Special screenings 01

Friday, September 6th, Grand Hall, 7:45 p.m.


A Visiting Studio
BONOBOSTUDIO
(Croatia)


BONOBOSTUDIO is a Zagreb-based company founded in 2008, specialized in production, distribution and promotion of animated and experimental films. We encourage creativity, explore new forms of expression and produce and promote films with high artistic and production standards. Films in our production and distribution have been screened and awarded at numerous festivals wordwide.Bonobostudio also provides animation, post-production and VFX services and works on production of music videos, video materials for theater and art installations.


BONOBOSTUDIO programme at Animanima 2013 presents Vanja Andrijevic (1968), producer and general manager of the studio. Previously Vanja worked as the coordinator at Split Film Festival, as the coordinator and producer at the production studio Fade In, the executive producer at the Croatian Film Association and the executive producer at the animation production company Kenges. She was a member of the festival selection committees at 25FPS (2009-2010), Annecy (2009), Animafest Zagreb (2012) and a jury member at several film festivals and pitching forums. She also organized and coordinated other film-related events, such as promotional activities, screenings and workshops.


www.bonobostudio.hr



EVO TV: THE BIG FORREST

Author: Kristijan Petrović
47" / 2013 / Croatia
TV commercial, puppet animation
Production: Bonobostudio, Luminus Creative

2 ½ BODIES – TRAILER

Author: Tatu Pohjavirta
1'45" / 2012 / Finland
Trailer for the feature film, puppet animation
Production: Indie Films
Post-production: Bonobostudio

FREE FALL - Independent Saint / Psychonaut

Author: Simon Bogojević Narath
4' / 2008 / Croatia
Music video, stop motion
Production & Distribution: Bonobostudio

DOVE SEI, AMOR MIO

Author: Veljko Popović
10'30" / 2011 / Croatia
Animated film, 3D
Production: Bonobostudio, Zagreb film
Ditribution: Bonobostudio


Is the comfort of routine and the happiness it provides enough to keep us its slaves forever? Following the daily routine of an old lady, we soon discover there is something strange about her.

I WAS CRYING OUT AT LIFE. OR FOR IT

Original title: Je criais contre la vie.Ou pour elle 
Author: Vergine Keaton
9'10'' / 2009 / France
Animated film, cut-out, 2D, 3D
Production: 25 Films
Ditribution: Bonobostudio

In the forest, the herd of deer turns against the hound dogs that have been chasing them so far. This collage drama was made after an idea from a 19th century engraving.

NIGHTINGALES IN DECEMBER

Original title: Rossignols en décembre
Author: Theodore Ushev
3' / 2011 / Canada
Animated film, painting on paper, 2D
Production: Festival du nouveau cinéma Montréal
Ditribution: Bonobostudio

What if the Nightingales were working, instead of singing and going south? Is the innocence the only saviour of birds’ songs?

THE MARKET

Original title: Plac
Author: Ana Hušman
9' / 2006 / Croatia
Experimental documentary film, stop motion
Production: Pangolin
Ditribution: Bonobostudio

A film about buying groceries and preparing food for winter, but also a film about people’s behavior during ordinary, everyday shopping on market places.

FATHER

Author: Ivan Bogdanov, Moritz Mayerhofer, Asparuh Petrov, Veljko Popović, Rositsa Raleva, Dmitry Yagodin
16'00" / 2012 / Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany
Animated documentary film, 2D, 3D
Production: Compote Collective, Bonobostudio, Eyecatch Productions
Ditribution: Bonobostudio

In Father the reality of life is turned upside down to create an impossible dialogue - the dialogue between a child and a father that never happens.

PLASTICAT

Author: Simon Bogojević Narath
9'50'' / 2003 / Croatia
Animated film, 3D
Production: Kenges
Ditribution: Bonobostudio

A pocket full of money. A beggar in a busy street. See how a casual walk down the street can turn a life upside down. Or downside up.

IN THE BEGINNING OF TIME…

Author: Božidar Trkulja
10' / 2012 / Croatia
Animated film, puppet animation
Production: Bonobostudio
Ditribution: Bonobostudio

A large threat is menacing the village. The mythical demon Garmah - half squid, half bird - has awoken and brings utmost darkness.

Saturday, September 7th, Grand Hall, 7:45 p.m.


