Italian Animation Retrospective
Animazioni – Contemporary Italian animation
When all is wrapped by the fog and by the obscurity of memory, a play of figures alternates in a world where signs and images are already darkened. Only a little spark allows a child to undertake an unpredictable journey.
A black sun rises on Lake Léman. In a surrealist backlit scene, swimmers and birds witness the spectacle of the dawn, hypnotized by the music of a cellist.
Starting by recording three different sounds, the author visually confuses their meanings, creating, through animation, a new interpretation with hilarious results.
Francija, Italija, 2011, 35mm, 8:30
Dario and Emma are separating, they can't even say a single word to each other, they are overwhelmed with sadness. Emma sinks deeper and deeper into the dream world of her childhood, wishing she could recreate the broken feelings. Dario is trapped in his own suffering. Will he be touched by the proof of love?
Pandemonio is a kaleidoscope of monsters, animals and other strange creatures brought to life by the primitive and frenzied pace of Zu's music. Each figure is made by overlapping felt circles. The animation is obtained by moving, resizing and painting every circle without deforming its perfect shape.
The life of a young woman.
There are Spirits is a free visual interpretation of a Carl Gustav Jung’s dream. The dream starts off with a quite common archetype: one's own home, the most familiar place for each of us, as an unexplored entity. Jung finds himself entering a series of "secret" rooms: the first room is a zoological laboratory where his father carries out experiments. The second is a bedroom where his mother attempts to capture spirits. The third is a big hotel hall, prelude to thousands of other rooms, where an orchestra is playing.
Extraordinarily detailed and beautifully drawn animation of a bizarre and surreal world; the domestic life of a fat man, his wife, a sort of oversized obese chicken, and their child/pet, a slug-like creature with a human head. This expressionistic and interior vision of Soviet animator Kovalyov is like an animated Eraserhead.
A caterpillar and a hen are best friends. They both know that the time to part has come; but it will be nature, the secret heartbeat of the world, to dictate the rhythm of the exhausting wait and of silent transformations.
Alfio Antico is a Sicilian musician, deeply attached to his land with its traditions and rituals even when these are cruel and painful. The images of the wind, the earth and dreams merge in an obsessive and tantric music based on streetsellers’ repetitive voices.
Soil is alive is a dark tale, without heroes, like a lens that lets us look under the leaves. Its aim is to communicate the concept of the common good.