Bird in the Peninsula
Japanese animation filmmaker Atsushi Wada is a unique and essential figure in contemporary animation. Wada started making films in 2002. In his early, rather messy work, you can see an artist struggling with the medium; his films are doodles rather than tightly finished animations.
That's different with Bird in the Peninsula, which had its world premiere in Berlin last year. In the short film, several of his signature traits can be found, such as the absence of a straight narrative, his fascination with animals, quiet sounds, and the repetition of certain actions. Wada's minimalism and attention to detail fascinate.