Previously at the ICA - Films
3 May 2013
Join us for an evening of Don Hertzfeldt films, with Time Out's Tom Huddleston and Little White Lies' David Jenkins presenting Hertzfeldt's debut feature It's Such a Beautiful Day alongside a selection of his incredible short works.
For almost 20 years, Don Hertzfeldt has been one of the world's most inventive, prodigiously talented and bracingly sardonic directors of hand-drawn animated film. It's Such a Beautiful Day is his scintillating feature debut, coming on the back of such celebrated (and Oscar-nominated) short works as Rejected, Wisdom Teeth and The Meaning Of Life.
The film follows an anxiety-stricken stick man named Bill for whom the mundane tasks of everyday life prove Earth-shatteringly momentous. We join him on a bittersweet existential odyssey which takes in dead birds, big onions, lunchbox messages, trains, manatees, leaf-blowers and the eventual death and rebirth of the known universe. The film is a pocket-sized epic, incorporating the blistering deadpan of Buster Keaton, the narrative back-flipping of Charlie Kaufman, the blissful Zen contemplation of Yazujiro Ozu and the grand philosophical investigations of Terrence Malick. It's Such a Beautiful Day is filmmaking at its most original: like nothing you will have seen before.
The film's US release last year was greeted by a chorus of positive reviews: it currently has a 100% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics describing it as 'rapturous', 'evocative' and 'beautiful'. It's Such a Beautiful Day was also selected as one of the AV Club's top 10 films of 2012.
It's Such a Beautiful Day subsequently screens from Saturday 4 May.