Paths of Hate is a stunning animated film by Polish filmmaker Damian Nenow. It was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination in 2010, and won Best of Show at SIGGRAPH in 2011. The film explores the dehumanizing power of war, humanity’s relationship to technology and nature, and the ironic and ultimately tragic indomitability of the human spirit.
“Paths of Hate” is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.
The art is both stunning and true to the planes and pilots it depicts; a demonstrable love of the grace of flight, contrasted against the fragility and clumsiness of metal machines, pervades the film. The planes’ contrails (don’t start with me) score the sky like a figure skater’s graceful track. As the battle heightens, the beautiful tracery devolves into chaos, destruction, and then worse: perfect order, in perfect and unceasing opposition.
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