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2022 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

různí /various | 93 min

The 2021 Oscar nominations encompassed a varied selection of genres and animation and artistic techniques. In this showcase, we will see Joanna Quinn’s eccentric animated hero Beryl, an ageing factory worker obsessed with drawing. The Chilean puppet film Bestia couldn’t be farther from comedy. The film is inspired by real events and tells the story of a secret police agent, her twisted inner world and the circumstances of the society she lives in. The story of Boxballet focuses on two protagonists and the different worlds of the ballerina Olya and the boxer Evgenyi, who have to cope with their feelings in a harsh reality. Another film (this one for children) was made by the famous studio Aardman Animations and portrays a story of great courage and exploration. The protagonist, a bird named Robin who was brought up by mice, sets out to find her roots and herself. The last Oscar-nominated film, Windshield Wiper, stars a meditative hero. Sitting in a café with a cigarette in his hand, he ponders an important and timeless question: ‘What is love?‘. Our block of Oscar-nominated films was put together in collaboration with iShorts.

Affairs of the Art
Director: Joanna Quinn, United Kingdom, Canada, 2021, 16 min
 
Bestia
Director: Hugo Covarrubias, Chile, 2021, 16 min
 
Boxballet
Director: Anton Dyakov, Russia, 2020, 15 min
 
Robin Robin
Directors: Daniel Ojari, Michael Please, United Kingdom, 2021, 31 min
 
Windshield Wiper
Director: Alberto Mielgo, Spain, 2021, 15 min

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2022 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

Thu 12/5/2022
20.00-21.33
free seats: 80
Malé Theatre

Sat 14/5/2022
14.30-16.03
free seats: 0
Cinema City 4

UMPRUM ANIMATION: I’m on First Name Terms with Animation + Wunderbaum Premiere

90 min

The academic year 2021/22 marks the 70th anniversary of the Animation Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM). In collaboration with the National Film Archive, many short films that haven’t been seen on the big screen since their completion have been digitally restored. The showcase includes genuine rarities such as Václav Mergl’s Chameleon, Vratislav Hlavatý’s Hey Hop and Svatopluk Pitra’s Hat in the Bush. The last two films are screened in a revived premiere. The selection also reflects this year’s festival theme of humour.

Wunderbaum

 

What does the taxi driver Ruslan experience during his endless shift? Six episodes using various film and television genres portray stories from his life. Each episode was directed by two directors who were in charge of the story, animation and artistic design. Join us on a wild ride through a wide range of animation and artistic approaches. The series was made as exclusive content for Czech Television’s online broadcast. We will also screen bonus episodes.

The Adventures of Kuldík the Dog / Dobrodružství psa Kuldíka
Director: Svatopluk Pitra, 1956, 7 min
 
Ideal / Ideál
Director: Jaroslava Nesvadbová-Sedlecká, 1956, 3 min
 
Hat in the Bush / Klobouk ve křoví
Director: Svatopluk Pitra, 1956, 5 min
 
Three Buddies / Tři kumpáni
Director: Jiří Hanžlík, 1956, 3 min
 
Hey Hop / Elá hop
Director: Vratislav Hlavatý, 1956, 6 min
 
Chameleon
Director: Václav Mergl, 1962, 2 min
 
Balabile / Balábilé
Director: Jaromír Gál, 1962, 2 min
 
Biolál z Hadránků
Director: Jolanta Lysková, 1962, 2 min
 
Trickery / Kejklovačka
Director: Jana Merglová Olexová, 1964, 3 min
 
A Fence and a Horse / Plot a Kůň
Director: Dorota Janoušová, 1966, 4 min
 
Lanoli 
Director: Eva Ménesiová, 1966, 4 min
 
A Fairy-Tale for Obese Kids / Pohádka pro tlusté děti
Director: Eva Galová Vodrážková, 1966, 5 min
 
A One-Syllable Story / Jednoslabičný příběh
Director: Petr Poš, 1968, 5 min
 
I Don’t Want to See Hawaii / Já nechci na Havaj
Director: Pavel Vošický, 1969, 1 min
 
Tremble / Chvěj
Director: Kateřina Nováková, 1972, 4 min
 
Greetings / Pozdrav
Director: kolektiv ateliéru, 1974, 2 min
 
all: Czechoslovakia
 
 
Wunderbaum
1. Rock / Šutr
Director: Thanh Mai Tranová, Matej Mihalyi, 5 min
 
2. King of Ink 
Director: Natália Peterková, Anastázie Rainischová, 4 min
 
3. Juices / Šťávy
Director: Ondřej Salava, Šimon Schnierer, 4 min
 
4. Slow TV 
Director: Julie Černá, Petra Mikolášová, 3 min
 
5. Catastrophe / Katastrofa
Director: Jakub Rozehnal, Josef Žárský, 4 min
 
6. Václav 
Director: Patrik Trska, Jáchym Štulíř, 5 min
 
Bonus episodes 
Ruslan’s Morning / Ruslanovo ráno
Director: Jonáš Urbánek, 1 min
 
Flashback 
Director: Tuan Trieu, 2 min
 
Vision / Vidina
Director: Alex Volfová, 2 min
 
Genre / Žánr
Director: Tereza Burianová, 1 min
 
all: Czech Republic, 2022

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UMPRUM ANIMATION: I’m on First Name Terms with Animation + Wunderbaum Premiere

Fri 13/5/2022
13.00-14.30
free seats: 103
Kino Varšava

Chicken of the Mound

Xi Chen | China | 2021 | 84 min | EN

One day, a Jellyfish breaks into one of the robot earths. The Jellyfish branched into several events, one of these events was called Chicken. After the Chicken event deactivated the local robot defence system, it began scanning local stories and creating new stories. The stories created by Chicken consisted of sub-stories and mini-dramas. A particularly curious larva chicken did not undergo adult transformation and did not hide in the cave. Instead, it experienced several small growths and roamed the plains and mounds in robot armour.
 
The author of the formally most extreme film of recent times is the young and versatile Chinese artist Xi Chen, who made the film all by himself. Right from the very first second, the exposition hurls us into a strange world of an eternal fight only to subsequently add layers of scenes in a not very viewer-friendly mode. This frenetic experimental film, occasionally reminiscent of gameplay videos, smoothly uses 3D animation and combines it with real footage. The film was screened at festivals in Ottawa and Annecy and this unusual experience is now brought to you by Anifilm.

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Chicken of the Mound

Fri 13/5/2022
15.00-16.24
free seats: 53
North Bohemian Museum

Eternal Spring

Jason Loftus | Canada | 2022 | 86 min | ZH | EN, CS sub

In March 2002, several members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement decided to counter the Chinese government’s false reports vilifying the group. In Changchung city, they managed to hack the broadcast of the Chinese state TV and for several brief moments, the viewers could see what Falun Gong truly stood for. Consequently, the police started cruelly pursuing the members of the small resistance group as well as their supporters. Comic book illustrator Daxiong, a Falung Gong practitioner, was forced to flee the city. He himself thought that hacking the broadcast was counterproductive as it only worsened the situation. In North America, he met the lone surviving participant to have escaped China. Their dialogue revealing other circumstances, details and the fates of individual participants forms the backbone of this ani-doc. Its authors combine live footage with animated sequences inspired by Daxiong’s work and map the fight for freedom of expression and religion in a captivating way. The authors of this documentary felt the pressure of the Chinese government themselves when government officials contacted their colleagues and tried to persuade them to cease cooperation.

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Eternal Spring

Fri 13/5/2022
17.00-18.26
free seats: 54
North Bohemian Museum