Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar shines light on human nature in this simple but profound paper cutout shapes short”Balablok” created in 1972.

“Here is an animated replay of the human comedy as amusing in its perception as in the way it caricatures humanity’s propensity to resort to violence rather than to reason. The whole arena of conflict is reduced to its simplest dimensions–cubes and balls representing antagonists. Why they fight and what happens after the battle is a parody of human nature.” Bretislay Pojar

This speechless stop motion short film won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or du court métrage in 1973 from the National Film Board of Canada.

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