Synopsis: The main protagonist of this short, surreal film is a man obsessed with control. In an automated world drained of all emotion, he is tortured by vague longings. Will he be able to transcend his obsessions and fears?
Downtown Toronto, there used to be a magical place called the National Film Board. At the NFB, there were several big-screen TVs connected with comfy chairs. Built into these chairs were surround sound-systems.
The National Film Board had and still has (on its website and on YouTube) thousands upon thousands of amazing short films. Some are sad, some are happy, some are quirky, some are brutal and bizarre.
Best part about the NFB: you could sit there for hours watching films and it was free.
I used to go there after high school, and as with anything, I developed favourites.
This short film, “How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels”, is one of my top three. It’s dark and brooding. It’s mixed media (live action, animation, stop-animation, and rotoscoped material) and absolutely stunning.
I hope you enjoy it.