Split logs dance in sunlight as soon as the axe has cleared away. Czech folk music and time-lapse photography focus animistic energy upon clouds streaming across the sky, rivers raging with melted snow and the earth bursting with raw life. A mythic being born of wood and a crow flies through winter and back into spring. Back in man’s domain, these enchantments go unheeded. A rare example of stop motion puppetry done in open air, Jiří Barta’s A BALLAD OF GREEN WOOD fuses actuality and magic in its unique approach to nature reverie.
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Brilliant work. Plot moves quickly and kept me wondering what comes next? I loved the kind of double twist at the end. I am sure it isn't everyone's 'cup-o-tea' but the stop motion animation is amazing and worth watching even if you don't "get" it.