The Adventures of a Cardboard Box: Humorous Play and Melancholy Loss

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box: Humorous Play and Melancholy Loss

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box is a fascinating short film by English illustrator and filmmaker Temujin Doran, which was named a finalist in the 2011 Nokia Shorts Video Contest. Thousands of videos from around the world were submitted and judged over a four month period, and from those seven films were selected as finalists. The seven finalists were screened and judged at the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Temujin’s short film has been described rather simply as the story of one boy’s escapades with a large cardboard box, which he uses as a gateway to a multitude of fantasy adventures. The film is, of course, much more than that; it is no accident that Temujin cited the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip as the main inspiration for his film. As with the major underlying theme of Calvin and Hobbes, this film can be viewed as a contemporary narrative about one young boy’s uses of a transitional object in his play and illusions as explorations of ideas about identity and the self. Ultimately, the film becomes a perfect combination of humor and melancholy loss.

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box: Humorous Play and Melancholy Loss

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Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

To whom shall I tell my grief?  Misery tears my heart more cruelly than ever.
Can I not find among the crowd of thousands someone who will listen to me?

Grief is a deeply moving short film directed by the German filmmaker Daniel Lang, which is adapted from Anton Chekhof’s short story, Misery.  On a rainy and gloomy night, a battered taxi drifts through the streets of Berlin.  Iona, a Russian immigrant, is behind the wheel.  His son had supported the family by driving the taxi until his sudden, unexpected death the previous week.  Now Iona has taken his son’s place, trying hard to make his way as a blundering taxi driver.  But what he really wants is to find someone, anyone to talk to about his son’s death.

Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

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