Film Archive

Agnosis

Animadoc
Germany,
Ukraine
2015
39 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Oksana Kod'
Anita Müller, Clara Wieck
Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Florian Marquardt
As in “Chthonic City”, the painter Anita Müller gives wings to her filmed material in the catacombs of Odessa: statements re-connote documentary images, additions visualise dreams or thoughts. She takes associative liberties that suggest comparisons with jazz. The invisible protagonist who lost his way on a spiritual search of the underworld and disappeared without a trace may have felt as ephemeral and fluctuating as her visual creations.

Cornelia Klauß

Animated Minds: Stories of Post-Natal Depression – Katie's Story

Animadoc
UK
2015
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Andy Glynne
Lucy Izzard
Alexander Parsons
Lucy Izzard
Alexander Parsons
The multiple award winning series “Animated Minds”, launched in 2003, visualises the interior worlds of mentally disordered people. The new instalment shows women who suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of their children. Katie talks of her feelings of guilt and powerlessness in the face of this new situation in her life. The animation makes her feelings and thoughts visible.

Annegret Richter
International Competition Animadoc (2015-2017) 2015
Animated Minds: Stories of Post-Natal Depression – Mike's Story Dan Binns

It’s a little-known fact that postnatal depression affects not only women who find no access to their child and new life after birth. The disorder also radically changes their partners’ and families’ lives.

UK

UK
2015

Animated Minds: Stories of Post-Natal Depression – Mike's Story

Animadoc
UK
2015
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Andy Glynne
Dan Binns
Alexander Parsons
Dan Binns
Alexander Parsons
It’s a little-known fact that postnatal depression affects not only women who find no access to their child and new life after birth. The disorder also radically changes their partners’ and families’ lives. This episode of “Animated Minds” shows how Mike experiences the situation as a man and father.

Annegret Richter
German Competition Short Film 2015
Die Weite suchen Falk Schuster

Many a GDR childhood was shaped by trips to the Baltic Sea – long drives on bad motorways in an overstuffed car, transit trucks and looking forward to the sea. But this is more than a nostalgic reworking of holiday memories.

2015

Die Weite suchen

Animadoc
Germany
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ralf Kukula
Falk Schuster
Peter Piek
Ralf Kukula
Stefan Urlaß
Julian Quitsch, Alexander Schmidt, Tim Romanowsky, Nicole Bauer, Francie Liebschner, Jan Mildner, Olaf Ulbricht
Falk Schuster
Florian Marquardt, Klangfee
Many a GDR childhood was shaped by trips to the Baltic Sea – long drives on bad motorways in an overstuffed car, transit trucks and looking forward to the sea. But this is more than a nostalgic reworking of holiday memories. From the innocent perspective of a seven-year-old boy the journey may seem like a big adventure, but the subtext of the reduced rotoscoped images exposes the absurdity of a life lived within narrow boundaries – one of which was the beach.

Annegret Richter

Heritage

Animadoc
Norway
2015
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Carsten Aanonsen
Charlotte Thiis-Evensen
Eivind Buene
Christian Flatlie, Charlotte Thiis-Evensen
Vårin Andersen
Kajsa Næss
Christian regularly records videos he wants to give his little son as memorabilia and in which he talks about the future and a life he is not going to share. He thinks about what a father should explain – man to man. Intercutting these monologues with animated sequences and private recordings, the film revolves around the question: what is left of a person when they go?

Annegret Richter

Last Day of Freedom

Animadoc
USA
2015
32 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Dee Hibbert-Jones
Nomi Talisman
Fred Frith
Nomi Talisman
Hibbert-Jones, Talisman, Robert Arnold, Elizabeth Finlayson
Hibbert-Jones, Talisman, Teresa Richardson, Tony Coleman, Nicole Chu
Jeremiah Moore
When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision- should he call the police? Utterly unobtrusive, the narrative reveals not only the tragic story of a family but also a pseudo-democratic society where people fall through the cracks. With only a few lines and muted colours the rotoscoped images that linger in the memory open an unusual perspective on America.

Annegret Richter



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Documentary 2015

Supporting Film

Animadoc
Netherlands
2015
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Bart Jansen
Douwe Dijkstra
Rob Peters
Douwe Dijkstra
Douwe Dijkstra
Douwe Dijkstra
Douwe Dijkstra
Rob Peters
Watch out, directors: don’t take the audience for fools, even if they expect very different things from a visit to the cinema. The sound of a thrush in the tidelands can spoil the film for an ornithologist; the line “dramatic music” may do the same to a hearing-impaired viewer. In his animadoc film Douwe Dijkstra culls the essence from conversations with the audience and translates it into absurd and playful visual worlds that ironically re-create the cosmos of cinema. The perfect supporting film.

Lars Meyer

The Deal

Animadoc
UK
2015
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Ewa Smyk
Ewa Smyk
Ewa Smyk
Ewa Smyk
Ewa Smyk
Tommaso Russo
When you open an old book you get a whiff of more than its contents. There’s the smell of old times, the feel of the once familiar. This playful book page animation uses various techniques to make grandfather’s notes come alive. Practical tips on popular courting in the Polish-Byelorussian border region. We learn that the young people were too shy to talk for themselves, but that the rules were clear. How complicated the world is today.

Lars Meyer

The Magic Mountain

Animadoc
France,
Poland,
Romania
2015
87 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anca Damian, Guillaume de Seille, Joanna Ronnikier
Anca Damian
Alexander Balanescu
Ion Ioachim Stroe
Theodore Ushev, Sergiu Negulici, Raluca Popa, Dan Panaitescu and Tomek Ducki
Anca Damian, Anna Winkler
Frédéric Théry, Sebastian Wlodarczyk

“Sometimes I feel I wasn’t made for these times.” This laconic statement of the protagonist of Anca Damian’s second animated documentary defines his position early in the narrative: somehow off kilter. Adam Jacek Winkler, Polish photographer, anti-communist dissident, mountain climber and artist, is a restless spirit, always on the lookout for the noble cause worth fighting and dying for. A modern Don Quixote, whose obsession takes him to Afghanistan where he joins the Mujahidin’s fight against the Red Army. It’s a romantic and torn hero the director portrays here, combining material from Winkler’s personal archive (photos, sketches, videos) with the stylistic wealth of artistic animation, including collages, graphically distorted film and photo material, drawings, plasticine animations or simply painted paper folded into mountains. The various techniques address the various situations, managing to translate the protagonist’s emotional world into a highly original filmic reality, sometimes surreal, sometimes absurd and bitter. “The Magic Mountain” is the second part of a planned trilogy about modern heroes whose third and last instalment this cinematic experience gives us every reason to look forward to. Mattias Heeder





MDR Film Prize 2015


International Competition Animadoc (2015-2017) 2015
Wegzaubern Betina Kuntzsch

The clever montage of fragments from the medical files of female patients from the psychiatric hospital of the University of Heidelberg, paints a painful collective portrait of artists who were confined as being mentally “ill”.

2015

Wegzaubern

Animadoc
Germany
2015
6 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Betina Kuntzsch
Betina Kuntzsch
Joachim Gies
Betina Kuntzsch
Betina Kuntzsch
The clever montage of fragments from the medical files of female patients from the psychiatric hospital of the University of Heidelberg, paints a painful collective portrait of artists who were confined as being mentally “ill”. The intimate narration, the waterphone soundtrack and the use of historical Laterna Magica films create a nightmarish atmosphere for this found footage animadoc.

Victor Orozco



Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary 2015