Now Streaming: Get Animated with the Masterful ‘Physics of Sorrow’


Catch the best animated film to come out of the NFB in recent years with The Physics of Sorrow. Theodore Ushev’s stunning masterpiece leads a wave of titles released this week for free streaming from the NFB. The Physics of Sorrow is a personal essay film that meditates on memory and belonging with the tale of a melancholy narrator navigating his way towards a new life, told through an innovative design that brings to life portraits created through the ancient technique of encaustic wax painting—a first ever for an animated film. The film made the shortlist for Best Animated short in last year’s Oscar race and won the prizes at animation festivals from Annecy to Ottawa.

Like his Oscar-nominated Blind Vaysha, which also adapts the work of Georgi Gospodinov, The Physics of Sorrow is a contemplative film about looking to the past without being trapped in it, and how generations should look back only to move forward. “I see my films as propaganda posters on the wall,” said Ushev while speaking with POV about the film ahead of its TIFF premiere last year. “This is the propaganda of the human spirit.”

The Physics of Sorrow headlines this week’s Get Animated release from the NFB, which includes a handful of shorts from top filmmakers. Ann Marie Fleming’s Old Dog is new to the collection as are award winners like Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days and The Head Vanishes, among others.

Watch The Physics of Sorrow below and dive into the Get Animated collection here.

The Physics of Sorrow, Theodore Ushev, provided by the National Film Board of Canada