WHAT’S GOING ON: “Albatross soup” is originally a riddle. “A man gets off a boat. He walks into a restaurant and orders albatross soup. As the dish arrives, the man takes one sip, pulls out a gun, and shoots himself to death. Why?” As a few dozen people are recorded trying to solve the riddle, the animation recreates the man’s story, in a fascinating swirl of the chilling and the bizarre.
WHO MADE IT: Winnie Cheung is originally from Hong Kong, but she was raised in the US and continues to live here. Her collaborations with artists working in various media have brought her works to many places, including Sundance and Vimeo’s Short of the week selection. For “Albatross soup” she collaborated with American Feminist artist/illustrator Fiona Smyth and Japanese-American animation director Masayoshi Nakamura.
WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH: First of all, if you’ve never heard the riddle, it’s wildly entertaining, and once solved, it becomes a fascinating piece of very dark humor. My love for the riddle was slightly dampened lately because I could never get the idea of people not eating gull out of my head: there was a big thing about it in the G.R.R.Martin fandom. But the fantastic visuals from Cheung and the team have made it all good. A disturbing, extremely fun, and curious ride, “Albatross Soup,” is a revelation to watch on your own or during a party—there will be tons to think about and discuss.