A while ago a friend invited me to Anima 2015 in Flagey. For some reason I started a post about it, but never finished it. So here it goes, though somewhat later as scheduled…
For those of you who do not know Anima, it’s the annual Animation Film Festival in Brussels. It’s impossible to review all highly original and inspired entries, so I picked my favorites from the selected professional shorts. Beware some are highly disturbing…
Small note : Not all short films are online available in their uncut, full-length versions. So some will only feature their trailers or behind the scenes footage. It will hopefully spark your interest and make you want to see more of the artists who created the film.
1. La Chair de ma chère, Calvin Antoine Blandin, FR, 2014, 12’40’’ – FULL
2. Beach Flags, Sarah Saidan, FR, 2014, 13’39’’ – TRAILER
Vida, a young Iranian lifeguard, is determined to fight and go the extra mile in order to be the one to participate in an international competition in Australia. However, when Sareh who is as fast and talented as her, joins the team, her luck changes. Vida will have to face an unexpected situation when ambition, opportunity, solidarity and being a woman in Iran come together.
3. The Dam Keeper, Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, US, 2013, 18’05’’ – Nominated for an Oscar!
Introduction to The Dam Keeper by the directors and thoughts on their Acadamy Award nomination.
4. Juste de l’eau, Carlos De Carvalho, FR, 2014, 4’42’’ – FULL
For the making of, go here.
Supposedly set in Lisbon, more specific during the time of the great maritime discoveries. The Great Explorers arrive in the harbor after a long voyage across the oceans. Greeted by loved ones, friends and family, joyous events spontaneously erupt in every corner of the town. Everyone and everything seems to be caught in a celebratory frenzy. Meanwhile, a young pig doesn’t quite feel included in the whole flurry of things and has the strange feeling of being completely isolated from the others in his own native city.
5. Rulletrappen, Christopher Nielsen, NO, 2014, 9’47’’ – TRAILER
I was lucky enough to see the whole thing. Too bad it’s not yet available online, or in English…
People(/trolls) are struggling upward on an escalator that is going down. Some run, some just keep going, some have worked out a specific step strategy… Until one of them starts to wonder why. The inevitable question that they refuse to ask themselves. Is the goal to fight their way to the top, or is it to relax and just go with the flow of the stairs to the bottom? Because nobody knows what’s at either end of the escalator.
Nielsen managed to create some kind of endless hell of not knowing, doubt, peer pressure, philosophy and mind tricks.