The tale of a boy whose facial expressions display the opposite of what he’s feeling.
Durian is a boy born with a rare defect, his reactions to life situations are opposite to those of ordinary people. When is picture is taken, Durian says “eggplant” instead of “cheese”. When he watch a sad movie his face smiles, when he is happy his mouth pouts. With a style in between Japanese anime and American indie, Yangzi She’s latest work tries the way of syneresis between graphic signs to speak of the inability to adapt to others and not being understood.
“It started from a language barrier – says director Yangzi She – When I was trying to translate my script from Chinese to English, so many subtle emotions and messages were lost in translation. I didn’t want my story to be too specifically about two certain languages, so then I thought about expressions, the universal language we all speak.”
Eggplant is the second work to be selected as Vimeo’s Staff Pick. Born and raised in Beijing, in 2011 Yangzi She moved to Los Angeles to study animation at UCLA. After graduating, she began working as an independent animator in Los Angeles.
You can visit She’s portfolio site to see more of her work.
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