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Kanga, Roo and Dingo the Dog

Ilja Novák | Czechoslovakia | 42 min

Foreign television stations still successfully broadcast re-runs of the Czech animated series Kanga, Roo and Dingo the Dog, which first aired in 1995. Without using dialogue, the series is a playful and inventive take on humorous stories starring animals. Kanga, little Roo and a parrot live together in Australia. Their days would be perfectly ordinary if it weren’t for Dingo the Dog. Every day, he tries to kidnap little Roo and eat him. Dingo comes up with various plans to get his paws on little Roo, but every time, sometimes at the very last moment, Kanga sees through his plans and saves Roo. As it should be in proper slapstick, Dingo subsequently pays for his mischief, but only to the extent that he can be the villain again in the next episode. Ilja Novák adapted a story by Jaroslav Boček in his own distinct way, imprinted his unmistakeable artistic style in the series and created captivating slapstick for the youngest audiences.

How They Woke Up
How They Picked Fruit
How They Cut a Tree
How They Played the Violin
How Roo Caught a Butterfly
How They Went Fishing
How They Went for Milk
 
Director: Ilja Novák, Czech Republic, 1995, 7 x 7 min 

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Kanga, Roo and Dingo the Dog

Tue 10/5/2022
13.00-13.42
free seats: 203
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

Fri 13/5/2022
09.30-10.12
free seats: 10
North Bohemian Museum

Bone-Chilling Slapstick

různí / various | 67 min

Sometimes we laugh so hard it’s almost chilling. Other times we laugh so hard our bones may rattle. Somewhere in between is a specific sub-genre of humour very popular in animation. We could call it morbid slapstick comedy. This kind of humour is popular not only among filmmakers (in particular, European) but also among viewers. It has many nuances. It’s often clad in absurdity we know from (among others) films of Finno-Ugric provenance (for instance In the Air and Sticky Ends). Other times it offers pure joy from straightforward, naively presented morbidity (The Clod, KJFG No. 5 and The God), but it can also be ironic and parodic (Bluebarry) or black (Happy End). In any case, the authors usually explore serious topics – often death – which they lighten up with specific exaggeration. This approach is typical and unmistakeable for specific authors (you can see for yourselves in A Single Life, Where My Home Is? and The Banker). Ultimately, this sub-genre can also include an animated pun, as is the case of the programme’s opening film – Walt Disney’s timeless, adorably morbid film with breathtaking animation, The Skeleton Dance.

Silly Symphony – The Skeleton Dance
Director: Walt Disney, United States 1929, 6 min
 
Sticky Ends / Les Chroniques de la poisse
Director: Osman Cerfon, France, 2011, 6 min
 
The Banker
Director: Phil Mulloy, United Kingdom, 2012, 3 min
 
A Single Life
Directors: Job, Joris & Marieke, Netherlands, 2014, 2 min
 
Thank You
Director: Julian Gallese, United Kingdom, Costa Rica, 2020, 8 min
 
The Clod / Hrouda
Director: Jaromír Plachý, Czech Republic, 2007, 2 min
 
The God / Божество 
Director: Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 2003, 4 min
Enough
Director: Anna Mantzaris, United Kingdom, 2017, 2 min
 
In the Air / Õhus
Director: Martinus Klemet, Estonia, 2009, 8 min
 
Where My Home Is – The Truth / Kdé domov můj – Pravda
Director: Pavel Koutský, Czech Republic, 2021, 1 min
 
Bluebarry
Directors: Markus & Tommy Vad Flaaten, Netherlands, 2015, 5 min
 
Wormhole / Wurmloch
Director: collective of authors, Finland, 2016, 12 min
 
KJFG No. 5 (Log Jam)
Director: Alexey Alexeev, Hungary, 2008, 2 min
 
Happy End
Director: Jan Saska, Czech Republic, 6 min

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Bone-Chilling Slapstick

Tue 10/5/2022
14.30-15.37
free seats: 171
Kino Varšava

Thu 12/5/2022
15.30-16.37
free seats: 104
Cinema City 4

Chicken Run

Nick Park | United Kingdom, United States, France | 2000 | 84 min | ZDARMA / Free Entry

At first glance, Tweedy’s egg farm is no different from any other egg ‘factories’. But behind the farm’s barbed wire, a rebellious spirit rattles the coops. Rocky, Ginger and their feathered friends simply refuse to accept the frustrating fate of being egg ‘mass-producers’ who will eventually end up in a pot or a pan. They spend their time carefully crafting, then carrying out their escape plans. With each failed escape attempt, their resolve, but most importantly their resourcefulness, grows.
The feature animated comedy Chicken Run references several classics of world cinema and openly admits that it drew inspiration from the famous 1963 film The Great Escape. Its heroes aren’t captured Allied soldiers, but seemingly simple-minded chickens and roosters made of clay by Aardman Animations. Just like other Aardman films, Chicken Run is characterised by superb animation and excellent dialogue. The film was made over 20 years ago but it’s even more topical than ever. The fight for chickens’ (and other animals’) rights successfully continues. The latest success in the Czech Republic was the ban on cage breeding, approved by the Czech Parliament in 2020.

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Chicken Run

Tue 10/5/2022
20.30-21.54
Náměstí Dr. E. Beneše

Animation is Fun I

různí / various | 49 min

While some animated fairy-tales are rather serious, scary and educational, others aim to entertain children, make them laugh and provide the relaxation. This programme includes such films, chosen with regard to the festival’s theme of humour in animation and, as is customary for us, quality.

Masters of animated comedy are represented by, for instance, Aardman Animations, makers of Shaun the Sheep and the popular Wallace and Gromit. The films are made using claymation; they play with various film genres and are full of original gags. Humour is definitely present in the Czech (Czechoslovak) fairy-tales included here. An utterly unique phenomenon is shown by the adventures of two clumsy tinkerers Pat and Mat – this programme includes one of the newer episodes. Witty, gentle humour is the trademark of the lesser-known fairy-tale How the Elephant Feared Vaccination, based on a story by Miloš Macourek.

Shaun the Sheep:⁠ Troublesome Tractor 
Director: Mike Mort, United Kingdom, 2007, 7 min
 
How the Elephant Feared Vaccination / Jak se slon bál očkování
Director: Jan Strejček, Jaroslav Možíš, Československo, 1966, 12 min
 
Pat and Mat: Carwash / Pat a Mat: Automyčka
Director: Marek Beneš, Czech Republic, 2019, 7 min
 
Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out
Director: Nick Park, United Kingdom, 1989, 23 min

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Animation is Fun I

Wed 11/5/2022
09.30-10.19
free seats: 24
Cinema City 4

Curiosity & Wonders

56 min

Adventures and exciting new discoveries can be found everywhere. You just have to look!

Enjoy nine fun, colourful animated films brought to you by the interfilm Berlin distribution in cooperation with KUKI Young Short Film Festival Berlin.

From painting with snails to a magical magnifying glass; an enchanting bicycle race through a forest, pen friends in faraway places, crazy umbrellas and funny birds – these films tell of friendship, clever ideas and small challenges in hilarious, inventive and sweet ways. An unforgettable cinema experience – not just for kids!

The Little Bird and Bees / Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen
Director: Lena Von Döhren, Germany, 2020, 5 min
 
Hee Hee Hatty / Czapu Czipu
Directors: Tomasz Glodek, Bogna Sroka-Mucha, Poland, 2014, 5 min
 
Snowflake / Schneeflocke
Director: Natalia Chernysheva, Russia, 2012, 6 min
 
The Magnifying Glass / Die Lupe
Director: Nazgol Emami, Germany, 2017, 11 min
 
Snail the Painter 
Director: Manuela Vladić-Maštruko, Croatia, 2018, 8 min
 
The Green Bird 
Directors: Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc, Quentin Dubois, France, 2017, 7 min
 
Umbrella / Paraplü
Director: Markus Kempken, Germany, 2008, 3 min
 
Nest 
Director: Sonja Rohleder, Germany, 2019, 4 min
 
The Last Day of Autumn / Le dernier jour d’automne
Director: Marjolaine Perreten, Switzerland, France, Belgium, 2019, 7 min

