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The Sommets Masterclass: A Festival favourite!

October 3rd, 2019

Masterclass by Theodore Ushev
Thursday December 5 2019, 9 h 30 am to 3 pm Adults : $15 // Students and Seniors : $12 Free admission: Accreditations, Sommets Passeport holders, Cinémathèque Members

The NFB, in partnership with Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation, is pleased to invite you to an artist’s talk by Theodore Ushev.

This four-hour masterclass will focus on Ushev’s latest work, The Physics of Sorrow, for which he drew inspiration from a novel by Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov. The Physics of Sorrow is Theodore Ushev’s most ambitious, intimate and touching film to date.

The short film paints a compelling picture of a disconnected generation, lost inside perpetually shifting spaces both private and geographical. Every frame of the film, exquisitely drawn and animated by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, is a work of art in itself, aptly evoking the mesmerizing existence of its nostalgic protagonist. The Physics of Sorrow is the first fully animated work to use the technique of encaustic painting. The process, used since ancient times, consists in adding coloured pigments to melted beeswax, and then applying the warm paste to a surface. Ushev used an old recipe handed down by his father.

Note that there will be some surprise guests joining this out-of-the-ordinary master class.