Michael Dudok de wit is a cartoonist, illustrator, animation director. Here is his most famous work which is “father and daughter” it won the Oscar award, British Academy Film Awards, Annecy awards and a series of other awards.
Michael Dudok de Wit was born in 1953 and educated in Holland. In 1978, he graduated from the West Surrey College of Art in England with his first film The Interview. After working for a year in Barcelona, he settled in London where he directs and animates award-winning commercials for television and cinema. In 1992, he created the short film Tom Sweep, followed by The Monk and the Fish (1994), which was made in France with the studio Folimage. This film was nominated for an Oscar and has won numerous prizes including a César and the Cartoon d’Or. Michael also illustrates books and teaches animation at art colleges in England and abroad
The story of a father who leaves his daughter and rows off into the ocean, it commences with two figures riding their bicycles, the smaller of the wheels in perfect symmetry with the larger. The father and daughter climb to the top of a hill at which point the father alights, hugs his daughter before climbing down to the seashore. He cannot resist running back and holding the girl one last time before rowing off towards the distant horizon. The girl runs up and down against the skyline as the sun gradually sets. There is no explanation. She returns again and again to her vantage point on the cliff to peer out to sea for his return. Each return marks a passage in her life from child to adolescent, mother and eventually old woman and then meets her father in the afterlife.
A very moving and touching piece of animation about life, loss and love. That no matter how many years pass we still yearn to be with the ones we love.
The music is provided by Kate Bush and the track is called “Among Angels”