Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Gints Zilbalodis / Feature Narrative / Latvia / 2019 / 75 min / DCP
In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Interests: Animation
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


A fairytale-like adventure in which a young boy crash lands on a mysterious island. As he begins to explore this new world, our protagonist finds himself relentlessly pursued by a dark, malevolent creature. Unfolding over four distinct chapters, the film is a solemn journey across a mysterious land, traversing barren deserts and lush forests. With a little yellow bird as his only companion, our hero must race to safety on his trusty motorcycle amid the beautiful yet strange surroundings.

The film abstains from dialogue to create a vibrant and satisfying environment full of both unspoken dread and wonder. While the animation itself is rather rudimentary and at times, sparse—this aesthetic only adds to the film’s strange and absorbing power, creating a hypnotizing atmosphere that makes for compelling viewing. Part dream, part reality, the storyline is a reflection of the creative process of the production of the film itself. A labour of love, ‘Away’, was written, produced, directed, and composed entirely by the very talented Gints Zilbalodis.

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About the Directors

Gints Zilbalodis is a Latvian filmmaker and animator. His fascination for filmmaking began at an early age watching classic films, and making shorts and commercials. He has made seven short films to date in various mediums including hand-drawn animation, 3D animation and live-action, and often mixes their characteristic aesthetics.


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Sales Company
Cinema Management Group
Production Company
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Front Row Filmed Entertainment

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