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Curiosity & Wonders

Wed 11/5/2022
09.30-10.26
free seats: 42
North Bohemian Museum

The Great Cheese Conspiracy

Václav Bedřich | Czechoslovakia, West Germany | 1986 | 50 min

Three mice lived in an old cinema. They lived off what they could find and every day they watched films for free. As the cinema often showed classic films such as The Great Train Robbery, the mice were fed up with eating peanuts the cinemagoers dropped and nibbling on the snacks in the projection room. One day Marvin, the tough leader of the mouse gang, said ‘We’ve seen dozens of films where they rob mail cars and safes. We can do better,’even though none of them had ever left the cinema before and they knew the outside world only from the silver screen. Regardless, these three little adventurers began planning the biggest cheese heist of all time. That was the beginning of a great adventure and everything that goes with it – such as Giovanni the cat, living in a cheese shop. In the end, the mice even got involved with the police.
This kind, humorous and thrilling mid-length adaptation of a French book will undoubtedly captivate even grown-ups. The protagonists of the film are brilliantly voiced by Josef Dvořák, Petr Nárožný and Luděk Sobota. Director Václav Bedřich made the film in co-production with West Germany, a feat not accomplished by many productions before the fall of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

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The Great Cheese Conspiracy

Wed 11/5/2022
10.00-10.50
free seats: 150
Kino Varšava

Sat 14/5/2022
16.30-17.20
free seats: 87
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

Ukrainian Animation for Children

40 min

Have you ever wondered what the bridge you are walking across has seen? Or what happens in the forest when you’re staring at the screen of your mobile phone during a walk? Specific poetics, various artistic approaches and allusions to the uneasy reality our heroes often have to face. Just like in the programme’s closing film The War that Changed Rondo, where peaceful beings are attacked by an evil force. But thanks to joint efforts and inventiveness their world, filled with flowers in bloom, is restored. This block of short films with no dialogue, made by young Ukrainian animators, was put together in collaboration with the Linoleum Animation Festival Kyiv.

Cat’n’Bat – Evolution
Director: Sasho Danylenko, 2021, 2 min
 
Her by Herself / Сама собі тут / 
Director: Anna Dudko, 2019, 5 min
 
Forest Song / Лісова Пісня / 
Director: Andrey Naumenko, 2019, 2 min
 
Labyrinth-City / Лабіринт / 
Director: Stepan Koval, Oleksandr Kolodii, 2017, 8 min
 
Promise / Обіцянка / 
Director: Irina Harkavets, 2020 3 min
 
Bridge to the City / Примостився міст до міста /  
Director: Klym Klymchuk, 2021, 4 min
 
The War that Changed Rondo / Війна, що змінила Рондо / 
Director: Olha Havrylova, 2021, 15 min
 
all: Ukraine 

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Ukrainian Animation for Children

Wed 11/5/2022
11.00-11.40
free seats: 62
North Bohemian Museum

Amimation is Fun II

různí / various | 52 min

While some animated fairy-tales are rather serious, scary and educational, others aim to entertain children, make them laugh and provide the relaxation. This programme includes such films, chosen with regard to the festival’s theme of humour in animation and, as is customary for us, quality.

Masters of animated comedy are represented by, for instance, Aardman Animations, makers of Shaun the Sheep and the popular Wallace and Gromit. The films are made using claymation; they play with various film genres and are full of original gags. Humour is definitely present in the Czech (Czechoslovak) fairy-tales included here. An utterly unique phenomenon is shown by the adventures of two clumsy tinkerers Pat and Mat – this programme includes one of the newer episodes. Witty, gentle humour can be found in an episode from the sporadically broadcast series The Kitten from Kocourkov. Jiřina Pěčová, editor of this humorous fairy-tale, is this year’s recipient of Anifilm’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shaun the Sheep: Shaun the Farmer 
Director: Andy Symanowski, United Kingdom, 2007, 7 min
 
The Kitten from Kocourkov: Crazy Kitty Things / Kotě z Kocourkova: Kočičí hlouposti
Director: Libuše Čihařová, Czechoslovakia, 1992, 8 min
 
Pat and Mat: Clogged Chimney / Pat a Mat: Ucpaný komín
Director: Marek Beneš, Czech Republic, 2018, 7 min
 
Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers
Director: Nick Park, United Kingdom, 1993, 29 min

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Amimation is Fun II

Wed 11/5/2022
12.30-13.22
free seats: 207
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

Sat 14/5/2022
11.00-11.52
free seats: 59
North Bohemian Museum

Two Little Frosts

Jiří Trnka | Czechoslovakia | 1954 | 12 min

The only dubbing credit in Vlasta Burian’s career is the portrayal of a little frosty named Rudonoska (Rednose) in Jiří Trnka’s cut-out film Two Little Frosts. The film stars the king of comedy and Burian’s colleague and frequent collaborator, Jan Werich. Thanks to the excellent performances of both actors, Trnka’s original artistic design and the work of his favourite animators Stanislav Látal, Břetislav Pojar, Jan Karpaš and Josef Kluge, the film is an unforgettable spectacle.

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Two Little Frosts

Wed 11/5/2022
12.30-14.20
free seats: 76
North Bohemian Museum

Sun 15/5/2022
13.00-14.50
free seats: 119
Cinema City 4

Once Upon a Time, There Was a King…

Bořivoj Zeman | Czechoslovakia | 1954 | 98 min

Despite the imprints of Communist ideology in the film, the popularity of this timeless fairy tale doesn’t fade. Director Bořivoj Zeman adapted Božena Němcová’s story titled Salt Over Gold in his own way. He worked on the script with Jiří Brdečka (among others), but the resulting film and its message were significantly influenced by the extraordinary performances and situational comedy talent of Jan Werich and Vlasta Burian.
The story is set in a small kingdom ruled by King Myself, First (played by Werich), with his comical advisor named Etcetera (portrayed by Liberec native Burian). Even though the kingdom is small, the King would like to entrust it to someone else and retire. But he has three daughters and it’s not easy to pick one because he loves them all equally. He asks them how much they love him in order to select his successor. When his youngest daughter Maruška answers that she loves him as much as salt, the story takes an unexpected turn. The king is outraged and banishes Maruška. He also bans salt throughout the kingdom and while Maruška takes refuge in the forest, things in the kingdom are getting out of the king’s control.
The film’s graphic design was created by none other than Jiří Trnka and Vladimír Novotný was in charge of its special effects. In addition to Werich and Burian, the film stars many other excellent actors such as Lubomír Lipský and Miloš Kopecký.

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Once Upon a Time, There Was a King…

Wed 11/5/2022
12.30-14.20
free seats: 76
North Bohemian Museum

Sun 15/5/2022
13.00-14.50
free seats: 119
Cinema City 4

Drown Out the World with Laughter

různí / various | 75 min

There are often situations we can’t control in life. The possibilities for an ordinary person to react are limited. Paradoxically, one effective psychological defence is joy. Even in the most terrifying moments, humanity has been able to laugh at its fate and animators have been proving this for decades.

This paradox is most noticeable in anti-war films. During the Second World War, laughter, or perhaps ridicule, was used as a weapon. In the United States, it was Donald Duck who fought against the Nazis, in Prague it was the Springman. A more cunning strategy (i.e. ignoring everything) was used by the heroes of the Cold War in a brilliant piece by the National Film Board.

Military conflicts often trigger migration and it’s often hard to deal with the consequences thereof without losing one’s detached view. But there are naturally many problems that need to be properly ridiculed. Sometimes, you just live in the wrong place (at the end of the world, in the wrong country etc.) or you’re just trying to take a nice picture. In this case, relief from the senselessness of the world, from its small-mindedness and dullness can be provided only by Dadaism from the Pythonesquely subversive Terry Gilliam.

Coming Home
Director: Benjamin Swiczinsky, Austria, 2019, 4 min

Der Fuehrer’s Face 
Director: Jack Kinney, Ben Sharpsteen, United States, 1943, 8
min

The English Teecher
Director: Andy London, United States, 2018, 19 min

At the Ends of the Earth / Au bout du monde
Director: Konstantin Bronzit, France, 1999, 8 min
 
Sefies 
Director: Claudius Gentinetta, Switzerland, 2018, 4 min

The Big Snit 
Director: Richard Condie, Canada, 1985, 10 min
Storytime 
Director: Terry Gilliam, United Kingdom, 1968, 8 min

Springman and the SS / Pérak a SS
Directors: Jiří Trnka, Jiří Brdečka, Czechoslovakia, 1946, 13 min

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Drown Out the World with Laughter

Wed 11/5/2022
15.00-16.15
free seats: 165
Kino Varšava

Sat 14/5/2022
14.00-15.15
free seats: 42
North Bohemian Museum

Eastern Promises: Ukraine

64 min

Eastern Promises is a new section of Anifilm, mapping the remarkable work created on Europe’s eastern borders. For obvious reasons, this year’s first stop explores Ukrainian animation. In the last seven years or so, Ukrainian filmmakers have started to appear increasingly often in the selections of prestigious festivals. They are also successful online as in addition to films, they often focus on gif art, jingles, music videos etc.

