There is a vibrant and diverse scene of women animators in Croatia – and they mean business. The topics they explore dig deep into the soft tissue of our society, questioning problems of education, immigration policies and economy or contemplating their own identities. Sounds tough? It is! But let’s start this story with a cup of coffee first.
Mirna Belina (Bonobostudio Zagreb)
Prva jutarnja / First Thing
A woman goes through her morning coffee ritual. The surrounding space is invisible – only when the smell of coffee fills her home the objects around her become real.
A fox hunter and a saleslady at a porcelain shop, scientist brothers and a boy with a music box: Five characters in their rooms, filled with traces of longing, separated by a vast empty landscape.
Mechanisms need wheels. Wheels should be well lubricated and set. Deviations are not permitted. Do we give our consent voluntarily or are we being charged without asking for it?
Uvijek ili nikad? / Always Or Never
Everyday routine can be a good retreat but what happens when we realize that safety is only a cover-up? A music video for the punk band Fakofbolan.
Three little wolves are spending late afternoon together. The story reveals how they ended up alone.
Ivana Bonjak, Thomas Johnson
Which image is real – the one staring at us from the mirror or the one standing in front of it?
Glad / Hunger
Everything that is alive is hungry. Seed is hungry for light, bird is hungry for flight, man is hungry for the touch of another. The seed of longing grows into what feeds us.
St. Ivan’s Bath
The lips of a goth rock star quit because he enjoys drugs and groupies too much. He panics and decides to kill himself in his bathroom by cutting his veins. But he is given a new choice.
A fox wanders around the empty city, looking for a place of its own.
A look at life on the Mediterranean borders of Europe, where tourists try to relax in strictly confined zones while “illegal” immigrants struggle for a chance for a better life. When a storm hits the shore, almost all distinctions between rich and poor are washed away.
Tricky Women - International Animation Filmfestival Vienna