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Village of Idiots ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB528801
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Michael Scott, David Verrall, John Spotton, John Taylor, Dennis Murphy, Gerry Flahive, Barrie Angus McLean
Directors:  Eugene Fedorenko, Rose Newlove
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Literature
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  12m 39s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Weary of daily life in his native village of Chelm, Shmendrik sets out on a quest for knowledge that brings him to a new Chelm, a place remarkably like the old Chelm, down to the chicken's reminiscent clucks. Based on a Jewish folk tale, adapted by John Lazarus, Village of Idiots is the story of Shmendrik's new life and its uncanny closeness to his old life; offering an extremely funny take on our tendency to romanticize what we don't have.

The animators filmed paper cut-outs on layers of glass to achieve the rich, textured visuals.

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