One of the most prominent representatives of this trend is our juror, Stas Santimov. This programme includes every music video and film he has ever made. When compared to others from the new generation of Ukrainian animators, his vision is probably the darkest, underscored by his passion for morbid and macabre sceneries. When his nightmares come to life, there’s naturally not much space for light colours and shades. But they have a place in the work of most of his peers, such as Oksana Kurmat and Mykyta Lyskov. Thanks to his masterpiece Deep Love, which has gained a new life in recent months thanks to its clear political undertones, he has become the standard bearer of new Ukrainian animation. One important figure, who has based her style on striking colours and wacky character stylisation, is US-based Nata Metlukh. She revels in bizarre and absurd situations distortedly reflecting our society. The biggest festivals have been screening her films for years (two of her films are competing in this year’s Anifilm competition). Anna Dudko, meanwhile, inclines to the use of nature motifs. Her older film and several films by other Ukrainian authors are included in our block for children. Slava Ukraini!

Bullets (The Preschool Poets project)
Directors: Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, United States, 2018, 1 min
 
Eluvium: Regenerative Being
Director: Stas Santimov, Ukraine, 2018, 7 min
 
Pura Vida
Director: Nata Metlukh, Estonia, 2018, 10 min
 
Elohim: Connect
Director: Oksana Kurmaz, Ukraine, United States, 2018, 3 min
 
The Collector
Director: Stas Santimov, Ukraine, 2014, 1 min 
 
Paper or Plastic
Director: Nata Metlukh, United States, 2019, 9 min
 
DK: Youth Club
Director: Stas Santimov, Ukraine, 2013, 2 min
 
Deep Water / Глибока вода / 
Director:  Anna Dudko, Ukraine, 2020, 6 min
 
Becoming Human
Director: Oksana Kurmaz, Ukrajina / Ukraine, 2020, 1 min
 
Techno #1
Director: Mykyta Lyskov, Ukraine, 2020, 4 min
 
The Surrogate
Director: Stas Santimov, Ukraine, 2020, 6 min
 
Deep Love / Кохання / 
Director: Mykyta Lyskov, Ukraine, 2019, 14 min

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Eastern Promises: Ukraine

Wed 11/5/2022
15.30-16.34
free seats: 69
North Bohemian Museum

Sat 14/5/2022
14.00-15.04
free seats: 147
Kino Varšava

In the Night Kitchen

Gene Deitch | United States | 1987 | 8 min

Czech viewers haven’t had many chances to see this imaginative and not very well-known work by the legendary Gene Deitch. In this surreal film, a sleeping little boy finds himself in a night kitchen with cooks waiting for him. Anything can happen and anyone can become a roast in the dream realm…

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In the Night Kitchen

Wed 11/5/2022
17.00-18.13
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Sun 15/5/2022
10.00-11.13
free seats: 177
Kino Varšava

Four Loves

Czech Republic | 2003 | 6 min

After seeing this short but educational film, women will find out that love is an emotion that men feel their entire lives, and men will see for themselves that it’s possible to love someone from cradle to grave. As is customary for him, Pavel Koutský used grotesque exaggeration and abbreviation. He also included the animation of real objects.

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Four Loves

Wed 11/5/2022
17.00-18.13
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Sun 15/5/2022
10.00-11.13
free seats: 177
Kino Varšava

Long Live the Little Mouse

Pavel Koutský | Czech Republic | 1993 | 6 min

The slapstick comedy Long Live the Little Mouse, combining hand-drawn animation with live action, is one of Pavel Koutský’s earlier works. He portrays the age-old rivalry between cat and mouse in his typical original style. In this case it means that the film is a humorous parable of human hypocrisy.

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Long Live the Little Mouse

Wed 11/5/2022
17.00-18.13
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Sun 15/5/2022
10.00-11.13
free seats: 177
Kino Varšava

Václav Blín | Czech Republic | 2002 | 3 min

This rather furious but all the more humorous collage-style music video was made by Václav Blín. Guests gather at a country wedding and, holding a beer in one hand and a blood sausage in the other, they dive right into a brass-band-rhythmised whirlwind of wild fun lasting until the morning dew.

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Wed 11/5/2022
17.00-18.13
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Sun 15/5/2022
10.00-11.13
free seats: 177
Kino Varšava

Lucie Štamfestová | Czech Republic | 2004 | 8 min

The graduate film of Lucie Štamfestová, former student of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. A disturbing and gloomy story about the fact that everything has a price. The director and animator later worked on other authorial projects, series and book illustrations.

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Wed 11/5/2022
17.00-18.13
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Sun 15/5/2022
10.00-11.13
free seats: 177
Kino Varšava

Hypnagogia

Magdalena Hejzlarová | Czech Republic | 2017 | 5 min

Hypnagogia is an original experiment that combines abstract scenes with techniques of traditional ani-docs. The film depicts the state of falling asleep and describes and illustrates the visual sensory phenomena that are experienced when crossing the borders of sleep in its own poetic and documentary-style way.

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Hypnagogia

Wed 11/5/2022
17.00-18.13
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Sun 15/5/2022
10.00-11.13
free seats: 177
Kino Varšava

Patrick

Gene Deitch | United Kingdom | 1973 | 7 min

Not interested in anything, Patrick roams through a marketplace until a junk dealer offers him a violin. When Patrick begins to play, magical and fantastic things start to happen. Another of Gene Deitch’s lesser-known films, on which Jiřina Pěčová worked as editor. The film is an adaptation of a children’s book of the same name by Quentin Blake.

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Patrick

Wed 11/5/2022
17.00-18.13
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Sun 15/5/2022
10.00-11.13
free seats: 177
Kino Varšava

Looney Tunes: Variations & Influences

různí / various | United States | 83 min

Bugs Bunny was partly inspired by a rabbit from Disney’s The Tortoise and the Hare, because all Hollywood cartoons were influenced by Disney. But when Bugs appears in a cartoon based on the same fable, it is more cynical and violent than Disney ever was.

Directors at Warner Bros. had more influence over their cartoons than Disney allowed. Bob Clampett’s A Gruesome Twosome and Friz Freleng’s Putty Tat Trouble created very different cartoons with the same writer, Warren Foster, and the same story of two cats trying to catch Tweety.

Other studios tried to copy Looney Tunes. Voice actor Mel Blanc and director Frank Tashlin made one of the best imitations, The Fox and the Grapes, whose story of repeated failure was itself copied by Warner Bros. in the Road Runner series.

Even United Productions of America, which made Warner Bros. look old-fashioned with ambitious films like Rooty Toot Toot, was influenced by the stylised movement and period flavour of Chuck Jones’s The Dover Boys.

Finally, three different approaches to Daffy Duck: An antagonist in You Ought to Be in Pictures, a World War II hero in Plane Daffy, and in Duck Amuck, a cinema everyman tormented by his creator.

The Tortoise and the Hare 
Director: Wilfred Jackson, 1934, 8 min
 
Tortoise Wins by a Hare 
Director: Bob Clampett, 1943, 8 min
 
A Gruesome Twosome
Director: Bob Clampett, 1945, 7 min

Putty Tat Trouble
Director: Friz Freleng, 1951, 7 min

The Fox and the Grapes 
Director: Frank Tashlin, 1941, 7 min

Fast and Furry-ous
Director: Chuck Jones, 1949, 7 min

The Dover Boys at Pimento University
Director: Chuck Jones, 1942, 9 min

Rooty Toot Toot 
Director: John Hubley, 1951, 7 min 

You Ought to Be in Pictures
Director: Friz Freleng, 1940, 9 min

Plane Daffy 
Director: Frank Tashlin, 1944, 7 min

Duck Amuck
Director: Chuck Jones, 1953, 7 min

all: United States

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Looney Tunes: Variations & Influences

Wed 11/5/2022
19.00-20.23
free seats: 159
Kino Varšava

Fri 13/5/2022
15.00-16.23
free seats: 97
Cinema City 4

Fairy-Tale Parodies

různí / various | 65 min

Fairy-tales are excellent source material for parodies in every art form. Not even animated films, which automatically equal fairy-tales in the eyes of many, could miss out on the opportunity to revise fairy-tale motifs. It’s actually an immensely popular pastime enjoyed by new as well as established directors. The first example in our programme is from the 1930s and fairy-tales still weren’t spared.