Portrait of an Animator:
Georges Schwizgebel


In his book “Cartoons: One hundred years of cinema animation” (1994), Giannalberto Bendazzi describes achievements of the circle of distinguished Swiss artists to which Daniel Suter, Claude Lyet, Gérald Poussin and Georges Schwizgebel had belonged, conluding the following: “With his vivid sense for rhythms and atmospheres, and his knack for exploring unusual formal solutions, Schwizgebel can be considered the leader of the middle generation of Swiss animators.”

“As a result of having studied in Geneva’s Art School and College of Decorative Arts, G.S. is known in Switzerland both as a painter and as an animation film director. His two talents actually come together in his works when his paintings take on movement. His work with acrylic ink, pencil, gouache and pastel stands out of his precise suggestion of light and his economical and decisive use of lines.” The authors of Taschen’s illustrated encyclopedia of contemporary masters of animation (2004) confirm Schwizgebel’s life devotion to exploration of the most significant element of the animation: “One of Schwizgebel’s favorite themes is movement itself, which he brillliantly combines with the film’s sound track.”


Programme supported by PRO HELVETIA

PLAY

Jeu, 3'50, 2006
A visual and musical game which builds and destroys itself on the speed rhythm of Serge Prokofiev’s Scherzo to Piano Concerto No.2, Op.16.

78 R.P.M.

78 tours, 4', 1985

A subjective camara view and a fixed frames alternates on a waltz played by an accordeon triggering a short story that evokes the passing of time.

THE SUBJECT OF THE PICTURE

Le sujet du tableau, 6', 1989

With the complicity of a painter, an elderly man recorvers youth and manages to wander through paintings.

THE RIDE TO THE ABYSS

La course a l'abime, 4'30, 1992

Using a six second cycle an animated painting illustrates an extract of an opera.

THE YEAR OF THE DEER

L'annee du daim, 5' 1995

The story of a young deer deceived by appearances, based on a Tale from Liu Zongyuan (773-819).

ZIGZAG

0'36, 1996

A brief homage to Rodolphe Töppfer in a zigzag travelling.

FUGUE

Fugue, 7', 1998
A man races down a flight of stairs. He takes refuge in a hotel room and begins to dream.

THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE CLOUDS

La jeune fille et les nuages, 4'30, 2000
The adventures of Cinderella told in several scenes and cloud images.

THE MAN WITHOUT A SHADOW

L'homme sans ombre, 9'30, 2004
A man trades his shadow for wealth but, disappointed by the result, he has to resign himself with some seven league boots to help him find his way.

RETOUCHES

Retouches, 5'20, 2008
Between a wave’s rhythm and an asleep young woman’s breath, some animated paintings go on modifying each other.

ROMANCE

Romance, 7', 2011
A casual meeting on a plane and watching a movie turns into a virtual romance.

ALONG THE WAY

Chemin faisant, 3'30, 2012
As soon as I stop, I can think no longer, my brain can only move with my feet.

Sunday, September 8th, Grand Hall, 7:30 p.m.


CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN ANIMATION


In addition to the lecture on sound design in animated film, the member of this year's Animanima Jury, Andrea Martignoni, has presented us with an exclusive opportunity to meet the works of the new generation of Italian authors. The Italian animation made its appearance on the global stage owing to Bozzetto, Manfredi, Manuli, Cavandoli and other masters of the older-generation artists. There are now other names representing Italy on this scene, artists like Sansone, Imhoff, Bernardi, Cattani... pursuing, however, the same goal as their predecessors did: to make the live interest of animation lovers even livelier, and to generate new audiences for their works. The films from this selection significantly differ among themselves regarding the techniques used, their individual aesthetics and styles, but all of them convey the same freshness, thoughtfulness, creative approaches of the authors, whose artistic interest in diverse areas ranging from photography to illustration and performing arts such as drama and dance, has made an impact on their visual language.


HEADLESS

Michele Bernardi
Senza testa (2008, 4:51)

The film is about an eccentric head collector. “I started as a child, just like you usually do with insects, butterflies or stamps. I used to collect neglected heads in public parks; at the church as a choir-boy when the faithful had resumed their duties; I found them in the loneliness of deserted warehouses reeking of wool and solvent; in bars and in yards, facing rows of semidetached houses. Then I arranged them by state of mind, indifference, fear, concern, rather than by colour, origin, gender or age. Countless heads of loneliness. Forty years collecting heads of lonely or spoiled children, absent minded clerks, forgetful husbands and weary wives, priests and heretics. Each and everyone wore the same miserable grin. And none of them claimed its head back.”

