The Bulgarian short film “Physics of Sorrow” by Teodor Ushev won the grand prize at the International Festival of Animated Films in Annecy, France (Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy). It also received the FIPRESCI Award for International Criticism.
“Annecy has always been an important part of my life as a filmmaker, from my first projects on the web in 2002 to my latest film, The Physics of Sorrow. The festival practically took me by the hand and taught me to walk, as a father would for his child. I’ve won several awards at Annecy, except one: the spectacular Cristal Award. I’m extremely happy to receive it now, and feel like a mountaineer who has finally reached the summit after 18 years of climbing: this is my Everest!”, wrote Theo Ushev at his Facebook profile.
“Physics of Sorrow” by the artist Theo Ushev reveals a universal vision of sadness from the novel of the same name by Georgi Gospodinov. The animation is drawn with the ancient Egyptian technique of encaustics (wax painting) and captures the time and sadness of every person and his place in the world. Ushev worked on the project for eight years and did not strictly follow the plot of the book for the script.
Due to the COVID situation, for the first year part of the program of the festival in Annecy will be available online – until the end of June. The total number of animated films received in the period November 2019-March 2020 is quite impressive – 3171 from 94 countries. Of these, 59 short films, 44 student, 21 television and 35 advertising productions have been selected and will be part of the online program. Fans of the animation can follow what is coming on the official website of the festival.
For the festival
The event dates back to 1960, when it was founded by Pierre Barben. It was originally held every two years, but since 1997 it has been held annually. Its purpose is to promote animations created using a variety of techniques. The categories in which the titles are divided are feature, short, television and student.