Staff Pick Premiere: 'Raymonde or the Vertical Escape'. This week Staff Pick Premiere transports us to an idyllic cottage in the French countryside where we meet Raymonde, a lonely owl longing for human companionship. In her award winning stop-motion film, 'Raymonde or the Vertical Escape,' Sarah Van Den boom cleverly uses comedy as a means to explore themes of social acceptance, isolation, and sensuality.
Inspired by the women in Van Den boom family, Raymonde is an anthropomorphic owl with an expressionless face and a deep desire to be understood. Her closest companions are two small imaginary women that embody her fantasies and a friendly dog postman that becomes the object of her obsession. After a celebrated festival run and nomination for 'Best Animated Short film' at the 2019….