Previously at the ICA - Films
3 May 2013 – 30 Jul 2013
★★★★★ 'an immersive masterpiece' Little White Lies
★★★★★ 'an astounding, unforgettable work' Front Row Reviews
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Total Film
'Hertzfeldt’s writing and delivery... are things of wonder' Sight & Sound
For almost 20 years, Don Hertzfeldt has been one of the world's most inventive, prodigiously talented and bracingly sardonic directors of hand-drawn animated film. It's Such a Beautiful Day is his scintillating feature debut.
The film follows an anxiety-stricken stick man named Bill for whom the mundane tasks of everyday life prove Earth-shatteringly momentous. We join him on a bittersweet existential odyssey which takes in dead birds, big onions, lunchbox messages, trains, manatees, leaf-blowers and the eventual death and rebirth of the known universe. The film is a pocket-sized epic, incorporating the blistering deadpan of Buster Keaton, the narrative back-flipping of Charlie Kaufman, the blissful Zen contemplation of Yazujiro Ozu and the grand philosophical investigations of Terrence Malick. It's Such a Beautiful Day is filmmaking at its most original: like nothing you will have seen before.
The film's US release last year was greeted by a chorus of positive reviews: it currently has a 100% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics describing it as 'rapturous', 'evocative' and 'beautiful'. It's Such a Beautiful Day was also selected as one of the AV Club's top 10 films of 2012.
Preceeding the main feature will be two of Hertzfeldt's acclaimed short films Rejected and The Meaning of Life.
Please note this film is suitable for persons aged 16 and over only.