And We Were Young is an animated oral history of American soldiers, ‘Doughboys’, in France in the last months of the Great War, narrated with the words of the men who survived and brought to life with paper figures and a Super 8 camera. Brutal and beautiful, Montana filmmaker Andy Smetanka's first feature film paints an unforgettable picture of the ‘war to end all wars’.
Andy Smetanka has been making silhouette animation on a Soviet-era Super 8 camera since 2004. Past collaborators include Guy Maddin, Isabella Rossellini, the Decemberists and Pearl Jam. And We Were Young is Smetanka's first feature. He lives in western Montana with his family.
Year of production: 2016
Running time: 75 minutes
Director: Andy Smetanka
Music: Jason Staczek
Adapted from "Doughboy War: The American Expeditionary Force in World War I" by James H. Hallas