Animated sideways II.
DIARY / AN INTERNAL MONOLOGUE OF AN ANONYMOUS FOREGIN ANIMATOR GUEST OF ANIMATEKA ON THE DAY OF THE CLOSING CEREMONY*
December 7th 2013
10:30 a.m., Hotel
The alarm clock on the smartphone starts to go off and I wake up in my hotel bed. As I slowly crawl out of the crisp white sheets, I take a look around me. This little room has been my home for almost a week now, but I'm still not used to seeing it in the light of the day, since I've been hanging around the festival grounds for the better part of my days in Ljubljana. There's just so much to do and see at Animateka. It's my first time here, but as it tends to happen on the festival trails, I've yet to see the rest of the city. They tell me it's really small, but really “cute”...
(Cute, ha! There's a city for you, sounds more like someone's describing a fairytale village ... No wonder this country's so close to Austria ...)
Well, maybe I'll go see it tomorrow, my train doesn't leave until three or something ... First, let's get this day started ... Where's my programme ... Oh, there's my glasses, why do I always leave them on the damn floor someday I'll step on them and then I can just kiss the lovely overpriced cool-but-not-too-obviously-cool-but-still-kind-of-too-expensive-looking pair of eyewear goodbye ... Why do I always listen to my sister, she has no idea about anything and I still act like I'm five and she's the mature one ... Shit, where is that piece of paper anyway?
Oh, here it is – what's the time? Oh, I can make it to the »Meet the Filmmakers« at the Cinematheque, if I just get coffee downstairs ... When's the last time I ate, I guess I'm not *that* hungry yet – oh right, I had some of that »burek« thing after we left the club at ... was it really just 5 hours ago? Crap, I'm too old for this shit ... Ugh ... Memo to self: do not annoy yourself by quoting shitty movies in the morning. You're not really *that* old, either. Whatever, God, I'm thirsty all of a sudden...
Right, let's get a-brushin'.
12:11 p.m., The Slovenian Cinematheque, Meet the Filmmakers
As I enter the hallway, there's already a bunch of familiar faces, and we just nod at each other, since it's obvious none of us had coffee yet. I saw X smoking a cigarette outside and she smiled at me, so that's good I guess. Oh, look, there's still some complimentary pastry left. There's still time to get some of that Barcaffe coffee at the stand if the line's not too long ... “Oh hi X, how are you?”
“I'm great, thanks, did you sleep well? Or at all? *Wink*”
“Yeah, well, you know, not much, it was fun yesterday, though. Loved the video game music!”
“Oh, me too, so funny, and you danced much better than on Wednesday *wink*”
“Haha, well, I try my best *wink* So how 'bout today, there's the closing ceremony in the evening, right?”
“Yes, at Španski borci, I hear we're going by bus ... Can't wait!”
“Yup, me neither ... Oh, it's my turn for coffee – May I have one with milk please? – So, see ya later?”
“Sure, I'll be listening to the authors, and then to Kinodvor, for the working lunch ...”
“Good, see you!”
As I finally sit down at the table, Igor Prassel enters the place and it's go-time. There's so many great animations, and these guys are all so witty... Why does that girl look familiar? Oh, right, I know her! She worked on that movie with XZ ... She said XZ was very talented ... I wonder if people say that kind of thing about me when I'm not around, hm, maybe I should ask her later if she's working on something right now ... Oh, that was a really funny line, haha, she has a kinky mind, that one ... Wonder if I can get some more coffee ... Maybe I should ask that volunteer guy...
2:56 p.m., Kindvor, Working Snack: Slovenian Day/Open Platform
I should really stop drinking coffee and go eat something ... I'll ask X and Z and maybe Y and T will join us? Where should we go, though? I really wanna try that chevaptchitch thing again, only no onions today ... Bad idea, bad! I wonder if the Balkan women like the smell of onions ... Those guys at the chevaptchitchy place sure didn't seem to care.
This has been really informative though, I never imagined there were so many Slovenian animators, they seem like a tight community. I have to buy that DVD they're all talking about ...
7:30 p.m., Kinodvor, Jury Programme V
Wow, that last movie was just ... Crazy.
I still can't believe Igor actually sang the song about the happy yellow cow that's living on a tree ... He's like the most fun festival organizer I ever met. Z told me his crew made a special pin with his image on it to show support and now everyone's wearing them on their hats ... I gotta get me one of those pins. What now, whaaaat nooow ... Let me see ... Animation and Dance, oh, that should be nice. Oh, no, wait, I have an interview at eight, right? Who told me that? Who was that girl? I gotta ask the volunteer guy if I see him ar- Oh, there he is!
“Hey, hi, can you help me with something?”
“Can you tell me who that girl is that asked to have an interview, you know, for your festival diary or something?”(That's really a nice pair of glasses I wonder where he bought them ...)
“You mean K? She is in the festival office, if you wait a second, I'll go look for her, ok?”
“Sure (such a nice guy, and those glasses!), I'll wait here!”
Also, everyone speaks good English here, I guess their schools must be quite good. Or is it just the Americanization of the world? I'd really like to learn a new language, maybe Slovenian? Uh, who am I kidding, I don't understand a word after a week of being here, other than “kava” and “pivo” ...
