‘Acid Rain’ and ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ Take High Animafest Zagreb Honors


The 29th World Competition of Animated Movie – Animafest Zagreb 2019 closed Saturday at Tuškanac cinema. After over 400 screened movies and lots of aspect occasions in six pageant days, probably the most festive second got here – the perfect authors and movies have been introduced.

Within the Grand Competitors, Quick Movie jury members Boris Labbé, Ruth Lingford, Michaela Müller, Tünde Vollenbroek and Chen Xi awarded the Grand Prix to the Polish movie Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul, produced by Animoon manufacturing firm. Famous the jury: “The award was given for a movie that takes us by some excessive adventures in a approach that’s typically uncomfortable, however at all times compelling. The filmmaker creates a posh and convincing central protagonist and permits us to determine along with her dangerous quest for depth and expertise.”

The identical jury introduced the Golden Zagreb Award for creativity and revolutionary inventive achievement to Michael Frei for Children (Switzerland, Playables manufacturing firm), mentioning that character animation usually takes quite a lot of planning and phases, however for this specific movie, its creator discovered different, distinctive methods to create motion. He used coding and interplay, to play with group processes and the best way folks affect one another. This use of interactivity allowed the filmmaker to form not solely his inventive course of, but additionally the ultimate consequence: a becoming visible logic for his movie.

The Zlatko Grgić Award for greatest first movie made aside from an schooling establishment went to the German movie Flood by Malte Stein, a surrealist movie exhibits an unsightly world the place a younger man is attempting to flee his situation as a dominated particular person. The darkish humorousness mixed with a really specific use of sound and animation give us a novel expertise, usually uncomfortable, however at all times fascinating.

The jury members additionally determined to current particular mentions. Boris Labbé’s went to the Canadian movie No Objects by Moïa Jobin-Paré, produced by NFB, which choreographs completely different on a regular basis gestures in a really tactile approach. The floor of the movie additionally data and superimposes the animator’s personal gestures in scratching and portray. “This can be a distinctive audiovisual expertise,” mentioned Labbé.

Ruth Lingford was notably impressed by the Russian movie 5 Minutes to Sea by Natalia Mirzoyan from the Petersburg Animation Studio, a fantastically noticed, and deeply felt piece of humanistic filmmaking. Based on Lingford, “The filmmaker reminds us of what it’s prefer to be a baby, and the subjective elasticity of time.”

Michaela Müller gave her particular point out to the British-French movie Roughhouse by Jonathan Hodgson, which takes a stand for solidarity amongst buddies, even when they check your endurance to the restrict. “Drawing on what they learnt from a childhood sport gone improper, they discover the energy to assist one another and stand as much as the bully,” Müller famous. “Skillful dramaturgy and narration enable us to determine with and care concerning the characters.”

Tünde Vollenbroek selected the Taiwanese movie Si So Mi by Xu-Zhan Zhang, saying, “This movie is likely one of the easy pleasures in life. Its playful design pulled me into its world instantly. And with its quirky characters and morbid ritual, the movie is shocking and totally pleasant.”

And eventually, Chen Xi gave his particular point out to the Croatian movie Imbued Life by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson, produced by Bonobostudio. “By way of its imagery and mise-en-scene of dissolution and embodiment, disappearance and emergence, powerfully conveys emotions, each painful and seductive, of alienation,” Xi mentioned.”

Based on the Grand Competitors Characteristic Movie jury, consisting of Frank Gladstone, Dine Goder and Dalibor Barić, the Grand Prix went to the Hungarian movie Ruben Brandt, Collector by Milorad Krstić. The jury famous, “The award goes to a movie that performs with the notion of effective artwork. This entertaining, out-of-the-ordinary view is satirical whereas on the identical time respects the classical artwork on the middle of the story. For a effectively scripted detective yarn, cleverly thought out, splendidly written with imaginative route, eclectic music rating and a design sense that takes probabilities and isn’t beholding to something that has come earlier than.”

The identical jury gave its particular point out to the French-Belgian-Luxembourg-Cambodian movie Funan by Denis Do, a movie that would not be extra completely different in topic or tone from our Grand Prize recipient.  Set within the time of the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror in Cambodia, it is a heartrending story of affection, loss, sacrifice, the need to outlive and the human functionality for good and evil, as seen by the eyes of 1 household, particularly the mom, Cho. It additionally asks us to recollect these horrible instances, lest we neglect and repeat the identical inhumanity over once more.

The joint jury of the Scholar and Croatian Movie Competitors consisting of Nikita Diakur, Vasco Sá and Bruno Razum determined to provide the Dušan Vukotić Award for greatest scholar movie to the Czech movie After by Matouš Valchář, made on the Ladislav Sutnar College of Design and Artwork of Western Bohemia. A uncooked and direct movie a few delicate topic that considerations each one in every of us – mentioned the reason. The € 1000 money prize is sponsored by Zagrebačka banka.

The joint jury additionally gave particular mentions to the movie Pleased Ending, United Kingdom, Royal Faculty of Artwork by EunJu Ara Choi and Love on the Crossroads, South Korea, Korea Nationwide College of Arts by Hee-seung Choi. Pleased Ending is an intimate story concerning the seek for emotions and pleasure in a spot the place these are arduous to seek out, and Love on the Crossroads appears naive and easy, however in actual fact is a shocking tackle younger love and compromise.

The most effective movie within the Croatian Movie Competitors is A Demonstration of Brilliance in 4 Acts by Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak, an Estonian-Croatian co-production (Eesti Joonisfilm and Adriatic Animation), additionally profitable a € 1000 money prize sponsored by the Croatian Administrators’ Affiliation, and the particular point out went to Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson for Imbued Life, produced by Bonobostudio. Lastly, the perfect Croatian minority co-production went to Balász Turai and The Fall of Rome, a collaboration between the Hungarian Boddah studio and Adriatic Animation from Croatia. The jury famous it was an enigmatic puzzle that falls into place to disclose the absurdity of our fixed want for leisure. A tactile and well-crafted movie concerning the thriller of the connection between human and nature. An immersive story a few coming of age household caught in a surreal and apocalyptic world.

The winner of the newly established VR Mission Competitors was chosen by a jury of David Doutel, Marc Betrand and Milan Gostimir. Their award went to the French piece Accused #2 Walter Sisulu by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte.

The winners within the Youngsters’s Movie Competitors have been chosen by Nina Bukovina, Sven Fritz, Lara Grgec, Vigo Urbanke and Grgur Valkaj. Their award went to Huge Wolf, Little Wolf by Rémi Durin (France-Belgium), and the particular point out to the Belgian movie Candy Evening by Lia Bertels.

Lastly, the Mr M. Viewers Award for greatest movie in Quick Competitors additionally went to Tomek Popakul for Acid Rain and in Characteristic Competitors to Denis Do for Funan.

The 30th World Competition of Animated Movie takes place Eight-13 June 2020.

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