This is Kamler’s final work, and appears to combine stop-motion animation with computer animation. This film seems to be about the inner workings of a mind. From a bowl of undifferentiated cubes (the mind) a figure (“I”) emerges, manipulates the cubes (concepts, memories, etc) in an act of creation, and ultimately is subsumed back into the whole. Like Le Pas, Une Mission Ephemere ends as it began, implying that we have witnessed one repetition of an infinite process.
Along with Walerian Borowczyk and Peter Földes, Polish auteur Piotr Kamler represented the new wave of animators from the 60’s and 70’s that followed in the footsteps of Alexeieff, Bartosch and Starewicz. Born in Warsaw on June 30, 1936, Kamler studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1959, he moved to Paris to continue his studies, and in 1960 began working in film, debuting with “conte” (story). This was the first of the approximately fifteen films that he produced, often with funding from the Service of Recherche of the ORTF.