“Beyond Noh” rhythmically animates 3,475 individual masks from all over the world, beginning with the distinctive masks of the Japanese Noh theater and continuing on a cultural journey through ritual, performance, utility, and politics.

BEYOND NOH is a rapid and punctuated travel through the world via traditional (and not so traditional) masks. More than 3000 shots of different masks, starting from Japanese ones used in ancient theatre (from which comes the name “Beyond Noh”, meaning that the trip starts from Noh theatre and goes far beyond it) and arrives at the surgical masks we are forced to use in this modern and difficult days. BEYOND NOH is more than an animation of photographs, it is a sort of experimental documentary, with an incredible rhythm. Great idea behind this work and amazing editing that made this short a small jem. The incredible technique is noticeable in photography, editing and the use of a tight music, which immerses the viewer in a hypnotic trip not only around the world, but also through time, meeting humankind in every corner of the planet and in every age of our world.

BEYOND NOH has participated as finalist in numerous film festivals, which doesn’t come as a surprise. The film was nominated at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Encounters International Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many more, and won as Best Animation at Woodstock Film Festival and Best Experimental at Amarcort Film Festival.

Director: Patrick Smith
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Running time: 4