Short Film of the Week: Finding Uranus


In the Short Film of the Week corner this week, we find the animation Finding Uranus, which portrays the fantasy of a man of adolescence as a futuristic space adventure and draws attention with the use of music.

The Creep song in the Pablo Honey album of the British alternative rock band Radiohead is undoubtedly one of the biggest rock hits of the 90s. When we look at the words of this classic published in 1993, we see the reproaches of someone who thinks that the person he likes is “too” good for him, who is alienated from his environment. The fact that Creep is so loved and almost turned into an anthem is the direct expression of the emotions that almost everyone once experienced in their lives. Finding Uranus, the film named Ivan Li’s Best Learning Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, draws his source from this emotional state and his inspiration from this song. Director Li is able to turn this emotional state into a futuristic adventure, as well as doing a very successful job in using music by hosting different versions of Creep.

Finding Uranus: Futuristic Fantasy of an Adolescent

The film opens with an article that resembles Gaspar Noé films in terms of font and color, and calls the audience to be wary of what they will see. Immediately afterwards, we find ourselves in a world that resembles some episodes of Love, Death & Robots, a much talked about anthology series last year. A young man, whom we can guess during adolescence, is at his computer; stalk a woman – in the popular phrase of the last period -. As we understand from the reactions of the woman when she sees her husband, she sees herself inadequate – like many other adolescents living in a similar period – and decides to wank. The course of Finding Uranus changes with this action. Because before this young man wank, he wears a device similar to a VR glasses, and from that moment on it turns into a funny, surprising, mind-opening thinking practice created with the opportunity provided by the animation technology. In addition to four different versions of Creep, we can easily say that this 7-minute film is enriched with the Cold Song of Klaus Nomi, the music person that is extremely difficult to put into any mold, and turns into a difficult experience to forget. Not to mention that the writing preferences in the closing credits carry Tarantino breezes…

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