Animation Competition 1
There are five instances of near inactivity in this selection, but a lot of things happening beneath the surface. It’s easy to get lost in these animated films, be it together with deer and hedgehogs, in simply trying to remember something or choosing to forget. The films work like excursions: to the country or to the (not so glamorous) French Riviera, and they painstakingly try to prove that a non-dominant narrative is the best route on the path to happiness. Their exquisite, changing aesthetics certainly help along the way. The meditative trip has just begun.
In the space of ten minutes, the African baobab tree grows 0.008 mm, the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound, can run 12 km, and the Earth travels 18,000 km around the Sun. Movements is a ten-minute film which I drew at a rate of two seconds of animation per day. We are all walking, seeing, working, running, and stopping together.
At the Riviera, a private apartment building, it’s nap time. The heat is dreadful, but Mr Osganzi and Ms Carmen, true to their habits, are sunbathing near the swimming pool. In his shadowy living room, Monsieur Henriet tries to entertain himself by looking at his neighbours, and at any sign of life on the outside. Apparently, everything is quiet…
A house, a garden, a stream. The beehive on the hillside, the shack, the wooden hut and the shed. In between, we find memories, stories and observations. The past, the present and the future.
This time the dream was about to make sense... During sleep and cornered by a lack of meaning, a reluctant hedgehog creates a puzzle that can't be solved. But even within the dream, the hedgehog is neither able to let it go nor to solve it and stubbornly tries to make sense of the absurdity.
Recently, painter Louis and his wife, Michelle, are experiencing strange events. Their world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furniture, objects and people lose their realism. They are restructuring, sometimes disintegrating…