The Ribbon Director Polla-Ilariya Kozino

The animated film «The Ribbon» by the young director Polla-Ilariya Kozino runs for only four minutes, but during this time it evokes a wide range of emotions. Director Polla-Ilariya Kozino combines a kid’s universe and totally professional skills. She works wonderfully with details. We don’t see any unnecessary things and each frame are very carefully thought out. Her author’s view is unique. Through a child’s view of the world, the director shows the viewer deep philosophical and religious ideas. A short cartoon turns out to be a reflection on the structure of the universe and being. And at the same time, «The Ribbon» is a kind and simple film with a beautiful image and wonderful music.

It’s hard to believe, but the four-minute film has two storylines. One line is a real-life story, the other is a metaphysical story. First, we see a girl playing in a magical forest with fairy-tale animals, and then we see the same girl in real life. At this point, the viewer understands that the first scene takes place in an otherworldly location.

The author created a delicate and deep idea of the afterlife. There’s nothing religious about it. This is beautiful philosophical fiction. Paradise is a bright and joyful world of childhood and happiness. Death is not the end, but the beginning of an exciting journey into an amazing fantasy world. So, despite the sad ending of one storyline, the whole story has a happy ending.

Oddly enough, for all the time of historical development, humanity has left not so many works describing the posthumous existence: the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Bardo Thodol, and several less-known Christian Apocrypha. Of course, there is some information about the afterlife in the doctrines of various religions, but little attention is paid to it in general. Fiction writers have always loved to play with fantastic assumptions and to create new universes, but few of them have fantasized about life after death. However, everything that concerns life after death is a fertile ground for a work of art. There are no limits to imagination, and the talented work will always resonate with the audience. At the same time, such works as «The Ribbon» have a certain psychotherapeutic effect.

«The Ribbon» makes the viewer worry and sad, but in the next scene, the mood changes, and the viewer experiences an emotional lift and joy. Such an amazing dramatic effect in a few seconds could not have been achieved without the amazing music of Jonathan Galland. The composer created a unique musical solution, which is not background music.

There are many movies where the soundtrack is background music. So the viewer does not perceive it. A more experienced viewer will say: it would be better if this music did not exist. This is really the problem of many films, including blockbusters. In the case of the composer Jonathan Galland, we can say: it is impossible to imagine this film without his music. The music score is subtly woven into the film. Musical phrases support every change in the frame. A beautiful melody creates an exalted mood. Moreover, this astounding score really sounds like paradise music. The image and music become a single whole and give birth to a genuine artwork. «The Ribbon» is a beautifully animated masterpiece created by director Polla-Ilariya Kozino, composer Jonathan Galland and the crew.