Village of Idiots

Village of Idiots

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Based on a Jewish folk tale adapted by playwright John Lazarus, this animated short tells the story of Shmendrik, a simpleton living in a small Polish village. Weary of daily life in his native Chelm, Shmendrik sets out on a quest for knowledge that brings him to a new Chelm, a place eerily reminiscent of his old Chelm. An amusing take on our tendency to romanticize what we don't have.

Special Jury Award 2000

Based on a Jewish folk tale adapted by playwright John Lazarus, this animated short tells the story of Shmendrik, a simpleton living in a small Polish village. Weary of daily life in his native Chelm, Shmendrik sets out on a quest for knowledge that brings him to a new Chelm, a place eerily reminiscent of his old Chelm. An amusing take on our tendency to romanticize what we don't have.

Albert Ohayon
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Credits
  • director
    Eugene Fedorenko
  • animation
    Eugene Fedorenko
  • director
    Rose Newlove
  • animation
    Rose Newlove
  • producer
    David Verrall
    Michael Scott
  • executive producer
    John Spotton
    John Taylor
    Dennis Murphy
    Gerry Flahive
    Barrie Angus McLean
    David Verrall
  • script
    John Lazarus
  • sound
    Greg Shim
  • sound editing
    Jean-Baptiste Roger
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • narrator
    Nicholas Rice
  • music
    Normand Roger

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  • ssomjee

    I enjoyed watching it. Great art work, characters, good flow and tempo. The story was interesting in the sense that it could have many meanings like - all you need is a new perspective on your situation. The innocence of village life was captured well and gave it the beauty of a simple life. Well done.

    ssomjee, 16 Mar 2016