Hitting Our Heads On The World Animation Avantgarde 1

  • , Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 74 min Ticket

This selection pivots on Anna Vasof’s newest piece, Hitting my Head on the World, which seems programmatic for Animation Avantgarde because it overcomes the boundaries of several film genres by spicing up conceptual work with humor and joyful musicality. Also crossing boundaries is Skirmanta Jakaité with The Juggler, in which the filmmaker pulls us from the real world into fantasy with her hypnotic painterly drawing style. Paul Bush in turn demonstrates in Ride how the magic of animation can make even the heaviest motorbikes dance. (tr)

With Q&As

The Astronaut (VIS Trailer 2019)

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)

The Astronaut (VIS Trailer 2019)

Splash

CN 2019 09 min 21 sec Austrian premiere Director SHEN Jie Shen Jie

The color turquoise and a billowing checkered pattern can be found in almost every image in Splash. In his film Shen Jie quotes the paintings of David Hockney, who is renowned for his pool motifs. The film remains an atmosphere, cryptic between tranquility and the seeming “explosion” of a splash as one of the protagonists jumps into a pool. Don’t look for logic or a linear narrative; the spotlight is firmly on a feeling of disquiet, uncertainty, and urgency. (wp) 

Production Shen Jie, SHEN Jie Sound Luo Keju Animation Shen Jie

Splash

The Juggler

LT 2018 11 min 05 sec Director Skirmanta Jakaitė

Skirmanta Jakaité creates fascinating and captivating visual worlds in The Juggler. They are mysterious and leave much room for interpretation. A thread runs through these images, a trail of blood or a strand of hair dragged like a dress train. The film is about secrets, fears, nightmares, and fascinations as well as the uncanny things that are only there when we’re not looking. But we know—we know exactly that they’re there. (wp)

Skirmanta Jaikatė will be present.

Production Tripode Productions & Perspective Films

The Juggler

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Boy transcoded from phosphene

BR 2018 02 min 07 sec Austrian premiere Director Rodrigo Faustini

An image is destroyed. Its destruction harbors the germ of something new. A documentary film still is digitally manipulated—giving us a wholly new experience that takes place on a different plane, abstract and visual: Colors blur, movements are free and without specific meaning. The originally concrete image from the documentary becomes a beautiful, moving abstract painting. (wp)

Rodrigo Faustini will be present.

Screenplay Rodrigo Faustini Animation Rodrigo Faustini

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Supersad(opus)_01

US 2018 10 min 50 sec World premiere Director Faiyaz Jafri

Faiyaz Jafri’s hyper-unrealism strikes again: Once upon a time on a deserted parking lot, in a galaxy far far away, a female figure is lying next to a miniature car—and oversize fly agarics burst through the asphalt around her. However, the filmmaker doesn’t seem interested in the figurative plane; everything becomes a trippy LSD dream. The images warp and twist into each other, kaleidoscopically, creating a slick psychedelic nightmare. (wp) 

Faiyaz Jafri will be present.

Screenplay Faiyaz Jafri Production Faiyaz Jafri Editing Faiyaz Jafri Cast Sky Jafri Animation Faiyaz Jafri

Supersad(opus)_01

Sun Zoom Spark

US 2018 02 min 28 sec Vienna premiere Director Gina Kamentsky

A thrilling, somewhat menacing sound collage sourced from bridge structures by way of contact microphones is the basis for a flow of movement painted on 70-mm film stock interspersed with snippets of live-action footage. A fragmentary tour through urban structures, underneath highway bridges, past distant water reservoirs—a distance that keeps fraying out in abstractions. (tr)

Production Gina Kamentsky Animation Gina Kamentsky

Sun Zoom Spark

Losing The Sponge

GB 2018 03 min 14 sec Austrian premiere Director Leto Meade

A sonorous voice speaks, partly with great pathos, partly in whispers, about . . . a sponge! A “pliant, alluring rectangle” that gives the speaker “jubilant, porous ecstasy.” A metaphor for interpersonal relationships, as some movie blurbs might have you believe? Hm. Above all we are amused by a light-footed Dadaist poem clashing with a mixture of sketch-like rotoscoped paintings and 3-d animations. (tr)

Leto Meade will be present.

Screenplay Julie Lindh Cast Ben Crystal Animation Leto Meade

Losing The Sponge

Ride

PT 2018 05 min 42 sec Austrian premiere Director Paul Bush

This animation technique, which Bush has used in previous projects, is a mixture of object animation (objects are moved step by step) and replacement technique (several especially produced objects create a flow of movement). Here, the technological evolution of two-wheeled locomotion is made visible using a multitude of bicycles and motorbikes. In the end, there’s a surprise trip to the countryside. (tr)

Screenplay Paul Bush Production Abi Feijó, Paul Bush Editing Paul Bush Cast Bernardo Santo Tirso, João Cardoso Sound Andy Cowton Animation Paul Bush

Ride

Entrop

DK 2019 06 min Austrian premiere Director Zeno van den Broek

Zeno van den Broek names the cylindrical zoetrope, which produces moving images by mechanical means, as an inspiration for his abstract animation. Vertical cuts in the zoetrope’s cylinder let you see the single images behind it for split-seconds, images that thus merge into a flowing motion. In an entrope, differently paced sequences of vertical and horizontal lines are superimposed and crosshatched to form more and more complex structures. (tr)

Zeno van den Broek will be present.

Screenplay Zeno van den Broek Production Zeno van den Broek Animation Zeno van den Broek

Entrop

Per tutta la vita

IT FR 2018 05 min 20 sec Austrian premiere Director Roberto Catani

Roberto Catani traces an amorous relationship in a poetic backward narration realized with a sophisticated painting technique. The film ends with the first smitten look exchanged by the two teenagers. In seamless transitions, memories of the two blend at various points of their lives. Moments of joy the two experienced, separations, and playful encounters are continually interwoven with images from the circus. (tr)

Roberto Catani will be present.

Production Miyu Productions & Withstand Films Sound Andrea Martignoni Animation Roberto Catani

Per tutta la vita

Paper Trail

US 2018 01 min Austrian premiere Director Jake Fried

Every year, Jake Fried presents a striking one-minute film that emerges from long-term work processes and renders them visible. Once again with Paper Trail, he presents a highly condensed collection of drawn and painted traces that are added on and overlaid, yet created on a single canvas. This time, he has also included several collage elements. A breakneck journey in your head, and the artist even provides his own score. 

Paper Trail

Hitting my Head on the World

AT 2019 14 min 53 sec World premiere Director Anna Vasof

Anna Vasof traveled to various places around the world to strap a microphone to her head and record the sounds of her forehead banging against different objects. An original concept, realized with great humor and made all the more vibrant by the many happy accidents the artist incorporates in her final product. The rhythm of the film’s editing also renders it a piece of music—especially when, toward the end, several instruments begin to play along. (tr)

Anna Vasof will be present.

Screenplay Anna Vasof Production Anna Vasof

Hitting my Head on the World