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International Programme 2014
Amerykanka. All included Viktar Korzoun

Prison life in the dreaded KGB headquarters of Minsk, told by dissident poet Alyaksandr Fyaduta in front of an animated, cartoon-like prison backdrop. A bitter satire à la Erofeyev.

2013

Amerykanka. All included

Animadoc
Belarus
2013
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kasia Kamockaja
Viktar Korzoun
Natalia Shyrko, Eugene Yellow
Viktar Tumar
Viktar Korzoun, Anatoly Todorsky
Alexander Fyaduta, Viktar Korzoun
Taras Senchuk
The “Amerykanka” is the headquarters and notorious torture centre of the KGB in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, the last dictatorship in Europe. Immediately following a protest against the results of the presidential elections of 19 December, 2010, a number of opposition members were arrested, among them Alyaksandr Fyaduta. He was detained at the “Amerykanka” over a period of three months, 50 days of which he spent in solitary confinement. During that time he wrote “American Poems”, the book on which this courageous and formally unusual film by Viktar Korzun is based. It revolves around Alyaksandr Fyaduta: his arrest, interrogations, humiliations, life in prison, though he appears not in a traditional interview setting but as an active agent in front of and in animated prison scenery. The real live image of the “slightly overweight protagonist with glasses”, as Fyaduta self-deprecatingly describes himself, constantly changes into his animated alter ego and vice versa. The way this artistic device, born out of the lack of a real location, is realised reveals a strong taste for playfulness and creates a surprisingly ironic distance both to the events and the state of the country. And perhaps mockery is the only possible attitude left in the face of a government that arrests people, as recently happened, merely for clapping their hands silently and in public.
Matthias Heeder
Animadoc 2014
Broken Branches Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot

This is the story of Michal Rechter. She was only 14 when she left her home in Poland and travelled to Israel by herself on the eve of the Second World War.

2014

Broken Branches

Animadoc
Israel
2014
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Amit Gicelter
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Frank Ilfman
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot, Zoe Matzko, Alex Blau, Amit Gicelter
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Ronen Nagel
This is the story of Michal Rechter. She was only 14 when she left her home in Poland and travelled to Israel by herself on the eve of the Second World War. Her memories come to life in a colourful animation depicting her lonely transition from childhood to adulthood.
Animadoc 2014
Counting Days and Years Monne Lindström

When parents go to prison, children often don’t know how to cope with the situation. This film is a sensitive attempt to gain insight into the thoughts and emotions of three children who have to visit one parent in prison.

2014

Counting Days and Years

Animadoc
Sweden
2014
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kristina Meiton, Cristina Schadewitz
Monne Lindström
Alexander Palmestål
Kristina Meiton
Monne Lindström
Monne Lindström, Kristina Meiton, Cristina Schadewitz
Lars Wignell
When parents go to prison, children often don’t know how to cope with the situation. This film is a sensitive attempt to gain insight into the thoughts and emotions of three children who have to visit one parent in prison.
Animadoc 2014
Mend and Make Do Bexie Bush

Cup of tea? Come and take a seat in Lyn's cosy front room. Hear her story of love during wartime and watch as her belongings come alive with the hope, fear and humour of one spirited lady.

UK

UK
2014

Mend and Make Do

Animadoc
UK
2014
8 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Timo Suomi
Bexie Bush
Arran Price
Adrian Peckitt
Pawel Slawek
Bexie Bush
Stefan Kaday
Neo Peterson
Cup of tea? Come and take a seat in Lyn's cosy front room. Hear her story of love during wartime and watch as her belongings come alive with the hope, fear and humour of one spirited lady.
Animadoc 2014
Rocks in My Pockets Signe Baumane

Strong women, dominant men, restrictive systems and psychological disorders. The story of a depression, drawn and narrated with a wealth of metaphors. Full of defiant humour.

