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Excellence Award

A COUNTRY BETWEEN THE WORLD

WADA Toshikatsu / Original author: ARAI Ryoji

Animated short film [Japan]

© Arai Ryoji/NHK/NEP, Aniplex Inc.

Profile

ARAI Ryoji

Japan

Born in Yamagata, 1956. Extensive experience in advertising, picture book making, and theatrical design. In 2005 received Astrid Lindgren Memorial Literary Award.

( 2006 )

WADA Toshikatsu

Japan

Born in 1966. Entered Dentsu Blocks, inspired by Director OKAMOTO Tadanari. Created independent animations such as Bip & Bap, and directed the commentary portion of Winter Days.

( 2006 )

Award Reason

This is without doubt a masterpiece. I don’t believe that any previous animations have ever achieved feelings as relaxing, heart-warming, and cozy as this work. WADA Toshikatsu, the director, reproduced the world of ARAI Ryoji, the picture book artist, as an animation using the digital paper cutout method. WADA amusingly illustrates a story of Polta and his friends. His outstanding technique in paper cutout animation reminds me of the sharp, avant-garde edge of Norman MCLAREN, the Canadian animator as well as the sophisticated sensitivity of Bretislav POJAR, the Czech animator. WADA Toshikatsu is an exceptionally talented animator!

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