- , Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 79 min Ticket
That Animation Avantgarde cares deeply for the avant-garde film is exemplified by the richly colored found-footage film E-Ticket by Simon Liu, whose journey through the author’s personal archives also pays close attention to sound design. Sounds Good by Sander Joon is a humorously absurd montage of various narrative strands revolving around a sound technician who wants to record the sounds of mushrooms. Ross Hogg’s 4:3 is a timely visual-music installation, while Heidi Stokes’s The Art of Reducing Noise is all about the comfort of silence. (tr)
AT 2019 01 min World premiere Director Anna Vasof
Completely alone, in front of a tall wall, stands the astronaut in a space suit. Ready for liftoff, ready to take off and go over the wall—or far beyond. The future, after all, is forged in courage! The fuse is lit, the sound of a long fall rings in the countdown. Liftoff is imminent—but the body is weary and only the spirit is free. (de)
AT 2019 04 min 30 sec Vienna premiere Director Johann Lurf
A film that more suitably encapsulates our concept of Animation Avantgarde is hard to find: Johann Lurf moves nimbly and devoid of dogma between animation and experimental film. In Cavalcade we see a water wheel moving down a river. The wheel is adorned with specific patterns and symbols, resembling the pioneer inventor Simon von Stampfer’s stroboscopic discs that develop a life of their own when set in motion. The choreography and the interplay of movement and standstill are modeled on the reciprocity of light, recording device, and kinetic energy. (wp)
Johann Lurf will be present.
Camera Martin Putz
FR JP 2019 02 min 14 sec European premiere Director Boris Labbé
The Ainu are an indigenous people of Japan, native to Hokkaido—and Ruunpe is one of four two-minute animations from the installation Sirki (“pattern”) that opened on March 21, 2019, in Sapporo. Boris Labbé combines graphic sculptures and symbols from textiles with the Ainu’s music, thus pointing to their history and traditions. We look forward to the video’s world premiere at our festival. (tr)
Production Boris Labbé Animation Boris Labbé
US 2019 13 min Austrian premiere Director Simon Liu
Simon Liu’s film consists of 35-mm photographs and film footage, most of which he shot when traveling abroad. They carry us to far-off lands and exotic image worlds. His montages create a beautiful push-and-pull of different speeds: from super-slow to a maelstrom of information. We are tempted to ask: What do we remember and what images are discarded? The film lets us travel along, and in the end, our memories will surely be completely different. (wp)
Production Rachael Lawe Sound Devin Johnson
AT 2018 06 min Vienna premiere Director Claudia Larcher
Plunge into an endless mountain. Visually and sonically, Claudia Larcher sets a steady rhythm for ORE: Rock and mountain formations pass before our eyes as we seem to burrow ourselves deeper into the ground. The hammering beat hints at humans and their interference, but it also lets us experience the material acoustically. As in her early works, Larcher uses digital image composition to create a seemingly endless dolly shot that only allows for the occasional flashes of orientation. (wp)
Claudia Larcher will be present.
Screenplay Claudia Larcher Production Claudia Larcher
DK 2019 08 min 35 sec European premiere Director Pernille Kjaer Pernille Kjaer
As you watch On Ambition, Courtship and Procreation you are bound to think of the famous Fischli/Weiss film The Way Things Go. The circle of life is shown, but not in an educational or indoctrinating way. Simple objects of various shapes and colors move around without apparent reason in what seem like infinite loops. There is something humorous and wildly poetic in these choreographies. (wp)
Screenplay Pernille Kjaer Production Lana Tankosa Nikolic Sound Mads Vadsholt Animation Pernille Kjaer
US 2018 04 min 17 sec Austrian premiere Director Chaerin Im
“Does a vagina look like a flower?” This little question, seemingly naively posed, ushers in this film about gender. Vulvas and penises are recreated as three-dimensional sculptures in digital space, changing constantly, morphing from one to the other. Chaerin Im explores the subjects of gender and sexuality in her films. In this film in particular, as if in passing, she demonstrates the beauty of sexual organs: “Anyway—a penis looks like a flower too.” (wp)
Chaerin Im will be present.
