'ANIMA': Release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know about Paul Thomas Anderson's 'one-reeler' collab with Thom Yorke

'ANIMA': Release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know about Paul Thomas Anderson's 'one-reeler' collab with Thom Yorke

'Anima', the new "One-reeler" from Paul Thomas Anderson ('Punch-Drunk Love') is slated to hit Netflix this June. The short film is in collaboration with Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the singer and main songwriter of the alternative rock band. According to RadioTimes, the pair previously worked together on a series of videos for the band’s ninth studio album, 'A Moon Shaped Pool.'

Here's what we know so far about 'Anima' ahead of its release.

Release date

'Anima' will debut on Netflix on June 27.


'Anima' treads the line between sleeping and waking as Yorke travels from a subway line, to a grey, tilting dreamscape, to deserted streets and a departing tram as the sun begins to rise. Yorke first appears on a grim early-morning subway train, in overalls, a uniform he shares with all the other passengers. Looking exhausted, they are all nodding off as they are carried to some grisly destination.


The train and station appear to be part of the London underground, but the graphics make it look like a futuristic train. Later the passengers show up in a dreamlike Paris and Prague. It is at this time, Yorke notices a woman seated opposite, played by Italian actor Dajana Roncione; their eyes meet and there seems to be something brewing. They all get off but this woman leaves her bag behind. Yorke grabs it and rushes to catch up with her, encountering all sorts of obstacles.

Described as a "short musical film," Yorke scores and stars in the “mind-bending visual piece, best played loud," reports Deadline. At the moment it is still unclear if this a comedy or a cartoon.


Thomas Yorke stars in the film and barring the sneak peek we get of him in the trailer, there's nothing much we know about the short, something which has become a matter of interest for fans. 



Paul Thomas Anderson and Yorke come together to create what they describe a "One-reeler" defined as "a motion picture, especially a cartoon or comedy, of 10-12 minutes duration and contained on one reel of the film; popular especially in the era of silent films." Anderson has made a slew of impressive films including 'Magnolia', 'Boogie Nights' and 'Inherent Vice'. It remains to be seen what he's conjured up with Yorke with 'Anima'.


The film will feature three tracks from Yorke’s upcoming album of the same name. He has written and produced the album with Nigel Godrich. As reported by Pitchfork, Yorke will release ANIMA in multiple formats; digitally, on CD, and as two different vinyl editions. The standard double vinyl edition comes on two 140 gram black disks and includes a 10th track ("Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You for Coming"). 





The trailer opens with the definition of a 'One-reeler' accompanied by some intriguing funky beats and gives a glimpse of Yorke doing a Kilroy. Guess we'll know what it's all about come June 27..

Watch this space for more updates on 'Anima'.

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