They’re full of allegories and many serious analyses try to interpret them. They often invite filmmakers to desecrate them. Subliminal, brutal and often sexual motifs hidden in fairy-tales provoke filmmakers, who – in a spirit of postmodernism – use these very motifs in their reinterpretations. Sometimes, with notorious stories, they just increase the pace, other times they play with colours and Little Red Riding Hood becomes a murderous monster or at least a karate master. How would fairy-tale characters end up if they grew old? Not even this is taboo for animators. As we’re in animation and the magical world of fairy-tales, black humour can always get blacker.

The fount of material to be ridiculed will not dry up as there are still plenty of ‘serious’ animated fairy-tales and animators from ‘the other side’ are already sharpening their teeth. One thing is for sure – it won't be pretty. A fairy-tale can turn into horror with a wave of a magic wand.

Fast Forward Little Red Riding Hood 
Director: Sjaak Rood, Netherlands, 2010, 2 min

Betty Boop in Snow-White 
Director: Dave Fleischer, United States, 1933, 7 min

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty 
Director: Nicky Phelan, Ireland, 2008, 6 min

Little Red Riding Hood / O Červené karkulce
Director: Martina Holcová, Czech Republic, 2017, 5 min

Rapunzel 
Director: Jay Silver, Canada, 2004, 1 min

Little Black Riding Hood / Czarny Kapturek
Director: Piotr Dumała, Poland, 1983, 5 min

Sleeping Betty 
Director: Claude Cloutier, Canada, 2007, 9 min

Bloody Fairy Tales / Krvavé pohádky
Director: Tereza Kovandová, Czech Republic, 2018, 8 min

Red Hot Riding Hood 
Director: Tex Avery, Spojené státy / United States, 1943, 7 min

The Apple Core / Le Trognon de Pomme / 
Director: Mathilde Remy, Belgium, 2015, 6 min
 
3 Misses 
Director: Paul Driessen, Netherlands, 1998, 11 min 

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Fairy-Tale Parodies

Wed 11/5/2022
20.00-21.05
free seats: 66
North Bohemian Museum

Fri 13/5/2022
17.00-18.05
free seats: 130
TUL - Aula G

Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires

Mike Mort | United Kingdom | 2018 | 89 min | EN

Forget Chuck Norris, here comes Chuck Steel! The best cop to ever walk the goddamned planet! Chuck Steel is a fearless, no-nonsense hero taken right from 1980s B-movies and series (and C-movies, or any other letter of the alphabet, for that matter). Chuck has everything that a proper ‘80s cop needs – big muscles, a big mouth, big guns (lots of them), an uncompromising attitude and major trauma. A year ago, he lost his wife. But like his boss says: ‘1985 is over, this is 1986!’ And in 1986, there’s no time for sentimentality. Chuck and his constantly dying partners have to get to the root of something very strange. The city is swarming with peculiar deaths and injuries. The hospital, for instance, accepts a woman slowly turning into a revolting creature of the night – something between a boozer and a vampire. Although the danger of vampires decimating the drunken population of the city seems at first to be the utter poppycock of an ancient geezer – a monster hunter – Chuck is eventually forced to admit that something strange is going on. Will he manage to save the world from the legacy of Transylvanian vampires who have been pushed to the edge of the society, hoping for a triumphant return to power led by their master? Or will he end up sucked dry, like a cheap wine box? This wild ride will chew up every film cliché and scheme and please viewers with an obvious passion for film oddities.

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Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires

Wed 11/5/2022
20.30-21.59
free seats: 138
Malé Theatre

Sat 14/5/2022
23.30-00.59
free seats: 130
Kino Varšava

Sing 2

Garth Jennings | United States | 2021 | 110 min | ZDARMA / Free Entry

Anyone who wants to make it in show business must perform in Redshore City, the entertainment capital. But the city is controlled by a ruthless wolf named Jimmy Crystal and without his permission, you can’t even open your mouth in the city, let alone sing. Although the koala Buster Moon puts together a team of star singers (the porcupine punk rocker Ash, the timid elephant Meena, the sensitive gorilla John and the cheeky pig Gunter), it’s almost certain that an audition with Jimmy Crystal will end in total disaster. Buster takes a huge risk (something that worked for him repeatedly in the first film) and promises the bored Crystal that if he lets them perform a show in his city, Buster will cast the biggest music legend alive, the lion Clay Calloway. The trouble is that Calloway retired years ago and refuses to perform, and most likely, the last person who could convince him to do so is an annoying koala. But Buster believes that every dream comes at a price and is willing to do whatever it takes for his dreams to come true.

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Sing 2

Wed 11/5/2022
21.00-22.50
Náměstí Dr. E. Beneše

Jiřina Pěčová for Children

různí / various | Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic | 51 min

Throughout her career, editor Jiřina Pěčová, the recipient of this year’s Anifilm Lifetime Achievement Award, has focused primarily on animated films for children. She has worked on many popular classic Czech (and Czechoslovak) Bedtime Stories. This programme presents a selection of several episodes of various Bedtime Stories complemented by the short film Kitchen Tales. You will find out how the Top-Hat Rabbits skate, how Firefly was born, how Amelia the Forest Sprite reversed a brook and how Sophie became a zoo manager.

Kitchen Tales is a short puppet film made by Vojtěch Domlátil, a graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. In this original fairy-tale the kitchen of a forgetful grandma comes to life. Saltshaker, Sugarbowl and the rest are set to fix what she’s accidentally forgotten while the sulky rapper Tartar hides in the fridge.

Bob and Bobby: Skating / Bob a Bobek: ⁠Na bruslích 
Director: Václav Bedřich, Czechoslovakia, 1979, 7 min
 
Fireflies: Firefly Is Born / Broučci:⁠ Narodil se brouček 
Director: Vlasta Pospíšilová, Czech Republic, 1995, 8 min
 
Stories of Amelia the Forest Sprite: How She Reversed a Brook / Říkání o víle Amálce:⁠ Jak obrátila potok
Director: Václav Bedřich, Czechoslovakia, 1975, 7 min
 
The Kitten from Kocourkov: How the Bear Cooked Plum Jam / Kotě z kocourkova:⁠ Jak medvěd vařil povidla
Director: Libuše Čihařová, Czechoslovakia, 1992, 7 min
 
Snowman Hugo: Downhill / Hugo z hor:⁠ Sešup 
Director: Miroslav Kačena, Czechoslovakia, 1987, 8 min
 
Sophie and Her Adventures: Sophie, the Zoo Manager / Žofka a její dobrodružství:⁠ Jak se Žofka stala ředitelkou zoo
Directors: Adolf Born, Jaroslav Doubrava, Miloš Macourek, Czechoslovakia, 1988, 7 min
 
Kitchen Tales / Kuchyňské pohádky 
Director: Vojtěch Domlátil, Czech Republic, 2013, 7 min 

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Jiřina Pěčová for Children

Thu 12/5/2022
08.30-09.21
free seats: 169
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

Sun 15/5/2022
09.00-09.51
free seats: 124
Cinema City 4

Adventures of Mischievous Animals

různí / various | 40 min

The programme titled Adventures of Mischievous Animals includes a popular Finnish series that has been broadcast by Czech Television, so children may have already seen it. The programme is intended for the youngest children; the stories are humorous, simple and have no dialogue.

Pikkuli is a playful series that stars a small, carefree bird. His stories need no words and are presented in rich colours in a way even the smallest children understand. The series is based on books for children by the same authors.

Directors: Metsämarja & Antti Aittokoski, Finland, 2015 

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Adventures of Mischievous Animals

Thu 12/5/2022
10.30-11.10
free seats: 0
North Bohemian Museum

Shrek

Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson | United States | 2001 | 90 min

It’s been more than 20 years since the phenomenal film Shrek stormed cinemas and, with the dauntlessness of an ogre, began blazing the trail for other 3D computer-animated films. This method soon prevailed in the sphere of animated blockbusters and the world has been seeing more and more of them ever since. The trend was present even before Shrek, but the unprecedented success of this family comedy asserted the dominance of 3D features and played a historic role. Technology has advanced significantly since then, so experts and fans of 3D animation may find Shrek a bit obsolete in this regard. Its original story with specific humour, however, hasn’t lost its charm and still makes Shrek a modern and timeless fairy-tale.
Together with his friend, the blabby Donkey, the film’s protagonist Shrek, a reclusive green monster living in a humble abode in a swamp, searches for Princess Fiona. The ogre, however, isn’t interested in the princess herself – at least not from the very beginning. In return for saving her, Shrek wants to get his beloved swamp back from Lord Farquaad. 
The film treats classic fairy-tale stereotypes in a very original manner. The princess is beautiful, but also wild and daring, her saviour Shrek is miles away from being a typical prince (he even seems to be an anti-hero), the kingdom is ruled by a shrimpy lord. This iconic film about the importance of accepting your true self is full of parodic and ironic elements. The original voice cast includes Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.

