Film Archive

Animal Year

Animated Film
China
2017
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Zhong Su
Zhong Su
Zhong Su
Zhong Su
Animal-human hybrids drag wheelbarrows filled with collected finds through post-apocalyptic urban ruins, while giggling children in lightning-fast airships dart through the steel-blue, flower-encrusted sky, dropping rockets … This young Chinese director draws an idiosyncratic, haunting and disturbing portrait of a dystopian future of humanity.

Duscha Kistler
Strictly Animated 2018
Hu Lulu Hong Longlong Hua Lala Lei Lei

The little boy Hong Longlong saves a city from flooding by jumping through a toilet bowl into space and putting on the rain cloud like a hat.

Hu Lulu Hong Longlong Hua Lala

Animated Film
China
2010
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Xingyu Li
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Xingyu Li
The Chinese film artist Lei Lei’s graphic and colourful language is unmistakeable and he is a master of light, almost “naive” animation. Using these tools, he tackles even natural disasters with ease: the little boy Hong Longlong saves a city from flooding by jumping through a toilet bowl into space and putting on the rain cloud like a hat.

Duscha Kistler
Strictly Animated 2018
Monkey Jie Shen

A scene is dissected into its component parts, a plot dissolved into snapshots. A trap, a blow from behind. The crash, the fall …

Monkey

Animated Film
China
2015
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jie Shen
Jie Shen
Keju Luo
Jie Shen
Jie Shen
Jie Shen
Keju Luo
A scene is dissected into its component parts, a plot dissolved into snapshots. A trap, a blow from behind. The crash, the fall … This succinct fragmentary film experiment achieves a high degree of emotional intensity, shocking in its archaic brutality and fascinating in its extraordinary aesthetics.

Duscha Kistler

Ulysses

Animated Film
China
2017
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Cao Shu
Cao Shu
Chenfei Wang
Xu Sijie
Cao Shu,Yuan Yi
Yuan Yi, Yuan Qiao
Cao Shu
Chenfei Wang
Looking through a subjective camera, the protagonist tramps through a snowy landscape, quoting his own diary entries and passing the now deserted place of his childhood described there, accompanied by a silent mandrill. Clear signs, including a huge ceiling fan, are collected in a single virtual space. The compression triggers doubts. Cao Shu steers a one-shot odyssey through a digitally constructed memory course.

André Eckardt
International Programme 2018
Weekend Lei Lei

Private audiotapes and old catalogue photos form the backdrop for minimalist animation studies. This cryptic collage sparks off a half-awake dream.

Weekend

Animated Film
China
2018
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Lei Lei
Accidental, private sound recordings: a whispering child’s voice, a ticking clock, household sounds in the background. Old catalogue photos alternate with wild bonsais and sober furniture arrangements to their beat. Backdrops for ghostly animation studies. The gentle fog of the tapes’ and paper fibres’ own white noise settles over the cryptic collage. At their gaps and seams, the concrete images and sounds spark off a semi-waking dream, a vague creative memory.

André Eckardt