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“Let me go back to the start again,” sings a voice in Mariusz Wilczynski’s hand-drawn animated feature, and OIAF20 Grand Prize winner, Kill it and Leave This Town.

Imagine if you could have your family, loved ones, assorted heroes, and idols all come together and reside snuggly within the comfort of your memories, no matter how fictionalized or misremembered (as Paul Auster once wrote, “memory is a story told a second time”).

Themes of nostalgia, loss, and mortality run throughout Wilcynski’s body of work. Before Kill it, he made several short films (Times Have Passed, For My Mother and Me, Unfortunately, Kizi Mizi, and music videos (Allegro ma non tropp, Death to Five), all of them carrying themes and elements that are later found in Kill it and Leave This Town. The past, in particular, appears to carry great weight in Wilcynski’s films to the point where you wonder if it’s a case of struggling to let go of the past or whether diving into it, it better informs our next steps.

The complexities of life unfold in this multi-layered sequence using photo, drawing, and cutout.
  • Runtime
    3 minutes
  • Director
    Mariusz Wilczynski