JOURNEY

Igor Imhoff
Percorso #0008-0209 (2009, 5:35)

Percorso#0008-0209 is part of igor Imhoff productions, along with Percorso0007-0308, Percorso#0005-0406 e Path_0a-1406. Progression in numbers is implied here, however stylistic coherence clearly comes to the surface and enhances in the passing of time. Time actually seem to be missing from the expanding animated visions and the spell of this enchanted kaleidoscopic effect. Disorientation increases with the mesmerizing use of music, a restless musical-box. Elaborated techniques uncover a ‘primitive’ base, drawing, a reference to the artistic education of the author: “It is hard to explain a technique in few words…basically you work with three-dimensional models. Drawings are scanned and animated with various animation software, designed to turn pictures into sophisticated polygonal patterns. I would call it 3D animation.”

GAME OF SILENCE

Virginia Mori
Il gioco del silenzio (2009, 5:16)

Virginia Mori’s Il gioco del silenzio is the last in a sequence of animations all covering the same topic: womanhood. The film’s rhythm is discouragingly slow and intentionally disappointing. As usual, the faces, the stretched out eyes, and the long wavy dark hair, lusciously thick, easily evoke Edvard Munch’s feminine characters. The animation technique is based on pencil paper-drawing. Il gioco del silenzio begins with a startling question: which hand conceals the hidden object?

TRANSIT CITY #2 ROMA ASTRATTA

Saul Saguatti-Audrey Coïaniz
(2008, 7:42)

The project Transit City consists in workshops, video installations, ‘fantastic documentaries’, and animations made by Saul Saguatti and Audrey Coïaniz. They describe it as ‘fotorama’, a photography-based technique. Urban reality is explored from a peculiar point of view, ‘moving through blurry landscapes’. They reinvent the city, performing some kind of fantasy live show. The soundtrack mixes ambient noise with human voices and folk music. Rome remains indistinct despite the reality of sounds and visuals.

VIDEO GAME

Donato Sansone
Videogioco (2009, 1:00)

The concept is a simple animation trick, flip-flop,. Donato Sansone thus invented a flip-book-film, a ‘domino effect,’ with images moving as hundreds of pages turn rapidly. The presence of the auteur’s hands seem to expose (uncover) the magic of animation.  Videogioco: a loop experiment, selected at several international festivals was awarded at Hiroshima International Film Festival 2010.

LITTLE RUSSIA

Gianluigi Toccafondo
La Piccola Russia (2004, 16:00)

“A dark tale on childhood and youth, love and passions of a juvenile criminal, moving along a daddy rabbit, a lunar mum, a ballerina doggie, a snail woman,  and eventually falling into some police nuns’ hands.” The area  located within Romagna and Marche traditionally regarded Russia as existing utopia, where the dreams of liberty and equality had been fulfilled, and was therefore called ‘La piccola Russia’ (little Russia). 

J

Virgilio Villoresi
(2009, 4:10)

Among Virgilio Villoresi films, J is the one that recalls his favourite director, Maya Deren,the most. A neat black and white, the game of duality, a constant hunt for a distinct identity, are the topics in Meshes of the Afternoon. The chessboard moves and the relationships with objects create an ironic game, closer to Carroll’s Alice than Meshes’ main character.

THE JOURNEY OF THE BIRDBOY

Chiara Ambrosio
The Journey Of The Birdboy (2007, 4:23)

The animation work of Chiara Ambrosio is an exploration into ideas of memory, loss and illusion through the use of animation, photography and video installation, deeply rooted in the surreal, absurdist world of Czech and Eastern European animation and literature. Chiara works with both live action and animation (using puppets and found objects), together with light and sound, to create short visual poems or prayers, often relying on music and sound to engage with the emotional, irrational and subliminal side of the mind. 

