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The World Animation Avantgarde

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The artists presented in this section offer different outlooks on the world with their individual means and visions: The pending extinction caused by nuclear war. The question of whether we still see the real world behind the media images. The quest for familiar things in an exotic land. Alone and lost in the cosmos, far from our world. Cruel self-involvement as the dominant phenomenon of our time. The colourful world of computer games as a philosophical study. Dystopian visions of the future as a metaphor for problems facing our civilization. (tr)

In the presence of: Boris Labbé, Špela Čadež, Florian Kindlinger, Peter Kutin


MX 2016 No dialogue/lyrics 05 min World premiere Director Adrián Regnier Chávez

An appeasing song and rhythm for the end of the world. The earth’s orbit is lined with rocket upon rocket, bomb upon bomb—with their target in the crosshairs but seemingly distracted for a moment by the music. Adrián Regnier Chávez’s new vision of a world before and after the apocalypse is a mixture of satire, lost faith in humanity, and mantra-like warnings against ourselves. (wp)

Screenplay Adrián Regnier Chávez Production Adrián Regnier Chávez Editing Adrián Regnier Chávez Camera Adrián Regnier Chávez Sound Adrián Regnier Chávez Animation Adrián Regnier Chávez


The Fifth Wall

AT 2017 12 min 47 sec World premiere Director Florian Kindlinger Peter Kutin

At the center of this work is a massive bulletproof glass panel that is handled, shot at, and set on fire. Packing a visual punch, Florian Kindlinger and Peter Kutin’s film discusses the separation of the real world and its representation. In what ways do human realities on the other side of the screens and displays still affect us? Maybe the answer is to break through the “fifth” wall. A remarkable, highly political piece of work. (Wiktoria Pelzer)

Screenplay Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger Production Alina Sklenicka, Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger Editing Edward Chapon, Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger Camera Martin Putz Cast Gods Entertainment Sound Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger Animation Conny Zenk

The Fifth Wall


ES 2016 No dialogue/lyrics 07 min 52 sec Austrian premiere Director Boris Labbé

Black-and-white photographs where one is not quite sure whether they show mountainous landscapes or microscopic surfaces: digital image distortions and morphing create oceans and disintegrating surfaces in this fascinating visual experiment; the images are continuously distorted and straightened out. A haunting sound accompanies the foreignness of the seemingly self-transforming matter and takes us into an unknown world. (tr)

Production Boris Labbé Animation Boris Labbé


Die Herberge

The Hostel

DE 2017 No dialogue/lyrics 14 min 45 sec Austrian premiere Director Ulu Braun

A film like a panorama, a computer game, a comic book, where each corner bears something new for us to discover. Things are juxtaposed that are at once everything and nothing, with no temporal attachment, reminiscent of mystical or religious parables, symbolically charged and simultaneously banal. Past water dispensers set up at cult locations, past herds of sheep, on the way to a biker bar on our cross bike. We let ourselves drift through this wonderful collage. (wp)

Screenplay Ulu Braun Production Ulu Braun Editing Ulu Braun Camera Ulu Braun Cast Lisa Baumgarten, Alexander Tripitsis, Eckhart Liss, Rajab Haidari, Asef Hussaini, Michel Amin Dickler, Evelyn Kobusingye, Klaus Krüger Sound Max Knoth Animation Ulu Braun

Die Herberge


BE 2016 No dialogue/lyrics 03 min 37 sec Austrian premiere Director Nicolas Provost

A trip without a final destination—a drift, a hallucination. Scenes from outer space, a cinematic vortex that can only end in endless nothing, in a black hole. Like in his earlier works, Nicolas Provost resorts to scenes from well-known canonical works from cinema history—and makes use of Kubrickesque paranoia and a nightmarish vision of the future. (Wiktoria Pelzer)

Screenplay Nicolas Provost Production Nicolas Provost Editing Nicolas Provost Sound Nicolas Provost Animation Nicolas Provost


Nocna ptica


HR SI 2016 08 min 50 sec Austrian premiere Director Špela Čadež

Nighthawk is a high-speed frenzy, an unhinged trip under the influence of alcohol and hubris. A man—or an animal—races his car through a landscape that blurs into painting where real perception is indistinguishable from delusion. What is still real? Everything seems to drift apart, into a swirling world. And the trip comes to a sudden end. (wp)

Screenplay Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež Production Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež, Vanja Andrijević Editing Iva Kraljević Cast Andrej Nahtigal, Karin Komljanec, Gregor Zorc Sound Johanna Wienert Animation Zarja Menart, Špela Čadež, Matej Lavrencic

Nocna ptica Special Mention - DOK Leipzig – International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Audience Award - Animateka, Special Mention - Animateka


IE US 2017 11 min Austrian premiere Director David OReilly

It’s like David OReilly’s cool image worlds were made for computer games, even if his second game, Everything, also doesn’t follow any conventions and instead asks gamers to be patient. The intentional imperfections in the movements and characters alternating between micro- and macrocosm are charming and funny, thus making the “machinima”—excerpted from the game—a great movie and at the same time a beautiful reverence to the Eames classic, Powers of Ten. (wp)

Screenplay Alan Watts Production David OReilly Editing Damien Di Fede Sound Eduardo Ortiz Frau


Time Rodent

FR CZ 2016 No dialogue/lyrics 14 min 30 sec Austrian premiere Director Ondrej Svadlena

Starting in the present, with a spectacularly produced time-lapse sequence, we are accompanied by a “Time Rodent,” a mixture between rodent and robot, and hurtled through a temporal vortex into a bleak future that tells the visually stunning story of total uniformity in a world where the sun has expired and artificial light serves as nourishment. The ending is conciliatory, when Time Rodent—amidst the dystopia—is reunited with his wife and child. (tr)

Production Nicolas Schmerkin

Time Rodent