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Shrek

Thu 12/5/2022
11.00-12.30
free seats: 137
Malé Theatre

There’s Nothing You Can Do

různí / various | 70 min

Whether the protagonists are people, birds, scorpions, little kitties, polar bears or Bambi, this block of short films will show you that the number of limbs is of no consequence. We all share something that we humans often forget and that usually manifests itself in the most absurd situations possible. These can include a calm session on an electric line disrupted by a guileless bird flying by in the Oscar-winning film For the Birds or moments of desperation when one is trying to quit smoking according to instructions by Bill Plympton. Also birthday celebrations, just like Bob’s celebration in the classic film by Alison Snowden and David Fine, or receiving a gift in the form of an adorable kitten capable of driving the recipient crazy. Even the improbable friendship between Boston and Chester by Grant Kolton counts, just like a clash with the ‘success at all costs’ culture in Marion Ichard’s tile shop. The pressing presence of what we share can also be felt in telephone conversations by Thomas Kneffel and the everydayness of Yes-People from Iceland. The inhabitants of a British zoo (voiced by real people describing their homes) interviewed in Aardman Animations’ brilliant mockumentary also know what it’s about. If you still don’t know what we’re talking about, perhaps you’ll find a clue in Bambi Meets Godzilla or in an account of a wedding by Joanna Quinn. Still in the dark? We’re talking about… life. You probably expected something more, right? Tough luck. There’s nothing you can do.

For the Birds
Director: Ralph Eggleston, United States, 2000, 3 min
 
25 Ways to Quit Smoking
Director: Bill Plympton, United States, 1989, 5 min
 
By the Name of Boston
Director: Grant Kolton, United States, 2015, 2 min
 
Yes-People
Director: Gísli Darri Halldórsson, Iceland, 2019, 9 min
 
Bob’s Birthday
Directors: Alison Snowden, David Fine, Canada, United Kingdom, 1993, 12 min
 
Bambi Meets Godzilla
Director: Marv Newland, United States, 1969, 2 min
 
Rrring Rrring!
Director: Thomas Kneffel, Germany, 2015, 6 min
 
Creature Comforts
Director: Nick Park, United Kingdom, 1989, 5 min
 
Cat Came Back
Director: Cordell Barker, Canada, 1988, 7 min
 
Pumped Up
Director: Marion Ichard, France, 2017, 4 min
 
Gelbart: March of the Thinking Machines
Director: Adi Gelbart, Germany, 2019, 4 min
 
Dreams and Desires: Family Ties
Director: Joanna Quinn, United Kingdom, 2006, 10 min
 

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There’s Nothing You Can Do

Thu 12/5/2022
14.00-15.10
free seats: 154
Malé Theatre

Sat 14/5/2022
17.30-18.40
free seats: 47
North Bohemian Museum

Ilja Novák, the Rebel from Ostrava

Ilja Novák | Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic | 56 min

The most prominent personality of Studio Prometheus, the Ostrava branch of Krátký Film Studio, was graphic artist and director Ilja Novák. This year’s festival theme of Animation & Humour represents an ideal opportunity to screen his films. Almost all of them aim to make the viewers laugh. But, as is typical for Czech animation, they’re not straightforward slapstick. In addition to using ubiquitous irony, Novák’s films move along two often intersecting lines. The first represents black humour, as we can see in Merry Christmas, or Charlie’s Winter Adventure. The second represents satire, very concrete and biting for its time. Perfect examples are His Excellency and What is Your Opinion, Baron?, a film which was heavily censored. In addition to harsh criticism, Novák’s films stand out from the rest of domestic production thanks to their artistic expression. Although very different in stylisation, in some moments Novák’s films are reminiscent of animation used by Igor Ševčík and Pavel Koutský. Novák doesn’t work in one layer, but his movements and editing using image transformations are typical for total animation. To re-introduce the slightly forgotten work of the Ostrava native, we will screen Kanga, Roo and Dingo the Dog and a wacky series ignored by television channels, Lux and Delux.

The Aggressors / Naštvávači
Czechoslovakia, 1980, 8 min
 
What Is Your Opinion, Baron? / Co vy na to, pane barone?
Czechoslovakia, 1984, 7 min
 
Merry Christmas, or Charlie’s Winter Adventure / Veselé Vánoce aneb Karlíkovo zimní dobrodružství 
Czechoslovakia, 1982, 10 min
 
The Robinsons / Robinsoni
Czechoslovakia, 1986, 10 min
 
 Virtuoso / Virtuóz
Czechoslovakia, 1983, 7 min
 
His Excellency / Jeho excelence 
Czechoslovakia, 1985, 10 min
 
Kanga, Roo and Dingo the Dog: How Roo Caught a Butterfly / Klok, Kloček a pes Dingo:⁠ Jak chytal Kloček motýla 
Czech Republic, 1995, 6 min
 
all: Director: Ilja Novák

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Ilja Novák, the Rebel from Ostrava

Thu 12/5/2022
17.30-18.26
free seats: 72
North Bohemian Museum

Sun 15/5/2022
15.00-15.56
free seats: 74
North Bohemian Museum

Looney Tunes: Departments

různí / various | United States | 71 min

Each cartoon in this programme highlights an aspect of animated filmmaking. But first, Porky’s Preview shows what cartoons would be like with an amateur in charge of all departments.

Director Friz Freleng, a master of animation timing, gets laughs in Little Red Riding Rabbit just by having Bugs Bunny open doors in synchronisation with music. Music is even more important in Mouse-Warming, where Carl Stalling’s song quotations convey the emotions of silent characters.

Frank Tashlin shows off his mastery of camera angles in Porky Pig’s Feat, and in Claws for Alarm, backgrounds designed by Maurice Noble enhance comedy and horror.

In Draftee Daffy, notice how different Daffy looks and moves depending on which animator is drawing him. Russian Rhapsody showcases character design, with dozens of unique gremlins based on the Warner Bros. studio staff, and the avant-garde Now Hear This is a showcase for sound designer Treg Brown.

Tedd Pierce shows in High Diving Hare that a writer can spin endless variations on the same basic joke. Last but not least, voice actor Mel Blanc voices four completely distinct characters in the very first Foghorn Leghorn cartoon.

Prologue: Porky’s Preview 
Director: Tex Avery, 1941, 7 min 
Content warning: A caricature of blackface performer Al Jolson.

Timing: Little Red Riding Rabbit
Director: Friz Freleng, 1944, 7 min

Music: Mouse-Warming
Director: Chuck Jones, 1952, 7 min 

Mise-en-scène: Porky Pig’s Feat 
Director: Frank Tashlin, 1943, 8 min

Layouts & Backgrounds: Claws for Alarm 
Director: Chuck Jones, 1954, 7 min

Animation: Draftee Daffy 
Director: Bob Clampett, 1945, 7 min 

Character Design: Russian Rhapsody
Director: Bob Clampett, 1944, 7 min

Sound Effects: Now Hear This
Director: Chuck Jones, 1963, 7 min

Writing: High Diving Hare
Director: Friz Freleng, 1949, 7 min
Content warning: Bugs imitates a stereotypical
Hollywood Native American.

Voices: Walky Talky Hawky
Director: Robert McKimson, 1946, 7 min 
 
all: United States
 

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Looney Tunes: Departments

Thu 12/5/2022
18.00-19.11
free seats: 146
Malé Theatre

Sun 15/5/2022
13.00-14.11
free seats: 162
Kino Varšava

I Married a Strange Person!

Bill Plympton | United States | 1997 | 75 min

Although I Married a Strange Person! is one of Bill Plympton’s early films, it bears his trademark artistic and narration style. As in most of his later films, Plympton focuses on the relationship and sexual tension between a man and a woman and the bizarre situations in everyday life. It is a laborious and ambitious project which the author, as is his custom, carried out with attention to the strangest details and subversive humour using specific, lively and superbly shaded drawing. 
It’s a heartwarming story of a newlywed couple on their wedding night. Grant, the husband, starts experiencing strange, supernatural powers and Kerry, his wife, can’t cope. Whenever Grant thinks of something, it becomes reality, yet he doesn’t know where these magical powers come from. Once again Bill Plympton single-handedly drew and financed an animated feature extravaganza – only this time for adults and the politically incorrect.

