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Kill it and Leave This Town is an animated feature inspired by Marius Wilczynski’s time in dismal 1980’s Poland. The mix of 2D drawings and cut-out animation creates a grotesque, surreal atmosphere. While a train rides through memories, it introduces the viewer to unusual and random characters. Caricatures of the elderly lead us to believe that old age and the journey toward death return us to being a child. An old woman morphs into itty bitty baby. It alludes to the cycle of a parent raising a child for the child to then raise the parent. Even if a stoic adult offspring doesn’t have much to discuss with the ailing parent, it’s a duty they must do. Listen to the parent, tend to their daily medication, be patient. After all, isn’t that what the parent did for the child all those years? Isn’t it a fair trade-off?

Relationships are like that. There’s both give and take. There is ugly within the beautiful and vice versa. Often, couples squabble or poke fun at one another, but end up lovey-dovey in the conclusion of their exchange. There is a sense throughout that we are all just putting up with each other. But under the surface lie true bonds. Though Wilczynski explores the bittersweetness of life, it is with an awareness of finality. Death. How can we come to terms with the end of all things?

In this world there is lying. There is betrayal. Does love forgive everything? These running themes are bleak, but somehow with an underlying optimism. When some things end, other things begin.

 

A nod to dear departed Editor Sandro FortePolish director Andrzej Wajda (who Sandro was fond of) recorded a short voice cameo for the film before his death in 2016.

Kill it and Leave This Town On Demand October 7th – 31st, 2020

https://nouveaucinema.ca/