Sundance 2016: #3 – Animation Spotlight
Surreal, enigmatic portrait of a young man feeling lost and listless and finding some sort of escape with a new group of friends—but at a psychological price.
Easily my favorite of the animated shorts. Waves '98 is brave and ambitious with the amount of ambiguity it presents (the director also smartly refused to explain the symbolism in the film). I certainly couldn't explain what it all "means" without watching it several more times (and perhaps without getting to know the filmmaker himself), but I got a stronger sense of the character and his emotional/psychological state than any other short.
There's also a creative mix of animation with live action, and some of the shots of the city are show-stoppingly gorgeous.
Not sure where you'll be able to find this outside of Sundance for now, but definitely worth keeping your eyes out for this one.
Watch the trailer here