2014

Rocks in My Pockets

Animadoc
Latvia,
USA
2014
88 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Signe Baumane
Signe Baumane
Kristian Sensini
Wendy Cong Zhao
Signe Baumane, Sam Hayes, Jessica Polaniecki, Angela Stempel, Sturgis Warner, Eriq Wities
Signe Baumane
Weston Fonger
Signe Bauman is known for her open attitude towards taboos. Her films are explicit with a funny and ironic touch. So far she has told her stories only in the short format. “Rocks in My Pockets” is her first feature-length film and probably her most personal work, for the filmmaker takes a trip into her family’s past. She herself describes her latest work as “a funny film about depression”, but it’s probably more of a story about strong, independent women, domineering men, restrictive systems and mental illnesses that none of those involved take seriously. Her grandmother died mysteriously and the family remained silent about it. Signe assumes that she killed herself for she, too, suffers from depression and three of her cousins are mentally ill.
The filmmaker animates external influences and internal states of mind for her film, tries to make her own emotions and those of her fellow sufferers comprehensible to others and explains the connections between her personal and artistic emancipation and the process of coming to terms with the family secrets.
Annegret Richter

Still Born

Animadoc
Sweden
2014
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Mario Adamson
Åsa Sandzén
Katharina Nuttall
Albin Biblom
Åsa Sandzén
Åsa Sandzén, Kalle Sandzén
Åsa Sandzén
Mario Adamson, Agnieszka Lewalski
A pregnant soon-to-be mother is forced to choose whether her beloved child should try to live or not with a cardiac malformation. Feelings of anger, powerlessness and immense grief overwhelm her.



Golden Dove in the International Competition Animated Film 2014

T's World: The Over-identification of Terry Thompson

Animadoc
France,
UK,
USA
2014
29 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Ramon Bloomberg
Ramon Bloomberg
Ramon Bloomberg
Stark Haze
József Szimon, Balázs Őrley
On 18th October, 2011, the sheriff of Zanesville, Ohio, got an agitated phone call: the animals that eccentric Terry Thompson was legally keeping on his ranch were roaming the county. Red alert! That night, a heavily armed police force killed more than 56 bears, tigers, wolves, leopards and lions. Thompson had opened the cages, shot himself and offered his body as food to the animals. So far, so good, so American.
British media artist Ramon Bloomberg has turned this bizarre incident into a Brechtian story. Bloomberg combines Brecht’s play “The Yes Sayer” about traditional custom and formalised law with the American settler’s anarchical logic of freedom which fights every kind of state influence as an infringement on individual freedom: I am the lord of my animals, my land, my house, my family. End of story!
Bloomberg translates epic theatre into the language of film in the age of Play Station games. Real live shots are combined with images from the police car’s video camera, Google Earth data mining sequences and computer animated re-enactments. We hear minutes and statements of everyone involved as well as a comment taking the form of an (antique) chorus, the voice of the law, the neighbour and the animal. The only voice we don’t hear is Terry Thompson’s. His motives remain a big secret.

Matthias Heeder



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Film 2014

The Predicate and the Poppy

Animadoc
France
2013
24 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Valérianne Boué, Luc Camili
Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset
Thomas Dappelo
Mélanie Braux
Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset
Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset
Manuel Vidal
When knights parade up and down, unknown flying objects whirl through the air and the room suddenly turns into an impenetrable maze, we are in the classroom of an ordinary school on the outskirts of Paris. That’s roughly how five young teachers experience their first days on the job. And since words can hardly express what’s going on at a school, Jeanne Paturle and Cécile Rousset resort to a rich arsenal of animation techniques to translate this mixture of desperation, anarchy and chaos into images. Photo collages, cut out animation, plasticine and classic cartoon animation make historic personalities rise from the history books, reconstruct the Big Bang and make numbers begin to dance. The film literally explodes! But it aims at more and, above all, refuses to lament the dreadful state of education. Only when the teachers themselves become students, understanding the alphabet of the street and the key to every single student, can the nightmare of school perhaps turn into a space of freedom.
Cornelia Klauß

White Death

Documentary Film
Chile
2014
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Isabel Orellana Guarello
Roberto Collío
Roberto Collío
Matías Illanes
Roberto Collío
Jota Sandoval, Roberto González
Roberto Collío
Roberto Collío
The vivisection of a landscape: sombre black and white images unfurl panoramas of a scraggy mountain region. Narrow paths winding through the Andes, crosses decorating the wayside. The ruins of a barracks appear, once housing recruits who departed on a last exercise and were caught in a snow storm. Fragments of real live shots collide with extremely reduced animations. The film’s emulsion begins to pulse and dissolve. Sudden lightning destroys every trace of narrative. This is not the reconstruction of an event that happened in 2005, but the evocation of a nightmare of coldness and death that was irrevocably inscribed into the landscape.
Director Roberto Collío deftly and brilliantly experiments with different materials to evoke graphical analogies. He started out as a sound designer; so on the subtly wrought soundtrack the lonely death of a young soldier finds its long, sad echo in the diminishing sounds of a whistle.

Cornelia Klauß



Golden Dove Animated Documentary 2014