17 September 2011

My Love

My Love is a 2006 paint-on-glass-animated short film directed by Aleksandr Petrov, based on A Love Story (1927) by Ivan Shmelyov. Work on the film took place in Yaroslavl, Russia over a period of three years at the studio DAGO Co. It was funded by Russia's Channel One and Dentsu Tec in Japan.

It is quite a breathtaking animation, using Petrov’s conventional technique of paint-on-glass, a very painstaking and time consuming technique (hence the reason it took three years to make) but it is also a very rewarding one, always a visual treat.

We do not usually feature animations much longer than five minutes on Kuriositas and My Love comes in at just under thirty minutes. However, it is a visual treat with a compelling story and hero.

My Love tells the story of Anton, in his sixteenth year and with his romantic and sexual inclinations awakening. He searches for his first love and finds himself presented with a choice. There is the household maid, his age and pretty, flirtatious and self evidently prepared to return his feelings. Then, there is the mysterious older woman with the blue spectacles who lives with a group of men next door.

Who will Anton choose and what will be the consequences of his actions?