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The NFB at the Berlin International Film Festival. Theodore Ushev's animated short Blind Vaysha has its world premiere in competition at the Berlinale.
January 13, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is pleased to announce that Blind Vaysha , the new animated short by Theodore Ushev, will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. Screening in competition in the Generation – Short Film section, Blind Vaysha was produced at the NFB by Marc Bertrand and executive producer Julie Roy, with the participation of ARTE France. The 66th Berlinale will be held from February 11 to 21, 2016.
For his 13th film, the renowned filmmaker and animator adapted a short story by acclaimed Bulgarian poet, playwright and author Georgi Gospodinov. Using an expressive and powerful style poised between religious paintings and linocuts, Ushev reaffirms his virtuosity in visual experimentation.
Vaysha is not like other young girls: her left eye sees only the past; her right, only the future. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she is trapped, unable to live in the present. Brilliantly narrated by actor Caroline Dhavernas and featuring sound design by Olivier Calvert, Blind Vaysha is a captivating metaphor for the difficulty of being in the here-and-now.
About Theodore Ushev
Born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in 1968, Theodore Ushev graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and began his career as a poster artist in his native country. In 1999, he settled in Montreal, where he quickly acquired a reputation as a talented and prolific animator through such films as The Man Who Waited (2006) and Tzaritza (2006). In 2006, he began work on an acclaimed trilogy on the relationship between art and power with Tower Bawher, soon followed by Drux Flux (2008) and Gloria Victoria (2013). In parallel, he made a number of short films focusing on artists and filmmakers and their relation to the world, including Lipsett Diaries (2010), his best-known work and a 16-time award winner; Nightingales in December (2011); and Apart (2012). His fascination with new content-delivery platforms led him to produce works for the Internet ( Vertical, 2003) and mobile phones ( Sou, 2004) as well as a music video ( Demoni, 2012). Third Page from the Sun (2014) was a daring reflection on the future of books. Animated with his own blood, Blood Manifesto (2015) is a violent poem that asks which ideals are worth shedding blood for. Also in 2015, Ushev created The Sleepwalker (Sonámbulo), a surreal journey through shapes and colours, produced by the filmmaker and Unité centrale, which received a prize in Zagreb and was selected to screen at numerous festivals. His latest project, Blind Vaysha, is a metaphor for our struggle to live in the moment.
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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 14 Canadian Screen Awards, 11 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.
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