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Away Rating: An exquisite animated film made entirely by one person

The full-length animation Away was created exclusively by filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis. The writing, animation, and soundtrack are all straightforward, and the storytelling is all the better, he says Simon Ings


18th November 2020

Away tells the story of a boy who is pursued by a strange, humanoid figure

Subliminal films



Gints Zilbalodis

In selected cinemas with a digital release in early 2021

A BARREN landscape at sunrise. From the strings of his deflated parachute dangling from the twisted branch of a dead tree, a boy slowly wakes up to his surroundings, just as a figure appears out of the dreamy desert light of dawn. Humanoid but not human, faceless and yet indescribably sad. The huge figure shuffles towards the boy, leans forward and tries, although it has no mouth, to swallow him somehow.

The boy breaks away from his …