Maghout and his small team have created the uniquely unpleasant feeling of being lost and suffering without even a notch of exploitation of their characters.
The Ink Doesn’t Dry seems both old-timey and contemporary. Its stark black and white colour scheme serves as a nod to the modernist tendencies of the late 50s and early 60s, especially when combined with different types of hand-held shots and the notion of rawness in the editing department.
The titular region in Russia, dividing Europe and Asia, is special for our narrator, since she considers a Soviet military settlement in South Ural to be her childhood home.
Reitz’ thoughts are delivered by fast-paced narration accompanied by the illustrations by the means of equally quick simple 2D animation and the striking, pulsating electronic score in the background.
Plume (Lorette Sauvet) is a circus artist, performing on trapeze and she is auditioning for a place in the biggest circus company in Paris.
Before you start watching Paul Holbrook’s & Sam Dawe’s short horror Hungry Joe, make sure your stomache’s empty.