Youngwoong Jang's 3-D animated short Mirage is a pretty, cryptic parable about water and "collecting" that is open to a couple of interpretations.
A "bio-mechanic robot" (a boy with a metal body) flits hither and yon in his underwater world, harvesting droplets of fresh water that keep him going.
He plucks "flowers" that have a precious drop each.
And then he discovers something with all the water he could want. The only problem? A goldfish lives in it and can't survive without it.
Mirage is a visually striking film that obscures its meaning, but there's a sentimental streak that gives all this tech, on and behind the screen, some heart.
Screening as part of the SHORTS PROGRAM 5, Animated Shorts: Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM at Enzian
Friday, April 4, 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM at Regal
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