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I Married a Strange Person!

Thu 12/5/2022
19.30-20.45
free seats: 156
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Trey Parker | United States | 1999 | 78 min

Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Stan, a beloved and condemned group of boys from an elementary school in a small redneck town in America, have a problem. They want to see the latest film by their favourite Canadian comedians Terrance and Phillip, but the film is R-rated. But that’s actually not the problem, as they do manage to see it. The problem is that the film teaches them the most vulgar swearwords the inhabitants of South Park can imagine. And children can’t be permitted to swear! American parents are outraged and a war breaks out between the US and Canada. The boys set out on a rescue mission. But freeing Terrance and Phillip from captivity won’t be easy. The boys must face their bigoted parents (led by the Mothers Against Canada movement, formed by Kyle’s mum), but Satan also gets a word in, as he sees the international conflict as a fulfilled prophecy of the Apocalypse and an opportunity to seize power over the world. But to his misfortune, he gets together with the constantly horny Saddam Hussein, so it won’t be easy for him either. As is customary, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut offends everyone and even ridicules itself. But it makes no bones about various social issues of (more than) American society and almost paradoxically ends with a (hopefully serious!) message of love and respect. Oh, and they kill Kenny. Bastards. 

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Thu 12/5/2022
19.30-20.48
free seats: 160
TUL - Aula G

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

Midnight Animation: Midnight Humour

68 min

Midnight films frequently offer various kinds of humour. No wonder. Humour, although perhaps a little twisted, is an inseparable part of films for shock-proof audiences. Putting aside pure horrors, humour is present in all midnight shorts and is often extreme, properly wacky and duly racy.

You will not be spared when you watch this programme. We begin with a quirky debut by the phenomenal destructor of 3D, David O’Reilly. A get-together by the fire will quickly turn morbid in Timber. Matouš Valchář and his puppet Xmas Story about Saleswoman will introduce some unrefined punk style. You can enjoy disgusting absurdities in Ice Cream, The Tongueling and BAKA!! rivalling the frantically loony films Hot Dog Hands and Roommates. Czech authors are represented in the programme by the parody Hurray for the Princess!!!, a series of morbid situations in Chrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and the iconic horror parody Bloody Merry Christmas.

RGB XYZ
Director: David O’Reilly,Ireland, 2007, 13 min
 
Timber
Director: Nils Hedinger, Switzerland, 2014, 6 min
 
Xmas Story about Saleswoman / Příběh vánoční o prodavačce 
Director: Matouš Valchář, Czech Republic 2018, 2 min 
 
Roommates
Director: Jamie Wolfe, United States, 2016, 4 min
 
Ice Cream
Director: Lena Ólafsdóttir, Denmark, 2016, 4 min
 
BAKA!!
Director: Immanuel Wagner, Switzerland, 2010, 8 min
 
Hot Dog Hands
Director: Matt Reynolds, United States, 2016, 7 min
 
Hurray for the Princess!!! / Hurrrááá na princeznu
Director: Jan Bubeníček, Czech Republic, 1997, 4 min
 
The Tongueling
Director: Elli Vuorinen, Finland, 2010, 4 min
 
Chrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Director: Jaromír Plachý, Czech Republic, 2014, 4 min
 
Bloody Merry Christmas
Director: Jan Cechl, Czech Republic, 2007, 12 min

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Midnight Animation: Midnight Humour

Thu 12/5/2022
23.30-00.38
free seats: 78
Kino Varšava

Mimi and Lisa – The Garden

Katarína Kerekesová, Ivana Šebestová | Slovakia, Czech Republic | 2022 | 65 min

A new feature film with the popular Slovak animated characters! The film, with a clear environmental message, starring Lisa and the blind Mimi has only recently entered distribution.
Mimi and Lisa are best friends. One of them is blind, but that doesn’t affect their friendship in any way; on the contrary. They teach each other generosity, tolerance and openness. A yellow container appears in their yard and the neighbours soon start filling it with old and broken things. Lisa is curious about what Mimi will throw out and is surprised when her friend doesn’t get rid of anything. For Mimi, all old things represent fixed points and little certainties in the dark. Behind the container, the girls discover a secret door leading to the beautiful garden of the miraculous Magic Maker. However, this idyllic world is disrupted when all the things thrown away in the container form a giant monster that starts ravaging the garden. It even swallows the Magic Maker whole!
Mimi and Lisa decide to save the garden and the Magic Maker. The girls find out that even material things have to be approached with love and respect and that every object has its purpose. The film has a clear message: it’s time to realise one’s responsibility towards the world and start to actively reshape it.

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Mimi and Lisa – The Garden

Fri 13/5/2022
08.30-09.35
free seats: 109
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

Even Mice Belong in Heaven

Denisa Grimmová, Jan Bubeníček | Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovakia | 2021 | 87 min | UK | EN sub

The story behind the film Even Mice Belong in Heaven began in 2010 when director and graphic artist Denisa Grimmová came up with the idea to adapt Iva Procházková’s successful book into a puppet film. Its originality lies, among other things, in its approach to death, which the author can present to children with ease and playfulness.

The creative team approached the book with great ambitions, screenwriters added plotlines and characters and this Czech production became a co-production between four countries. After almost ten years of preparation, development, filming and post-production, viewers can look forward to a thrilling adventure set predominantly in the afterlife. Two animals, considered by their close friends to be weirdoes and outsiders, Quickfeet the mouse and Whitebelly the fox, have an accident and run into each other in animal heaven. Despite being arch-enemies in life, together they set out on a journey to overcome old sorrows, find a new beginning and develop an eternal friendship. The film offers not only an original story full of intense emotions but also an unforgettable spectacle enhanced by the puppet design, decorations, setting and meticulous animation.

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Even Mice Belong in Heaven

Fri 13/5/2022
10.30-11.57
free seats: 106
Kino Varšava

Superhero Adventures

různí / various | 52 min

In addition to the programme block The Adventures of Mischievous Animals put together for younger children, Anifilm has created a block for older children composed of foreign adventurous series with action heroes or perhaps even superheroes. These series are modern and progressive, and Czech Television has recently started broadcasting them. The graphic artist of the quirky French series Sardine in Outer Space is the renowned comics artist Joann Sfar. The series is an adaptation of his comics (previously, his successful comic books The Rabi’s Cat and Little Vampire were adapted into feature films). The block also includes single episodes from the action-packed, thrilling and artistically inventive series The Minimighty Kids and Moka’s Fabulous Adventures. The first one teaches you how to love yourself and the second recounts the adventures of a crocodile prince, the future ruler of the savannah.

Sardine in Outer Space: Atomic Pizza
Director: David Garcia, France, 2019, 12 min
© 2019 Toon Factory – Studio Redfrog
 
The Minimighty Kids: Superstardancer
Director: Norman J. LeBlanc, France, 2017, 8 min
© MMXVII Futurikon – Studio Redfrog. All rights reserved.
 
Moka’s Fabulous Adventures: Kushka and the Warrior Lionesses
Director: Andrès Fernandez, France, 2018, 8 min
 
Sardine in Outer Space: Sardine to the Future
Director: David Garcia, France, 2019, 12 min
© 2019 Toon Factory – Studio Redfrog
 

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Superhero Adventures

Fri 13/5/2022
11.00-11.52
free seats: 0
North Bohemian Museum

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

Shuma

Lucija Mrzljak | Estonia | 2016 | 7 min

With Shuma (along with Corner), Lucija Mrzljak successfully finished her animation studies in Tallinn. After studying in Zagreb, Krakow and Prague, Lucija ‘found herself’ in contemporary Estonian animation style. She inherited her sense of the specifically absurd Estonian humour from her teachers, Priit and Olga Pärn.

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Shuma

Fri 13/5/2022
19.00-19.44
free seats: 154
Kino Varšava

Corner

Lucija Mrzljak | Estonia | 2016 | 3 min

This visually minimalistic short film in the best tradition of Estonian humour deals with the hardships of life in a corner where two angles meet. Existence seems very hard here – the laws of perspective and gravity play strange games so the whole image becomes geometrically relative and the characters lose their ground.

