Rew Day has a striking aesthetic, but it’s the storytelling that makes this macabre short captivating. Director Svilen Dimitrov tells the story of a very unlucky chap backwards, but that knowledge won’t ruin the effect. The murky visuals are composed of simple sketches and blobby cartoons, set to the soundscape of birds tweeting and docks creaking.
Dimitrov picks out sharp details essential to the tale (hint: the calendar), requiring the audience to do much of the work. The pace is initially slow, but patience will be rewarded.
So how did the poor man die? Answers on a postcard, please.
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CAST: John Lawton
DIRECTOR: Svilen Dimitrov
WRITER: Svilen Dimitrov
SYNOPSIS: This animated short explores an accident-prone man’s death – backwards.