A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk.
Directed by: Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, Germany, 1989. Academy Award for Best Animated Short (1990).
The setting is on a floating platform where a group of evenly and carefully placed men live. Each man is aware that the platform is not stable and in order not to fall to their deaths, they maintain a careful balance of weight to prevent the platform from tipping too far and cause them all to fall. This reasonably harmonious understanding is lost when one man pulls up a heavy trunk. In the ensuing struggle, balance is lost in more than one sense.
Written by Kenneth Chisholm
This description is from the short film’s original source, which can be found here: Balance