Horrifying “Rootless Heart” wins at Korean fest

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Rootless Heart

Root­less Heart

Japan­ese direc­tor Toshiko Hata’s ani­ma­tion “Root­less Heart” was named the Jury’s Choice for Short Film at the 11-day Puchon Inter­na­tional Fan­tas­tic Film Fes­ti­val, held in South Korea.

The 10-minute Root­less Heart is a mostly silent, painstak­ingly ani­mated clay­ma­tion hor­ror short. In it, a grotesque humanoid mon­ster is mur­der­ing hik­ers in the woods. When a boy and his lit­tle sis­ter become trapped in a cabin, they must find a way to fight off the preda­tory advances of the unre­lent­ing monster.

Born in 1985, Hata grad­u­ated last year from the Grad­u­ate School of Film and New Media of Tokyo Uni­ver­sity of the Arts. Her major works include Mem­ory of Usual Days (2008), SUIYOU (2008), Bloom (2009) and Where He Can Relax (2010).

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