You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born

2019 | 00:33:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Aging, Animals, Animation, Body, Death and Dying, Feminism, Future, Love, Memory, Philosophy, Sexuality

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You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born is a visually stunning work that follows a woman through a life characterized by damage and loss, but in which she finds humor, love, and joy. With a score that follows the span of Lenore’s life, from her birth in the early 70s to her death in the 2040s, the film takes us from moments of harrowing loss to those of poignancy and dark humor. Her life is told through voice over, narrated by performers who range in age from nine to sixty-nine, and is beautifully illustrated with images of animals (including humans), insects and landscapes.

You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born conveys how the human animal’s ineluctable death drive can be the source of both profound comedy and tragic cruelty. In the many stories relayed across this short but voluble film, viewers are invited into an intimate identification with the experiences of marginalized others.”

— Eli Horwatt

Premiere

International Rotterdam Film Festival
Rotterdam
2019

Exhibitions + Festivals

European Media Arts Festival 2019