Animated Documentaries I

Animation has the power to put on the screen the situations and emotions which no camera can capture. This makes its combination with the documentary form a perfect medium to discuss sensitive issues. The programme of best animated documentaries of this festival season demonstrates that what seem as incompatible genres, when combined, produce an even more powerful result.

Češnjeva koščica / Kirschknochen / Cherry Bone

Directed by: Evgenia Gostrer
Short synopsis:

Cherry Bone tells the story of a Russian-Jewish family that immigrated to Germany in the mid-90s. The director of the film starts a conversation with her parents who made the move in their forties and recalls her own version of the past events.

Kuku / Kuku / Cuckoo

Directed by: Daniela Hýbnerová
Short synopsis:

A short animated document that humorously depicts how cuckoos lay eggs into nests of other birds.

Bilo je nekoč v Izraelu / Pewnego razu w Izrael / Once Upon a Time in Israel

Directed by: Weronika Szyma
Short synopsis:

An animated documentary in the form of a travel journal. A girl, who is in love with a Palestinian, goes to Israel for the first time. Her simplified vision of the world and desire to take sides in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is quickly confronted with the reality of living on the border.

Babičino seksualno življenje / Granny’s Sexual Life

Directed by: Urška Djukić, Émilie Pigeard
Short synopsis:

Four old women, reflect on their memories of old times when they were young and how different the relationships between men and women were back then. Their voices merge into one single voice, that of the grandmother Vera, who tells her story in proper detail. A trip into grandmother’s youth and the memories of her intimate life illustrate the status of Slovenian women in the first half of the 20th century.

Blessing in Disguise

Directed by: Kevin Koch, Emma Holzapfel
Short synopsis:

Kevin Hines, suffering from auditory hallucinations, attempts to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. In the millisecond after the jump, he immediately regrets his decision. Miraculously, however, he survives the jump and is saved, as he later says himself, by a gift from God.

Maalbeek

Directed by: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Short synopsis:

A survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

We Have One Heart

Directed by: Katarzyna Warzecha
Short synopsis:

After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters his parents exchanged years ago. He uncovers an extraordinary family secret.

Animated Documentaries I

Animation has the power to put on the screen the situations and emotions which no camera can capture. This makes its combination with the documentary form a perfect medium to discuss sensitive issues. The programme of best animated documentaries of this festival season demonstrates that what seem as incompatible genres, when combined, produce an even more powerful result.

Short synopsis:

Cherry Bone tells the story of a Russian-Jewish family that immigrated to Germany in the mid-90s. The director of the film starts a conversation with her parents who made the move in their forties and recalls her own version of the past events.

Kuku / Kuku / Cuckoo

Directed by: Daniela Hýbnerová
Short synopsis:

A short animated document that humorously depicts how cuckoos lay eggs into nests of other birds.

Short synopsis:

An animated documentary in the form of a travel journal. A girl, who is in love with a Palestinian, goes to Israel for the first time. Her simplified vision of the world and desire to take sides in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is quickly confronted with the reality of living on the border.

Babičino seksualno življenje / Granny’s Sexual Life

Directed by: Urška Djukić, Émilie Pigeard
Short synopsis:

Four old women, reflect on their memories of old times when they were young and how different the relationships between men and women were back then. Their voices merge into one single voice, that of the grandmother Vera, who tells her story in proper detail. A trip into grandmother’s youth and the memories of her intimate life illustrate the status of Slovenian women in the first half of the 20th century.

Blessing in Disguise

Directed by: Kevin Koch, Emma Holzapfel
Short synopsis:

Kevin Hines, suffering from auditory hallucinations, attempts to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. In the millisecond after the jump, he immediately regrets his decision. Miraculously, however, he survives the jump and is saved, as he later says himself, by a gift from God.

Maalbeek

Directed by: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Short synopsis:

A survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

We Have One Heart

Directed by: Katarzyna Warzecha
Short synopsis:

After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters his parents exchanged years ago. He uncovers an extraordinary family secret.