BERLIN WINNERS - ANIMATIONS

Best recent winners of - and nominees for - the Golden Bear for best short
at Berlinale. Animations compete with live action for the same awards...


Seven Days In The Wood by Peter Larsson (2010) (Sweden) (6m) *

The experimental Seven Days In The Wood (Sju Dagar I Skogen) was animated by Larsson and Rasmus R Streith. It feels a little like a David Lynch film with its eerie, evocative sounds and visuals. I honestly cannot see a narrative but I am not sure that was the intention of the creators. It was nominated for a Golden Bear in 2011, showing a long held inclination from the Berlin jury towards experimentation.

 

Seven Days in the Wood

Please Say Something

Please Say Something by David O'Reilly (2008) (Ireland) (10m)

It actually took me a while to work out which was the man and which was the woman in this slightly experimental and somewhat earnest animation about domestic violence. I think its other-worldly weirdness - and animators tend to lead the way in this type of weirdness - is part of its engaging quality and there is at least a fairly clear narrative. It won O'Reilly the Golden Bear for Best Short Film in 2009.


Our Man In Nirvana by Jan Koester ('06) (Germany) (11m) *

Just to prove that the Berlin jury are partial to some kind of continual drug-induced trip, Our Man In Nirvana, by Jan Koester, enters a psychedelic world that is somewhere between The Beatles' Yellow Submarine and a Monty Python animation. The title is referencing both the late Kurt Curbain's old band and the supreme goal of Nirvana in various Indian belief systems. Thus we have a rock star who dies on stage and finds himself in a strange world...

Our Man in Nirvana

Lucia

Lucia by Felix Gönnert (2004) (Germany) (6m) *

A sweet computer animation from German Felix Gonnert, Lucia shares many of the characteristics found in other Berlin animations - with someone adrift in a strange wolrd. In this case a young girl wakes alone in hospital, creeps out of her room and discovers her x-rays. An angelic creature flies out of her head x-ray and leads her into a magical world where her brain tuma is devoured by a fish! It won the Special Award from the German Children's Fund in 2004.

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