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Muybridge's Strings / Les cordes de Muybridge

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Can time be made to stand still? Can it be reversed? Koji Yamamura’s Muybridge’s Strings is a meditation on this theme, contrasting the worlds of the photographer Eadweard Muybridge—who in 1878 successfully photographed consecutive phases in the movement of a galloping horse—and a mother who, watching her daughter grow up, realizes she is slipping away from her. Moving between California and Tokyo, between the nineteenth century and the twenty-first, the film focuses on some of the highpoints in Muybridge’s troubled life and intercuts them with the mother’s surrealistic daydreams—a poetic clash that explores the irrepressible human desire to seize life’s fleeting moments, to freeze the instants of happiness. Enriched by Koji Yamamura’s refined artistry and Normand Roger’s soundtrack, Muybridge’s Strings observes the ties that cease to bind, fixes its gaze on the course of life, and presents a moment in time suspended on the crystalline notes of a canon by J.S. Bach.

2011, 12 min 39 s

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Special Prize
International Animation Festival
August 23 to 27 2012, Hiroshima - Japan

Firebird Award
International Film Festival
March 21 to April 5 2012, Hong Kong - China

Excellence Award (Animation Division)
Japan Media Arts Festival
February 21 to March 4 2012, Tokyo - Japan

The Great (Under)estimated Award
International Film Festival "Etiuda & Anima"
November 18 to 24 2011, Cracow - Poland

Silver Mikeldi for Animation- with a cash prize of 3000 euros
International Festival of Documentary and Short Film - (Zinebi)
November 11 to 18 2011, Bilbao - Spain

Best Canadian Film or Video Award
Reel Asian International Film Festival
November 8 to 13 2011, Toronto - Canada

Prize RTP2: Onda Curta
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 7 to 13 2011, Espinho - Portugal

Jury's Special Prize
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 7 to 13 2011, Espinho - Portugal

Honorary Mention
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 17 to 23 2011, Leipzig - Germany