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The Danish Poet

Just in time for the 2013 Oscars, the 2007 Oscar winner for best animated short has turned up on Vimeo. And it’s one of the more magical Oscar winners in a many a moon — a serendipitous tale of the sad Danish poet Kaspar, who meets the love of his life, Ingeborg, on a vacation to Norway. But she’s destined to marry a local farmer, leaving Kaspar even more depressed than before. Will his fate finally turn? How much do circumstance and chance dictate all of our lives?

Torill Kove wrote and directed this delightfully quirky, hand-drawn work with teams of animators from the National Film Board of Canada and Mikrofilm AS in Norway. Liv Ullman is an inspired choice to serve as the narrator. The Danish Poet became the first film from Norway to capture an Oscar since Thor Heyerdahl’s documentary Kon-Tiki in 1952. H/T Kuriositas

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