Wings and Oars (Spārni un airi) is a visually outstanding, poetic animated short, written, animated and directed by Vladimir Leschiov. The music and sound design are by Pierre Yves Drapeau and Normand Roger, while the production is by LUNOHOD.
A former pilot looks back over his life – The Earth, the Sky, the Woman – everything that took place on the journey from an air strip to an abandoned boat house.
Vladimir Leschiov was born in 1970, in Daugavpils, Latvia. A graduate from the J.Rozenthal Art school in Riga, he studied animation at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, in Eksj, Sweden. His early work has been shown in several group and solo art exhibitions in both Latvia and Russia. For the last 23 years he has been working as an art director, director, designer and artist for tv, animations and commercials pruduction in Latvia and abroad. In 2007 he founded the animation studio LUNOHOD. He has been awarded with the silver medal and diploma on the 1985 International Festival of Arts for Youth and Children in Finland, the 1997 Latvian National Commitee Award for The Best Art and Design on TV, the 1998 Latvian Music Records Association Award (Microphone Prize) for The Best Music Video, as well as several other awards and nominations at film festivals around the world. Wings and Oars won the 2010 Hiroshima International Animation Festival Special Jury Prize. His latest short film “Waiting for the New Year” is seen by many as a likely candidate for the upcoming animated short Oscar.
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