Benigni: A Tale of Solitary Loneliness and Affliction

Benigni: A Tale of Solitary Loneliness and Affliction

Benigni is a dramatic and beautifully conceived animated short film created by Elli Vuorinen, Jasmiini Ottelin and Pinja Partanen, students at Sweden’s Turku Arts Academy. A combination of puppetry, stop-motion and computer-aided 2D animation, the film tells the story of Benigni who is a rather seedy, chain-smoking xylophone player living a solitary existence until he discovers a nasty growth sprouting out of his side. This calls for some drastic pruning, but the tumor is not what it appears to be, which takes the story in a totally unexpected direction, and the resolving twist is even more shocking. Moving, funny, sad and surprising all at once, Benigni is well on its way to becoming an internet classic.

Benigni: A Tale of Solitary Loneliness and Affliction

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