Texture has a special role in the animated short film Oh Willy..., which was selected to compete at the Clermont-Ferrand international short film festival in January. The puppets and sets are made of wool, felt and other fabrics, from fine llama fleece to old couch stuffing. This gives the film a soft, tactile atmosphere that complements its strange and touching story.

On the set of Oh WillyFifty-something Willy, plump and ill-at-ease, returns to the naturist community where he grew up to visit his dying mother. This brings back memories, not all of them pleasant, which build into an emotional crisis when his mother finally passes away. Distraught, he wanders in the woods at night, coming face to face with his fears, but also finding an unusual source of comfort. (trailer)

Oh Willy... is directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc Roels, who developed their distinctive style with Zachte Planten, De Swaef's graduation film from the Sint Lukas academy in Brussels. The 17-minute film is produced by Flemish stop-motion specialists Beast Animation, in collaboration with Vivement Lundi and Polaris in France and il Luster in the Nether lands.

Published on Thursday 26 January 2012

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