A very unusual but still challenging and mesmerizing film. Watch (mature audiences only) the French animation short Chulyen, A Crow's Tale by by Cerise Lopez and Agnès Patron. 

This was the first short film project for French company IKKI FIlms (Negative Space), directed by Cerise Lopez and Agnès Patron.

Chulyen is strong, Chulyen is handsome. Chulyen is weak, Chulyen is ugly. Chulyen is the crow spirit, and three shamans are chasing after him.

Film Review (Vassilis Kroustallis):
The fact that Chulyen, A Crow's Tale is mesmerizingly disturbing would be an understatement. Inspired from The Crow Story of The Tanaina Tales from Alaska, it gets your attention from frame one. Two different creatures meet at first to prove that power struggles only have one end, and the game continues. The design the close-ups of the crow with the beak are majestic enough, and crow movements (especially when he is trying to navigate the canoe) even provide a comic relief. Yet, the fact remains that the essential ambiguity between being a man and an animal (and a predator and a well-meaning friend) drives his whole adventures, and our appreciation of the film itself. We all wonder what is hidden behind the (removable) beak, and whether perhaps the crow would resemble one of us. And this is the most disturbing thing.

Chulyen, A Crow's Tale
A film by Cerise Lopez and Agnès Patron 2015 20'
An ikki Films production | With the support of  Ciclic - Région Centre-Val de Loire,  Région Auvergne, Communauté de communes de la Chaise-Dieu, France 2, CNC - aide après réalisation
Animation : Cerise Lopez, Agnès Patron, Morgane Le Péchon, Jonas Schloesing, Lucas Malbrun, Laurence Szymaszek, Sandra Rivaud, Antoine Lopez
Sound: Mathieu Vigouroux | Sound mix : Mathias Chaumet | Editing : Cerise Lopez, Agnès Patron, Nazim Meslem | Grading:   Jean-Christophe Levet
Music : Pierre Oberkamp

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