Saguenay international
short film festival


Directed by Japanese filmmaker Ryo Orikasa, the animated short Miserable Miracle was inspired by Henri Michaux’s book of poetry and drawings of the same name. Masterful in both vision and execution, the film explores the limits of language and perception, creating dazzling connections between sound, meaning, shapes and movement. Propelling viewers beyond the page, guided by Tony Robinow’s feverish voiceover, the poems map the human psyche to the very edges of alienation and transcendence.

Production :
Miyu Productions, New Deer and Office national du film du Canada
Distribution :
Office national du film du Canada
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Animation :
Yuka Abe, Tatsuhiro Ariyoshi, Anne Huynh, Keigo Ito and Ryo Orikasa
Music :
Sacha Ratcliffe
Sound designer :
Pierre Yves Drapeau and Sacha Ratcliffe
Screenplay :
Ryo Orikasa
Cast :
Denis Lavant

In competition for :

Jury Award

Best animation

AQCC award

Audience award Official competition

  • Ryo Orikasa

    Born in Ibaraki, Japan, in 1986, Ryo Orikasa first came to prominence in 2015 with his animated short Datum Point, whose long list of awards includes the Golden Zagreb Award (Animafest Zagreb 2016) and Best Experimental or Abstract Animation (Ottawa International Animation Festival 2016).