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Corner

Fri 13/5/2022
19.00-19.44
free seats: 154
Kino Varšava

A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts

Morten Tšinakov, Lucija Mrzljak | Estonia | 2018 | 16 min

People are waiting for someone special. Someone special is born – a grown-up man in a suit. They follow the man and cheer his theatrical but utterly pointless performances. In the middle of one performance he makes a mistake and the people who have so far adored him, leave. Left alone, he meets a woman who is made for him. The theatrical performances continue.

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A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts

Fri 13/5/2022
19.00-19.44
free seats: 154
Kino Varšava

Glen Hansard: The Closing Door

Lucija Mrzljak | Estonia | 2019 | 5 min

The Closing Door is a visually attractive music video for the song of a popular Irish singer that takes you on a mysterious journey with the simple movements of a brush and black ink. Its author uses a black-and-white style and frames the music video with abstract sequences.

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Glen Hansard: The Closing Door

Fri 13/5/2022
19.00-19.44
free seats: 154
Kino Varšava

The Stork

Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov | Estonia | 2020 | 16 min

Lucija Mrzljak eventually settled in Tallinn, where she now works in the famous Eesti Joonisfilm studio. Inspired by the Estonian weakness for absurd situations and hard-to-grasp phenomena, which entirely organically become parts of the heroes’ everyday lives, and drawing with simple lines, she has made a captivating film about relationships and the longing for freedom.

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The Stork

Fri 13/5/2022
19.00-19.44
free seats: 154
Kino Varšava

Frank & Wendy

Kaspar Jancis, Ülo Pikkov, Priit Tender | Estonia | 2005 | 75 min

Leaving out Estonian animation when celebrating humour in animation would be strange, to say the least. Thanks to its peculiar humour, the work of Priit Pärn and his students has become a worldwide phenomenon. In the golden age of Estonian animation, the project Frank & Wendy became a symbol of generational kinship. Pärn’s script was adapted by representatives of the new generation – Kaspar Jancis, Ülo Pikkov and Priit Tender – into seven episodes which were later joined together into a feature film. A film which would, in this day and age, be seen as radical, grotesque and surreal, with humour that is not for everyone. 
Two American secret agents – Frank and Wendy – are sent to the world’s hotbed of danger, known as Estonia. Frank and Wendy, for whom saving the world is just another day in the office, have sharp minds and excel in everything they do. It appears that nothing can prevent their ultimate victory. It doesn’t matter if they face wild challenges such as an army of Nazi gnomes, Communist seals, or even worse, real politicians.

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Frank & Wendy

Fri 13/5/2022
19.00-20.15
free seats: 143
TUL - Aula G

Your Face

Bill Plympton | United States | 1987 | 3 min

One of Plympton’s early successes, Your Face is based on unbelievable metamorphoses of the human face. The director utilised the medium of animation (and the possibilities of hand drawing) to the fullest. This inventive and ruthlessly satirical pun with superb animation was nominated for an Oscar in 1988.

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Your Face

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

25 Ways to Quit Smoking

Bill Plympton | United States | 1989 | 5 min

No smoker should miss another of Plympton’s early successes, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking. However, non-smoking viewers might be entertained even more. Using his specific style and unscrupulous methods, he offers the most absurd ways to quit smoking, which are possible only in animated films.

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25 Ways to Quit Smoking

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Guard Dog

Bill Plympton | United States | 2004 | 5 min

In addition to interpersonal relationships, Plympton’s animated films often focus on man’s best friend – the dog. In his rendition, though, these pets often don’t look or act like dogs anymore. Despite this, his first 'wacky' dog film, Guard Dog, was nominated for an Oscar.

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Guard Dog

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Guide Dog

Bill Plympton | United States | 2006 | 6 min

Plympton followed up on the success of his first dog film with a similar film. This one is called Guide Dog, and is once again full of irony. A slobbering, chunky dog resembling a pig applies for a job as a guide dog. He doesn’t seem suited for it, however.

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Guide Dog

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Hot Dog

Bill Plympton | United States | 2008 | 6 min

In this film, our luckless canine (anti)hero applies for a job with the fire brigade. Unfortunately, his clumsiness and talent ruin everything and the drool everywhere complicates things. But he’s trying so hard to be useful! The film once again boasts unmistakeable drawing and lively animation.

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Hot Dog

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Horn Dog

Bill Plympton | United States | 2009 | 5 min

In the fourth instalment of the ‘dog’ series, our unlucky hero falls in love with a beautiful, carefully groomed female. How can this slobbering chunkster win her love and attention? Will it help if he fights off an attack by an aggressive dog, or will playing a violin concerto improve his chances? Either way, Plympton’s dog’s efforts always end in disaster.

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Horn Dog

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Cop Dog

Bill Plympton | United States | 2017 | 6 min

After eight years, in 2017 Plympton returned to his favourite Oscar-nominated, drool-soaked dog, to torment him a little more. This time, the unfortunate dog becomes an airplane pilot. Those who have seen the previous films can certainly guess how the dog will pass this uneasy test. Or perhaps he will fail?

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Cop Dog

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Guard Dog Global Jam

Bill Plympton | United States | 2011 | 5 min

Plympton’s satirical ‘dog’ series, full of black humour, elicited responses from viewers and other animators as well. Guard Dog Global Jam is a collaborative effort by 70 artists to recreate Plympton’s famous Guard Dog short. Plympton’s canine (anti)hero is portrayed in many ways, using a variety of animation techniques and artistic styles.

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Guard Dog Global Jam

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Homer’s Face (Simpsons)

Bill Plympton | United States | 2018 | 2 min

Many filmmakers have had the honour of animating The Simpsons’ couch gag. On this occasion, Plympton revived his ideas from his 1980s film Your Face and, using his specific and unmistakeable style, played with the face of the Simpsons’ patriarch.

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Homer’s Face (Simpsons)

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

The Fan and the Flower

Bill Plympton | United States | 2005 | 7 min

Love can take many forms. Sometimes, lovers are separated by a long distance and their relationship is impossible – just like in this atypical and parodic love story of a fan and a flower. This disturbing film, animated with a pulsating line, is once again full of black humour.

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The Fan and the Flower

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Tiffany the Whale: Death on the Runway

Bill Plympton | United States | 2012 | 9 min

Young, earnest Tiffany makes her fashion debut in an attempt to be the most unlikely of supermodels and rejoin her beloved male model, Conrad. This unusually long ‘short’ (by Plympton’s standards) is characterised by having a more straightforward narrative without losing anything of the author’s typical stylisation.

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Tiffany the Whale: Death on the Runway

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger

Bill Plympton | United States | 2010 | 6 min

A tragicomic film about the strength of the bond between a mother cow and her calf, the power of advertising and the purpose of life. Using irony and caustic humour, Plympton once again takes aim at American society. The calf is hypnotised by a billboard and this fascination proves to be a determining factor in its life.

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The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger

Fri 13/5/2022
20.30-21.35
free seats: 144
Kino Varšava

Encanto

Jared Bush, Byron Howard | United States | 2021 | 110 min | ZDARMA / Free Entry

Encanto, by Walt Disney Animation Studios, tells the story of the extraordinary Madrigal family living in a magical hidden house in a pulsating town surrounded by the Colombian mountains in a remarkable and magical place named Encanto. The magic of Encanto grants unique gifts to each child in the family. Some have superhuman powers, while others can talk to animals or have healing abilities. A gift is bestowed upon every child except a girl named Maribel. The magic surrounding Encanto suddenly starts to disappear and the Madrigals need to find a way to save their home. Who will save it? Surprisingly, it’s Maribel who finds out that she may be the family’s last hope.
This magical story, full of fantasy and with a message that we are all unique, won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and was successful at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes.

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Encanto

Fri 13/5/2022
21.00-22.50
Náměstí Dr. E. Beneše

Welcome to Siegheilkirchen

Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Santiago López Jover | Austria, Germany | 85 min | DE | EN, CS sub

The makers of this satiric film managed to transfer beer bellies, pig eyes, droopy faces, double chins and many other imperfections to the big screen with incredible believability. They were helped by iconic Austrian caricaturist Manfred Deix, whose work served as an inspiration for the film. We join his childhood alter ego in a small Austrian village in the 1960s where the locals would like to have everything in proper order. Woe betide anyone who would defy their extremely Catholic and far-right morale! The film’s young protagonist, son of the local innkeeper, would prefer to think (and, God forbid, perhaps even live) a little differently. His young eyes can see everything the adults contentedly ignore. He is unable to understand what others so loudly proclaim. The object of the boy’s desire, a girl named Mariolina, and his artistic talent eventually become the source of a public nuisance. We witness him fight for his life and the life of his chosen one with all the trouble that growing up in the horrendous town of Siegheilkirchen puts in their way.

