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Like a dream in the morning mist, a mighty ox emerges from the rain-soaked earth dragging the remnants of an old cart. A prisoner of its yoke, the great beast pulls its heavy load, which carries within it a greedy and angry nation of people—a hungry parasite that saps its energy and consumes its body and soul.


An allegory of mankind heading for disaster, Bydlo is a tragic vision inspired by the fourth movement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Drawing on the composer’s brilliant ability to evoke work and labour in his music, Patrick Bouchard brings the earth to life through animated clay sculptures, creating a concrete and terrifying world, a tactile nightmare in which man is his own slave driver.

2012, 08 min 53 s

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Special Mention
Festival international d'animation Ciné court animé
March 24 to 30 2014, Roanne - France

Best Canadian Short
TAAFI Awards- Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
July 26 to 28 2013, Toronto - Canada

Grand prix
Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement
April 19 to 27 2013, Saint-Casimir - Canada

Meilleur court/moyen métrage d'animation
Gala Québec Cinéma
March 17 2013, Montréal - Canada

Special Jury Mention in the Best International Animation Short Category (Professional)
EME Awards
March 9 2013, Mumbai - India

Best Animation Film
International Short Film Festival
February 1 to 9 2013, Clermont-Ferrand - France

Grand Prix of the Festival – The Golden Jabberwocky with a cash prize of €2500
International Film Festival "Etiuda & Anima"
November 28 to 29 2012, Cracow - Poland

Special Distinction
Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma d'Animation
November 12 to 20 2012, Wissembourg - France

Best Professional Short
Stop Motion Film Festival
October 19 to 21 2012, Montréal - Canada

Special Award for Technical Achievement in the Animation Category
Fantasia Festival
July 19 to August 9 2012, Montréal - Canada

Coup de coeur (animation) Special Prize
Fantasia Festival
July 19 to August 9 2012, Montréal - Canada

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