Screenplay Chaerin Im Production Chaerin Im Editing Chaerin Im Cast Bronwyn Malony Sound Roger Kim Animation Chaerin Im
GB 2019 04 min 48 sec International premiere Director Ross Hogg
At the first cursory glance, one is reminded of Norman McLaren’s famous abstract scratch films, but what unfolds fairly quickly becomes an autonomous universe of twelve different screens showing 16-mm films arranged in a 4:3-scale grid where the scratches’ gestural traces dance, communicate, build up ornamental structures, and tickle our senses and make us want to shake a leg to the rhythm of contemporary beats. (tr)
Ross Hogg will be present.
Production Ross Hogg Sound Robbie Gunn Animation Ross Hogg
GB 2018 04 min 14 sec European premiere Director Heidi Stokes
A search for silence and space preoccupies the mind of the filmmaker Heidi Stokes in this film. On her quest, she is confronted with a new perspective: that of Alan LaVern Bean—the fourth man on the moon. When asked what outer space is like, his answer is short: “It’s very quiet.” The film is composed of exceptionally beautiful illustrations and looks as if drawn and colored in a sketchbook. (wp)
Heidi Stokes will be present.
Screenplay Heidi Stokes Production Heidi Stokes Cast Darren Philip Animation Heidi Stokes
FR DK 2018 12 min 07 sec Director Martina Scarpelli
Shot in high-contrast black-and-white, Egg is a short film that addresses a woman’s experience of anorexia. The painful struggles are translated into expressive drawings of her nude body trapped in a stylistically antithetical geometric cube. The sinking feeling of being prisoner to an obsession is amplified by the woman’s inner monologue. (tr)
Production Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Lana Tankosa Nikolic, Pierre Baussaron
EE 2018 09 min 50 sec Austrian premiere Director Sander Joon
Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere! Nobody would have guessed that mushrooms can make such sounds! A man with a boom mic goes out looking for that special sound and encounters the strangest, most absurd situations—from an art performance to a fungal boxing match. Sander Joon demonstrates his incredible feel for the importance of sound (not only) in animation. (wp)
Production Mari Kivi Animation Sander Joon
US 2018 02 min 10 sec Austrian premiere Director Patrick Smith
First black, classic, almost inconspicuous. And slowly more colorful, patterned: We make out Old Glory, pink stripes, flowers even. Blink and you’ll miss it: the next weapon. Be it Wild West colts, toy guns, or larger calibers: Patrick Smith visualizes the American obsession with firearms. The film shows a total of 2,328 guns. 393 million are currently in circulation in the United States. (wp)
Production Kaori Ishida Animation Patrick Smith
2018 01 min 16 sec Director Sasha Svirsky
In episode 2 of Svirsky’s series for nonexistent bands, the music and the video are much more relaxed, minimalist, and distinct. The design is reduced to four colors: black, white, shrill neon green and muted orange-brown. The actions of the drawn actors are less clear: maybe sports play a role, and in two short sequences heads move their lips almost in sync to the synthetic voices. So, almost like a traditional music video. (tr)
Sasha Svirsky und Nadezhda Svirskaia will be present.
Production Nadezhda Svirskaia Sound Alexey Prosvirnin Animation Sasha Svirsky
GB 2018 02 min 55 sec Director Peter Millard
To celebrate “100 Years of Japanese Animation,” curator Nobuaki Doi approached Peter Millard to make this three-minute animation film, whose modest production budget was subsequently collected via crowdfunding. Millard’s crude painting technique quotes and transforms important manga milestones: from the beginnings and Astro Boy, Akira, and Pikachu all the way to contemporary stars like Kōji Yamamura. There are battles; there is noise—a major spectacle! (tr)
Sound Peter Millard Animation Peter Millard