Short of the Week

Paths of Hate

>>>>Video File Down Due to Copyright Claim by Platige Image<<<<
A stunning aerial dogfight between two pilots brings both to the edge, transforming them into something darker, in this highly anticipated short animation.

The trailer for this Polish short animation caused quite a stir at the start of 2011, and now out of the blue, the whole version is up on Vimeo thanks to Italy’s Imaginaria Film Festival. The reason for the initial interest is easily apparent—stunning visuals that recreate a WWII-era dogfight in the air. Poland’s under-appreciated studio Platige Image, provides the production, and all one can say is, “Wow”. The film looks like a gritty, graphic novel brought into motion. Damien Nenow, a relatively recent grad of Lodz Film School provides direction, based off of proof of concept developed while still a student.

The full-version of the film fails somewhat to live up to the promise of the teaser, as I feel it goes off the rails narratively. An extended action sequence, Paths of Hate is probably a couple of minutes too long, and introduces a surreal turn of events that you’ll either love or hate. The film drops you right into a gorgeous aerial dogfight, and attempts to show how the singleminded focus of the warrior perverts the intrinsic humanity of both combatants, creating something darker and more evil. However the depiction of this transformation is almost laughable in how over-the-top it is presented. I’ve seen the film twice at festivals, and the first time, flush with excitement from the trailer, I hated the full-version. However each subsequent viewing has deepened my appreciation, to where I almost find it profound. Definitely recommend that you see this and decide for yourself, and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Chart22265

    Super cool! Fantastic animation. I don’t think that the last few “surreal” minutes are over the top at all.

  • Tubefingers

    Video is password protected, any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    The video is available here: http://ow.ly/1eZkw3 ( source here: http://goo.gl/rirLl )

  • http://www.cafeetv.com.br Café e TV

    The video is down again and I couldn’t find another source.

  • http://www.cafeetv.com.br Café e TV

    The video is down again and I couldn’t find another source.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    It seemed rather unusual that a highly-decorated film like this, with a team strong in promotional savvy would allow their film to come online unannounced via a fairly modest festival. Should have known better, but I didn’t want to get left behind in the rush to pick up on the film. 

    It seems apparent that the release was a mistake, a simple matter of someone forgetting to add the privacy settings to the film in Vimeo, and as such I will respect the creator’s wishes and not go looking for new links that may prop up because of this miscue. Hope you do the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Thanks for providing the original link, appreciate the effort and sentiment. Because the release seems like it was accidental, I don’t want to punish the filmmakers for a mistake however. Thus I won’t update the link until an official version comes out. 

  • http://www.cafeetv.com.br Café e TV

    You’re welcome. I’ll do the same on my site.  I updated my post and added the trailer, so that people can have a taste of this short.

    BTW, I really love your site! :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Dude! Great link. A 30 min conversation/tutorial from the director of Paths of Hate at SIGGRAPH. Sponsored by Autodesk 3Ds Max

  • http://twitter.com/kung_fuelvis kung_fuelvis

    Back on Vimeo again – altho still no way of knowing if this is the official release?

    https://vimeo.com/47128375

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Alas, most assuredly not an official release. The guy’s account is full of short film TV-rips from Canal+.