Ruben Brandt, Collector
Milorad Krstić | Hungary | 2018 | 94 min | EN
Since the beginning of animation, animators have always found the transparent boundary between fine art and animated film tempting and inspiring. Several feature films have appeared in recent years that successfully balance on this line (for example Loving, Vincent which was screened at last year's Anifilm). But Hungarian film Ruben Brandt, Collector defies most of such films in terms of both genre and story and artistic style. Slovenian director Milorad Krstić opens his feature debut with a car chase through the streets of Paris and continues in the tradition of thrilling action films for the entire 90-minute running length. On the way, he adopts elements from crime, gangster, detective and mystery films as well as psychological dramas. The protagonists of the film are the famous psychologist Ruben Brandt, expert in art therapy, and four of his extraordinary patients. After the death of his father, the psychologist is tormented by haunting nightmares full of paintings by classical masters. It seems that the only way to chase away the nightmares is to steal the paintings from galleries. And so, together with the patients, he forms an intrepid gang, who soon have a price put on their heads. Apart from its complex and thrilling story, the film is unique in the way in which the director stylises the settings, characters and the paintings. The story is swarming with characters who are works of art themselves with qualities underlined by expressive and at times even extreme stylisation.