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Welcome to Siegheilkirchen

Fri 13/5/2022
23.30-00.55
free seats: 122
Kino Varšava

The Websters

Katarína Kerekesová | Slovakia | 2019 | 65 min

This animated series tells the story of the Webster spider family, who live in the corner of an elevator shaft. Their world is big and created in elaborate detail. The Webster family is large and all its members deal with their own problems, especially little Lili. Just like in any human family, the Websters’ lives are filled not only with joy and love, but also mistakes and false expectations. Their everyday stories show how important it is to find understanding and forgiveness. A feature version of the successful series is currently in development (the stories have also been published in book format) and this programme includes several episodes from its second season. The spider heroes were voiced by popular Czech actors – Ivana Chýlková, Adam Mišík, Ivana Korolová, Jaromír Dulava and Jiří Lábus.

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The Websters

Sat 14/5/2022
09.00-10.05
free seats: 191
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

Lux and Delux in Space

Ilja Novák | Czechoslovakia | 48 min

For many Anifilm visitors, the series Lux and Delux, following the adventures of two not very capable astronauts, brought to us in the form of a news report from their home planet, Xylophonia, is a surprising discovery. Due to its Dadaist humour, ironic perspective and elaborate visual style, we could classify it as a predecessor of series like Adventure Time. The story was created by ‘Cimrmanologists’ Jiří Šebánek and Jaroslav Pacovský, graphic artist Petr Poš and director Ilja Novák, the famous rebel from Ostrava. The characters were voiced by František Filipovský and Luděk Sobota, among others. Songs by jazzman Karel Velebný are sung by Jana Kratochvílová as Galaxy Masox. The production of the series, comprising 13 episodes, started in 1983 but it was delayed because of various complications related to the communist era, including censor intervention. The production eventually took 9 years and the series premiered in 1992, after the Velvet Revolution. This block includes the first six episodes.

Lux and Delux Travel to Space
Lux and Delux Are Lost in Space
Lux and Delux Land on Earth
Lux and Delux Go Exploring
Lux and Delux Re-Establish a Lost Connection
Lux and Delux Search for Intelligent Beings

Director: Ilja Novák, Czechoslovakia, 1992, 6 x 8 min 

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Lux and Delux in Space

Sat 14/5/2022
09.30-10.18
free seats: 62
North Bohemian Museum

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Mark Osborne, Stephen Hillenburg | United States | 2004 | 87 min

The festival theme of Animation & Humour naturally has to take us deep underwater to Bikini Bottom. As a reminder of the legendary series created by Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon, we chose the first feature film based on the series. It was made 18 years ago, but its energy, humour and superb animation are still on point. It’s still great entertainment for multiple age groups and still the best feature version of the genius surrounding the tirelessly optimistic and workaholic yellow sea sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants. The film’s open-minded humour oscillates on the axis of infantile – Dada – extremely clever. And as a bonus, there is David Hasselhoff himself!

Trouble starts when Plankton enacts a plan to discredit his business nemesis Mr. Krabs, steal the Krabby Patty secret formula and take over the world by stealing King Neptune’s crown and framing Mr. Krabs for the crime. SpongeBob and Patrick team up to retrieve the crown from Shell City to save Mr. Krabs from Neptune’s wrath and their world from Plankton’s rule.

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Sat 14/5/2022
10.00-11.27
free seats: 160
Kino Varšava

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Steve Box, Nick Park | United Kingdom | 2005 | 85 min

The unforgettable heroes of this film – the absent-minded inventor Wallace and his exceptionally intelligent and caring dog Gromit – are known to stop-motion animation enthusiasts from a series of short films that have been made since the 1980s (Anifilm presents two of them – The Wrong Trousers and A Grand Day Out – in its programme for children). This comedic duo eventually ventured into the feature film format in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit in 2005. The film, created as a collaboration between DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, offers great, intelligent and superbly animated entertainment for children and grown-ups alike. In distribution, it was accompanied with the tagline ‘something wicked this way hops’.
Wallace and Gromit’s hometown is getting ready for a giant vegetable competition. The hardworking growers are, however, tormented by rodents endangering their competition entries. Using their inventions, Wallace and Gromit do a fine job of protecting the veggies, but only until the moment when they have to face the result of an accident involving their other inventions: a were-rabbit. Will the veggies survive and will Wallace discover the true nature of the were-rabbit?
This thrilling yet humorous film is a masterful parody of classic horror films and other genres and will captivate viewers with superb claymation.

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Sat 14/5/2022
12.30-13.55
free seats: 141
Cinema City 1 - Czech TV Hall

Foam Bath

György Kovásznai | Hungary | 1980 | 76 min

Some Hungarian animated films are lucky enough to be digitally restored. Viewers thus have a chance to see them again after several decades with proper visual quality and no faded colours. Two years ago, Anifilm screened the mesmerising film Son of the White Mare by the recently deceased Marcell Jankovics. This year, Anifilm visitors can again look forward to a Hungarian feature film, but this time, it will be a completely different spectacle.
The mysterious Foam Bath is balanced somewhere between an anti-romantic comedy and an obscure musical. One day, the dull life of lonely medical student Anna Parádi is interrupted by Zsolt Mohai, a tall, dark, hysterical shop window decorator, who begs her to phone his fiancée Klára and call off their impending wedding.
A series of discussions and musical (and dance) numbers follows, relativising loyalty, romance, partnerships and friendships in a juicy manner. The unusual spectacle is boosted by wild animation using rather ‘wacky’, but all the more original drawing. 
In 1980, when the film premiered, it was said that a brand-new animation style had been born. An extraordinary, eccentric style not afraid of extremes. Director György Kovásznai made this unique film more than 40 years ago, but this Foam Bath hasn’t lost its fizz. See for yourselves at Anifilm!

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Foam Bath

Sat 14/5/2022
16.30-17.46
free seats: 75
Cinema City 4

Cheatin’

Bill Plympton | United States | 2013 | 76 min

This artistically distinct and ‘Plymptonesquely’ provocative film with typically shaky and expressive drawing is the seventh feature film by the independent American filmmaker. The film has been screened by many festivals worldwide and has won many awards – for instance at Annecy (Jury Prize), Bologna (Grand Prize), Montreal (Audience Award) and Anifilm when it was based in Třeboň.
 
Jake and Ella meet in a fateful bumper-car collision and become the most loving couple in the history of romance. But when a scheming ‘other’ woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden ‘soul machine’, Ella takes the form of Jake’s numerous lovers, fighting through dysfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny.
Bill Plympton personally drew over 40,000 frames in Cheatin’ and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100,000 to help finance the production. The film was released theatrically in the spring and summer of 2013.

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Cheatin’

Sat 14/5/2022
17.00-18.16
free seats: 166
TUL - Aula G

Lux and Delux Explore Earth

Ilja Novák | Czechoslovakia | 56 min

For many Anifilm visitors, the series Lux and Delux, following the adventures of two not very capable astronauts, brought to us in the form of a news report from their home planet, Xylophonia, is a surprising discovery. Due to its Dadaist humour, ironic perspective and elaborate visual style, we could classify it as a predecessor of series like Adventure Time. The story was created by ‘Cimrmanologists’ Jiří Šebánek and Jaroslav Pacovský, graphic artist Petr Poš and director Ilja Novák, the famous rebel from Ostrava. The characters were voiced by František Filipovský and Luděk Sobota, among others. Songs by jazzman Karel Velebný are sung by Jana Kratochvílová as Galaxy Masox. The production of the series, comprising 13 episodes, started in 1983 but it was delayed because of various complications related to the communist era, including censor intervention. The production eventually took 9 years and the series premiered in 1992, after the Velvet Revolution. This block includes the first six episodes.

Lux and Delux Among Beetles
Lux and Delux Meet Non-Humans
Lux and Delux Play Rugby
Lux and Delux in the Ring
Lux and Delux and Secondary Raw Materials
Lux and Delux at a Fashion Show
Lux and Delux Return Home
 
Režie / Director: Ilja Novák, Československo / Czechoslovakia, 1992, 6 x 8 min

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Lux and Delux Explore Earth

Sun 15/5/2022
09.30-10.26
free seats: 74
North Bohemian Museum