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Away – Online Screening

From Friday 22nd January 2021

AWAY is about a boy travelling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, AWAY explores our common, universal need to find a connection.

The multiple award-winning film took the prestigious Contrechamp Award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019. Director and animator Gints Zilbalodis worked on the film for three and a half years, writing the fascinating story, creating the beautifully animated landscapes and characters, and composing and recording the enchanting music to this stunning dialogue-free film.

2019 Latvia | Directed by Gints ZilbalodisU Cert, 75 mins

Reviews

★★★★
“Wondrous and original“
“Silent, surreal and entrancing animation“
Leslie Felperin, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★
“Simply extraordinary“
Larushka Ivan-zadah, METRO

★★★★
“beguiling“
Kevin Maher, THE TIMES                      

★★★★
“The style is simplistic yet effective, the score is wonderful and Zilbalodis certainly conjures up some hauntingly beautiful images”
Andy Lea, DAILY EXPRESS

★★★★
“Away has the mild rush of a coming-of-age dream, the sort that lodges in your memory as symbolic and significant as you pass from one stage of life to the next.“
David Calhoun, TIME OUT

“a quiet marvel”
Simon Wardell, GUARDIAN GUIDE (Buried Treasure feature on 2020 hidden cultural gems)

“It’s my film of the week”
“A great piece of art”
“Kids will love it”
Ian Nathan, TIMES RADIO (Phil Williams show, Aug 31)

“This spellbinding animation is hypnotic from start to finish with stunning visuals and a breathtaking score“
“Away is metaphorical, beautiful and expressive with many valuable insights on life“
Ruth Allen, FILMS IN TOWN 

Looks set to become a landmark in the history of animation. It looks magnificent.
David Parkinson, PARKY AT THE PICTURES

“A remarkable achievement that will delight the whole family”
George Savvides, PARIKIAKI (weekly Greek newspaper)

“It’s undeniably beautiful and imaginative”
Rob Aldam, BACK SEAT MAFIA

 Film Review of the Week
LONDON NET (PRESS ASSOCIATION*)

“Remarkable…visually entrancing”
Mike Davies, BRUM NOTES

“Zilbalodis has crafted an impressive feature debut that has plenty of heart to captivate its audience”
Rafael Motamayor, SLASH FILM

“A beautifully crafted minimalist adventure… instances of pure animated bliss”
Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Away is hugely atmospheric. It brings a new sensibility to animation”
Alex Dudok de Wit, SIGHT & SOUND

“Truly remarkable” “A captivating experience with some unforgettable imagery” Chris Perkins, AFA (ANIMATION FOR ADULTS)

“An astonishing achievement” Laurence Boyce, CINEUROPA

“Half of the point of this is just to revel for an hour and ten minutes in the fantastic landscapes Zilbalodis has dreamed up”
SOCIALIST WORKER

“It is an admirable endeavour that has paid off immensely, in what is a delightful movie. Zilbalodis is an animator to keep your eye on”
Matthew Singleton, FILM INQUIRY

“In live action, even drones can’t achieve the same effect as “Away’s” gravity-defying virtual camera”
Peter Debruge, VARIETY

“Destined to be an animated classic”
“Be prepared for a transcendent experience”
David Cuevas, ON THE CLOCK BLOG

Awards

WINNER: Contrechamp Award (Best Emerging Talent) – Annecy 2019

WINNER: Best Feature Film – Anima Mundi Int’l Film Festival 2019

WINNER: Best Animated Feature Film – Latvian National Film Festival 2019

WINNER: Best Animated Feature – Strasburg European Fantastic Film Festival 2019

Special Jury Award for Artistic Achievement to Gints Zilbalodis – CineCina Film Festival [New York] 2019

Golden Stork co-winner (with ‘I Lost My Body’) – Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival 2019

Website: https://www.munrofilmservices.co.uk/movie-site/away-1?country=united-kingdom#athome

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