Igor Kovalyov Retrospective
The spirit of film noir creeps through this tale, laying bare the deceitful relationship between a master and his servants.
Past and present merge and then re-fracture down different fault lines when a man visits a woman living in a house with a gardener, two kissing Chinese chess players and a child who will do anything to communicate with the man.
Explorer Nansen travels to the North Pole, where danger, adventure and a woman await him.
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 boy discovers love and comes face to face with the mortality of his family. The film speaks of this through a web of oblique details, attempting to capture the flesh of relation and, perhaps, the very tension of being.