“Hi! I'm K, remember me? So, do you maybe have a couple of minutes for an interview?”
“Hi K, nice to meet you again! I guess I do, if it's not too long and the questions won't be too hard to answer, ha ha” (Now *that* was a very clever joke, huh ...)
“Nooo, it's just ten questions for our festival diary, so people get to know you a little, if they don't already. We can just do it upstairs in the café, get some coffee, huh?”
“Sure. Or some »pivo« maybe?” (Oh now where do you get 'em from, old chap, hahaha, oh hell ...)
“Haha, sure, pivo would be nice too! Bernard?”
“Bernard it is!”
10:06 p.m., Španski borci, Animated Dance Performances and Closing Awards Ceremony
This seems interesting. There's a girl, and there's someone making live animation based on the way the girl dances ... The music is nice ... Very modern, all this. I don't go see enough of modern dance performances! I really should. This is quite interesting.
10:35 p.m., Španski borci, Animated Dance Performances and Closing Awards Ceremony
Yeah, interesting. I wonder what's next!
11:00 p.m., Španski borci, Animated Dance Performances and Closing Awards Ceremony
Oh, it' s also a dance performance, and this time there's different animation.
This dancer is good. She's really expressive. I like how they play with lights. So interesting.
11:07 p.m., Španski borci, Animated Dance Performances and Closing Awards Ceremony
I guess it's going to be another late night!
11:55 p.m., Španski borci, Animated Dance Performances and Closing Awards Ceremony
What a great ceremony! I loved Wind and Rabbit and Deer, and that Plug and Play is something else, so funny too, the way it represents love and sex ... At least I think that's what it was about? And Boles, it has really gathered a storm of awards, I have to see it, Z and X said they loved it.
So when's the party starting?
Oh, the ceremony is over, there's Igor inviting all the people who worked on it to the stage ... Look at them, hugging and smiling, they all look so happy. These small festivals are really such warm events, it's like a family gathering, everyone seems to know everyone and if you don't it's just a matter of that first night of drinks and dancing. Speaking of drinks, I would love a glass of wine right now. Maybe a nice cabernet?
12:48 a.m., Španski borci, Animated Dance Performances and Closing Awards Ceremony
“Is there any more wine?” (Damn this band is awesome! What's it called again, The Crazy Masters of Blues? So cool, sooo cool ... And wow what a crowd, maybe we should get some air or some beer or something, gotta cool down a bit ...)
“No, it's all gone. Maybe we should get something else to drink, would you like a whiskey?”
“No ... I mean, well, maybe, I thought I'd have a beer but why not whiskey right?”
“Sure, let's go to the bar and order some. This music is great, you'd think these guys came all the way from the States, out of some smoky old dive bar in the South ...”
“They sure do!” (They sure do!)
“Oh, there's G and S by the bar too!”
What's that G's got in his glass? Looks like a liquor of some kind ...
“Hey what you drinkin' there G?”
“Oh it's medica, I think that's what it's called. It's a kind of honey brandy? Tastes sweet, wanna try?”
“Oh I don't know ...” (Booze made out of honey? Again with the fairytales ...)
“Yeah you should get one, a girl, one of the volunteers, recommended it. It's not very strong, it's like candy really ...”
“Hm, ok, l guess it can't hurt! One, please! Cheers! To Animateka!”
“To a lovely last night in Ljubljana!”
Oh that tastes really sweet. Funny drink.
4:55 a.m., Channel Zero, Metelkova Mesto
OH HAHAHA THAT'S HILARIOUS OH THAT Z HE'S GOT THE WORST DANCING MOVES EVER WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO DANCE Z, THE DANCING SCHOOL FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T DANCE SO WELL? HAHAHA, OH LOOK ALL THE ANIMATEKA PEOPLE ARE HERE THIS PLACE IS GREAT SO UNDERGROUND AND SO WELCOMING EVERYBODY HAVING GOOD OL' TIME, "HEY, X WANT ANOTHER DRINK?"
“YES BRING ME ONE OF THOSE FUNNY DRINKS IN THE LITTLE PLASTIC CUPS!”
“COOL, JUST A SEC I LOVE THIS SONG, LOOK AT THIS MOVE, MY EX-GIRLFRIEND WAS A MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR AND SHE TAUGTH ME THIS ONE LOOK!”
“OH WOW YOU'RE A REALLY GREAT DANCER!”
“I LOVE ANIMATEKA!”
“SLOVENIA IS MY NEW FAVORITE COUNTRY!”
“HERE'S YOUR DRINK! CHEERS!”
“CHEERS! OH IS THIS A CLASH SONG? I HAVEN'T HEARD THIS SONG FOR AGES! LET'S DANCE!”
December 8th 2013
1:30 p.m., Hotel
Ouch! Oh, damn, where is this light coming from? Where am I? What's the time? Oh crap, the train's leaving in like, and hour or something, better wake up and pack my shit. Oh my feet hurt oh I need some fresh socks and where the hell are my glasses haven't I left them on the ... *CRACK*
Oh for f***s sake.
* This is not really a work of fiction, but all the names, characters and incidents are nonetheless products of the author’s imagination or used in a semi-fictitious manner. Not the places or events though, those are all quite real. Any resemblance to actual persons is intentional at best, but mostly coincidental.