sunday 26 june, 4.00pm
The Hedgehog In The Fog | Yuri Norstein
Every year we curate a program focusing on
a specific animating technique. This year – as promised –
it’s cut-outs. On one level, cut-out animation is a pretty
easy technique to grasp. It’s one of the easiest techniques
to teach to kids for example, but the level of complexity that masters
of the form bring to it can breathe life in to what are nothing
more than small pieces of cardboard. The technique has been a mainstay
of many Russian and Eastern European animators, such as Yuru Norstein,
whose graceful little characters have enchanted audiences for decades.
This program mixes a collection of master works dating back to the
1940s with a selection of recent works, which are in competition.
Girl And The Hunter / La Fille Et Le Chasseur
Director: Jadwiga Kowalska
Producers: Jadwiga Kowalska, Claude Barras
Switzerland, 5'23, 2010
The village is in big trouble. Outside it is
raining a young girl's tears and it's up to the hunter to put things
Directors: Amy Lockhart, Marc Bell
Producer: Amy Lockhart
Canada, 2'00, 2009
A collage artist endeavours to complete his
work while interpreting and translating the beauty of toiling hands
and the action of scissors.
Director/Producer: Maya Erdelyi
USA, 4'00, 2010
Phosphena – also known
as Phosphene – is an entoptic phenomenon charactised by the
experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye.
Director/Producer: Tim Romanowsky
Germany, 5'05, 2010
A graphic revision of
a 1929 Ub Iwerks short film. Famous figures and classic visual elements
flow together in a new and devolved world without rules or boundaries.
Rooster, The Crocodile And The Night Sky
Ireland, 6'34, 2008
A tale of passion, loss,
surreal comedy and explosive violence, all animated to create a dreamy,
hand-made aesthetic. A visual paradox.
Director: Jade de Paepe :
France, 3'30, 2010
Curiosity gets the better
of a small boy who wanders just a little close in his search to find
out what's underneath the petticoats of dancing women.
Director/Producer: Veronika Obertova
Slovakia, 7'00, 2010
Viliam lives in his own
animated life within the real world. Childish fun turns into a problem,
the problem becomes a solution. No solution is perfect though…
France, 2010, 4'05
Lots of motivation, a
gassed up rocket-ship and a good ol' fashioned telephone - all this
crew of pensioners need to change the world.
Three Blind Mice
Director: George Dunning
Canada, 5'10, 1945
The beloved nursery rhyme
is put to use to illustrate why industrial safety rules must be observed
with no less amputative results than in the original version.
Labyrinth / Labyrint
Director: Jan Lenica
Poland, 14'00, 1963
A self-consciously Kafka-esque
tale of a winged, lonely man literally devoured by totalitarian rule.
Blackbird / Le Merle
Canada, 4'34, 1958
The genius of simplicity.
Here McLaren imparts unusual activity to an old French-Canadian nonsense
song using little more than white cut-outs on pastel backgrounds.
Hedgehog In The Fog
Director: Yuri Norstein
Russia, 10'25, 1975
One of the finest animated
films ever made by the acknowledged master of classic Russian cut-out