Netherlands , 2020, 9'50''
Director: Arjan Brentjes
Producer: Arjan Brentjes

Synopsis: In a heavily polluted world, a young woman mourns the disappearance of animal species. We see her go against the stream of the indifferent masses, and make daily visits to the museum of natural history to make drawings of the ever increasing number of extinct animal species. Her considerate character doesn’t protect her from a bacterial infection, when a global pandemic strikes. When her health deteriorates, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations. Sad Beauty is a short animation film in Art Nouveau style, that eventually deals with how to find consolation while accepting the fact that at some point mankind will cease to exist.

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Director: Arjan Brentjes
Arjan Brentjes started his career as a painter, and in 2008 he switched to moving images. Since 2010 he is dedicated to making short film, the last years mostly animation. Arjan often takes the viewer back to a visual style from the past, to look at our present, or future from there. Thereby wittily commenting on the development of our technological society and the haughtiness of man.

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