A downright gorgeous short film about doomed astronauts after a spaceship crash

This is Grounded, director Kevin Margo's trippy seven-minute film about the final moments of extrasolar astronauts. Margo — who works on visual effects for Blur Studio — tells io9 that this project took several months of planning and animating, including "one weekend with a forklift dangling an astronaut 50 feet high in the parking lot." His efforts definitely paid off, as the film's won numerous accolades on the festival circuit. Here's the synopsis:

One astronaut's journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

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*sigh* I think the problem with these films is that they are all art and visuals and neglect that interesting part called "story". They almost always get awarded prizes by film festivals because, well they look good, and none of the judges have any idea what is going so, so it must be art and important, right? Again *sigh* for a wasted 7 minutes and 53 seconds.