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Billy's Balloon

USA, 1998 (MIFF 1999, Animation)

Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Billy, the stick figure boy, holds in one hand a balloon and shakes a rattle with the other - a happy scene. Or so it seems until his balloon begins to have a sadistic mind of its own. The latest animation from this popular cult filmmaker is dark, twisted, relentlessly funny and is sure to give audiences guilty pleasure - leave your morals at home and enjoy!

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