PHOBIAS OF THE RAIL-GUARD

Marco Capellacci
Le fobie del guard-rail (2012, 5:00)

The story deals with the mimesis without filters of one child's mental escapes. The characters, cryptic and absorbed, lean out over the guardrail, metaphoric representation of the interior universe of the child.The images reveal his secret, his hidden kingdom of darkness made of screams and sound.

LA FUNAMBOLA

Roberto Catani
(2002, 6:00)

La funambola is a major work in Roberto Catani’s production. The main character continuously shift, dangling in space, sucked into the sequence of the images. There’s  an illustrative background in the chromatic calibration and in  the composite selection, but the animation rhythm  prevails, never leaving time to linger on every single frame. 
Letters soaked with  words, a silent narration of a young woman’s life. Love, wedding and motherhood, a dream and a refuge . A stream of memories  passing through the woman’s mind, a need for lightness while she stands in front of the sea with her eyes closed.

THERE ARE SPIRITS

Alvise Renzini
Ci sono gli spiriti (2009, 6:20)

There are spirits is a free visual interpretation of a Carl Gustav Jung’s dream. The dream starts off with a quite common archetype: one's own home, the most familiar place for each of us, as an unexplored entity. Jung finds himself entering a series of "secret" rooms: the first room is an zoological laboratory  where his father carries out several experiments. The second is a bedroom where his mother attempts to capture spirits. The third is a big hotel's Hall, prelude of thousands of other rooms, where an orchestra is playing. The technique with which the piece is realized consists in drawings on acetate carried out with either watercolours or tempera colours, or drawings made with cotton filaments, dust, hair, stamped in stop-motion in a darkroom on photographic paper in black and white. Some parts are instead realized with drawings in tempera colours on cardboard paper and candle soot. The obtained photographs were subsequently scanned and sequenced. 

FROSTED CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Donato Sansone
Topo glassato al cioccolato (2011, 2:40)

Topo glassato al cioccolato it's a dreamlike, dark and surreal vision in wich the elements swirl around, running after themselves in an endless scene. Topo glassato al cioccolato is a project for a film, it was developed spontaneously during the act, when I was working at it. I had a guess, but it gets evolved by instinct. Then I had the general vision about how it had to finish. This way of work allows my mind and my feelings to come out without restraint, playing with different ideas and letting the unconscious out. Usually, when I expand a project I do it around a single idea born in a specific moment, but ideas aren’t firm, the thought evolves and it drags me to new perspectives, without conceiving them before. The research on sounds by Enrico Ascoli created a powerful and lysergic audio-morphing from a material to another, and designed a deep, still and dark atmosphere. 

SILENZIOSA-MENTE

Alessia Travaglini
(2011, 5:00)

Silenziosa-Mente was built on the rotoscope technique. The female main character deals with complex relationships and external communications , symbolically represented by a row of hanging telephones, a free interpretation of the less technologic visions of Dalì’s soft watches. Animation highlights the central events of the story: a quarrel between dog headed and cat headed politicians, a zombie, the mental obnubilation by a word whirl. An amazing performance by a young artist mostly devoted to video-clips, displaying her original narrative verve.  

Sunday, September 8th, Conference Room, 4:30 p.m.


Bastien Dubois: FACES FROM PLACES


Faces from Places is an animated TV series created by Bastien Dubois. The author was born in 1983. In 2006, he graduated in infography direction at Supinfocom Valenciennes (France). After the school, he got experience in web site creations and video games animation. As a travel lover, Bastien discovered Madagascar and decided to realize an animated journey diary on the island. Madagascar, travel diary won Animanima 2009 Grand Prix and was nominated for the 2011 Oscar. Bastien than directed the series Faces from places based on the same idea, and the short film Cargo Cult. Faces from Places will make us explore and see the world through multiple facets: through landscapes, habits, myths and unexpected encounters. It will take us to Lituania, Greece, Colombia, Iran, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan, Canada, Yemen, Japan… Based on real trips, researches or testimonies of various encounters, each episode introduces the native of a more or less remote and exotic country, who will explain the traveler an aspect of his culture, his history and his environment.




Original title: Portrait de voyages
Script, animation & direction: Bastien Dubois
Editing & sound design: Regis Diebold
Tehnika Technique: 2D / 3D
Duration: 60’ (20 episodes x 3’)
Year: 2013
Producer: Ron Dyens Production company: Sacrebleu Productions
www.sacrebleuprod.com



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