BERLIN--Atsushi Wada’s “The Great Rabbit” won the Silver Bear award in the short film category at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 18.
The seven-minute animated film, produced by a French company and created with mechanical pencils that produce fine lines, depicts worshippers of the profound and mysterious "great rabbit."
“I started making the film on the theme of disobedience,” said Wada, 31, who was originally from Kobe but now lives in London. “The Japanese submit themselves to something, but they have little awareness of this fact.
“For example, while economic and nuclear power generation issues are serious, they cannot figure out what the problem is due to their complexity. I wanted to present complexity of the world as it is.”
Wada’s “Day of Nose” released in 2005 won the top prize in the short film category at the Norwich International Animation Festival.
With his growing popularity, Wada and his films have been increasingly invited to international festivals.
“I want to continue to make original films and contribute to the short film culture,” he said.
The top award of the festival, the Golden Bear for the best feature-length film, went to “Caesar Must Die” by Italian directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The two brothers filmed their work in a prison.
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