A LOVE LETTER TO THE ONE I MADE UP

Directed by
Rachel Gutgarts

A silk screen-printed underwater fantasy world portrayed in a love letter to an imaginary man

'A Love Letter to the One I Made Up' is Rachel Gutgarts's final piece for her degree in Animation from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Old soviet posters, Joan Miró, haiku poetry and Leni Riefenstahl's 'Olympia' are a few of many things that influenced its creation, but the undercurrent of fluidity that drives the film comes from Gutgarts' fascination with the movement of water. The animator portrays a 'lonely walk home' in the form of a love letter addressed to an imaginary perfect man, where reality is intertwined with an underwater fantasy world. 

The film is also an ode to loneliness:

For me, dealing with the subject of loneliness in day to day life was a difficult challenge. I had to peel off layers of shame, cynicism and pride to talk honestly about those moments of complete loneliness. When I opened the subject, I found people who relate to this, I want to reach them, make them feel less alone with their loneliness. Another important point was the waiting for a knight in shining armor to come and "save" the heroine, and the disillusionment from this idea. This is the main idea I was trying to pass through my film, you are your own knight in shining armor.

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