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Twist of Fate
Twist of Fate
Sensorium
Sensorium
Andaluz
Andaluz
Ground Zero/Sacred Ground
Ground Zero/
Sacred Ground
Perpetual Motion
Perpetual Motion
Kakania
Kakania
Nine Lives
Nine Lives
Yours for the Taking
Yours for the Taking
Vis-á-Vis
Vis-á-Vis
Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies
Pentralia
Penetralia

Twist of Fate

(2009 • Running Time: 8:40)
Soundtrack: Ken Field
Music: Birdsongs of the Mesozoic with Encanti

Twist of Fate still

This 35mm experimental animated film explores the transformative experience of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. This expressionistic piece captures impressions of such an experience: upheaval, uncertainty, a sense of physical intrusion, and loss of control. Exploring this emotional and physical landscape, the film visualizes an internal world inside the body, imagined on a cellular level.

“Modern illness is a combination of the scientific, the mysterious, and the ineffable—a startling subject for Aqua, one of the animation world's most playful, rhythmic talents.”

— Telluride Film Festival


“A masterpiece. I was deeply touched.”

— Branka Bogdanov, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston



Festivals:
Telluride Film Festival, 2009
Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2009
Starz Denver Film Festival, 2009
Anima ’09 International Animation Festival, Argentina
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2010
Big Muddy Film Festival, 2010
Atlanta Film Festival, 2010
Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 2010: Director’s Choice Award
Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France, 2010

Screenings:
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, 2009
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, 2009
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, 2009
Medical Film Symposium, Philadelphia, 2010

Film Collection:
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
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