Raymonde or the Vertical Escape by Sarah Van Den BoomThis week’s Staff Pick Premiere transports us to an idyllic cottage in the French countryside where we meet Raymonde, a lonely owl longing for human companionship. In her award winning stop-motion film, “Raymonde or the Vertical Escape,” Sarah Van Den Boom cleverly uses comedy as a means to explore themes of social acceptance, isolation, and sensuality.
Inspired by the women in Van Den Boom’s family, Raymonde is an anthropomorphic owl with an expressionless face and a deep desire to be understood. Her closest companions are two small imaginary women that embody her fantasies and a friendly dog postman that becomes the object of her obsession. With its cinematic design and playful nature, the film’s characters feel both familiar and otherworldly. Raymonde may be a little owl made out of clay, but her loneliness and longing are very human.
After a celebrated festival run and nomination for “Best Animated Short Film” at the 2019 Cesar awards, “Raymonde or the Vertical Escape” is premiering exclusively on Vimeo.
Γλώσσα Γαλλική. Δυνατότητα υποτίτλων και σε άλλες γλώσσες.