As promised when I posted Hedgehog in the Fog some time ago, here is another of my favourite animated short films. This one, La Maison en petits cubes (つみきのいえ, Tsumiki no Ie, “The House of Small Cubes”) is a 2008 Japanese animated short subject film created by Kunio Katō, with music by Kondo Kenji. It won the grand prize for short films (the Annecy Cristal) at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2008 and the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2009. It is a haunting, beautiful and evocative poem on narrative and memory; transience and love.
Wikipedia give a completely on-the-nose plot summary as follows:
As his town is flooded by water, an aged widower is forced to add additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favorite smoking pipe into the lower submerged levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life.