricerca del nuovo e del bello. Cinema, letteratura e musica i linguaggi che preferisco per sondare la realtà che mi circonda.

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