The survivor of a plane crash attempts to make their way back to civilisation in Gints Zilbalodis’ extraordinarily imaginative feature animation.
A young boy awakens, hanging from a sole tree in the middle of what appears to be a desert. No sooner has he fully revived than a strange, giant creature walks out of the shimmering desert heat and tries, but fails, to consume him. What follows is a chase, across a series of surreal, wildly imagined landscapes, quite unlike anything you will have seen.
If 'Away' appears rudimentary compared to the detailed work of a Pixar, classical Disney or Studio Ghibli animation, it’s worth keeping in mind that 25-year-old Zilbalodis made the film by himself; he wrote, drew, directed, edited and scored it. The result is a singular work that should be seen alongside such great independent animations like 'The Red Turtle' and Zarafa.