Writing and directing short films are all the rage right now. Thanks to the rise in digital platforms like Netflix and Quibi, consumers are appreciating content in small doses. New to that list is the new experimental music video from Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Thom Yorke, Dajana Roncione, and a crew of dancers.
Here's the teaser from Netflix...
Right off the bat, we dig into the world of a "One-reeler." The film was choreographed by Damien Jalet, who was the choreographer on Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, which had a musical score by Yorke.
Anima is the name of Yorke's new solo album, since taking a break from Radiohead to work on solo ventures. The short is fifteen minutes long. It's experimental in genre, and follows three Anima songs: “Not the News,” “Traffic,” and “Dawn Chorus.”
PTA shot the movie in Prague and Les Baux-de-Provence. We follow Yorke who falls asleep while riding in a train. Upon waking, he's unable to exit and journeys into the surreal, where he's forced to dance his way out of the situation. Some have called it a "Buster Keaton Ballet" which seems fitting.