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HA'Aki is a short abstract-impressionist film in which the animation and the music were made simultaneously in an organic process of symbiotic creativity. Filmmaker Iriz Pääbo tells the highly subjective story of a complete hockey game using a new cinematic vocabulary she calls "animbits." Pääbo readily admits she is not the biggest fan of "Canada's national game," so the great, though highly underappreciated NHL stalwart of the '60s and '70s, Eric Nesterenko, was her hockey muse in this artistic journey. HA'Aki is a lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox interpretation of hockey as played in the mind of a lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox animation artist. A film without words.

2008, 04 min 52 s

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Jury Special Mention
September 24 to October 2 2009, Madrid - Spain

Golden Nica- with a cash prize of € 10 000
Prix ARS Electronica
September 3 to 8 2009, Linz - Austria

Jury's Special Mention
Festival du nouveau cinéma
October 8 to 19 2008, Montréal - Canada

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