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#1 Ark – Animated Film by Grzegorz Jonkajtys

Opening with

Life’s but a a walking shadow,
A poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more;
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare

and a musical accompaniment that resonates within you, echoing a sense of loss and hopeless foreboding, Ark plunges you into a desolate world; a world with restrictive borders, no freedom, no light – for the inhabitants own safety.

Throughout Ark there is a permanent sense of darkness, aided not only by the collectively grim and murky mise-en-scène, but by the haunting non-diegetic string musicians who have the power – literally at their fingertips – to instil in you the faintest candle-like flicker of hope with the merest shift in notes.

Ark is eerily similar to humanity’s pessimistic outlook on life. Or, for some, perhaps, it is not just a perspective but also a mirror. Once we cross one hurdle and hope for a moment’s respite, a split-second chance to catch our breath, another is set in front of us and we must either take it in our stride or crash and tumble.

Grzegorz Jonkajtys’ choice to include Shakespeare in the opening scene of the short is a clever use of foreshadowing, bringing the entire seven and a half minute film full-circle, urging you to look further than the post-apocalyptic narrative, to move you and compel you to challenge the way you – and others – perceive reality; that our reality is not everyone’s reality… Something we are all guilty of not taking into consideration, too wrapped up in our own constructed worlds.

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