DirectorEugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove Release date1999 DirectorsRose Newlove, Eugene Fedorenko CastNicholas Rice, Jack Newman Similar moviesEvery Child (1979), When the Day Breaks (1999), The Big Snit (1985), Lost in the Barrens (1990), Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square (1998)
Tagline“Outsiders call Chelm the village of idiots,” Shmendrick explains, “but our rabbi said we were a city of natural geniuses, with our own way of figuring things out.”
Village of idiots hd
Village of Idiots is a short animated comedy based on the classic humorous Jewish folk tales of Chełm directed and animated by Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove, written by John Lazarus, and produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Fedorenko is the Academy Award-winning animator of the 1979 NFB short Every Child.
“Outsiders call Chelm the village of idiots," Shmendrick explains, "but our rabbi said we were a city of natural geniuses, with our own way of figuring things out.”
With muted, mesmerizing illustrations and heavy accordion-based music, the film follows Shmendrick as he sets out on a journey away from home for the first time. But along his journey from Chełm to Warsaw, he comes upon a city that is eerily similar to the one he left behind. The rest of us might think Shmendrik just took a wrong turn and ended up back home, but for Shmendrik, this discovery sheds light on holy teachings: “The Talmud tells us that the world everywhere is the same," he recalls.
Village of Idiots has won eight awards:
Best Animated Short film at the Genie Awards
Two directing awards at the Montreal World Film Festival
Won Animation at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
Centaur Award at the St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival
Best Animated Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival
Won an award from the Writers Guild of Canada
Second prize at the Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films
It was also included in the Animation show of shows.