Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bangkok Cinema Scene special: German Short Film and Animation Showcase

Animation and short films from Germany and elsewhere will be showcased from Wednesday, January 20 through Wednesday, January 27 (except Monday) at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. There are eight programs as well as workshops and discussions. It's organized by the Goethe Institute Bangkok. Screenings are in the auditorium on the fifth floor. Admission is free.

Contemporaries – German Animated Film from 1989 Until Now

This program includes the most exciting German short films produced over the last 20 years. Beginning with the cheerless parable Balance from 1989-90 by Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein, which won the Oscar for the Best Short Animated Film, through the painterly-poetic films of Jochen Kuhn or Kirsten Winter, computer animations by Hanna Nordholt and Fritz Steingrobe and the trio Tom Weber, Jan Bitzer and Ilja Brunck, the program illustrates the diversity of German animated film. Other names include Gil Alkabetz, Andreas Hykade and Raimund Krumme, who impress with a minimalist approach and a universal narrative style. Screens at 6 on Wednesday, January 20. It's also closing the showcase on Wednesday, January 27, when there will be a talk by Ulrich Wegenast of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film.

Best of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2009: BW-Reel –- Best of Animation Baden-Württemberg

This compiles the best animation from Baden-Württemberg from the past year and shows the diversity of the state's scene. It includes student productions from the Baden-Württembergg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and from the Media University in Stuttgart. Among the works is The Sisters and Audrey, the winner of the Robert Bosch sponsorship award. Other important names are Gild Alkabetz, whose The DaVinci TimeCode won the award for best music at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2009, and Jürgen Haas, a well-known stop-motion animation filmmaker. The Iron Tower by Christoph Horch is another top-class artistic animated film included in the program. Screens at 5 on Thursday, January 21 and at 3 on Sunday, January 24.

Best of Interfilm 25

A selection of the 6,000 films submitted to last year’s Interfilm Berlin. The program includes such titles as Le Petit Dragon by Bruno Collet, Careful with that Power Tool by Jason Stutter from New Zealand, Bad Mistake by Xavier Hibon of Belgium,
My New Toy
by Anton Beebe from Australia, One Minute Fly by Michael Reichert of Germany, Space Travel According to John by Anders Jedenfors and Jamie Stone of Scotland and Dog With Electric Collar by Steve Baker from Australia. Screening at 6.30 on Thursday, January 21 and at 6 on Saturday, January 23.

Kurz in Berlin/Short in Berlin

Artists critically explore their urban surroundings. Works span the years from before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and after. Screens at 5 on Friday, January 22 and 1 on Saturday, January 23 with a talk by Heinz Hermanns, director of the Interfilm Berlin short film festival.

Between State Art and Underground – Animated Film in the GDR

Approximately 2,000 films were produced in East Germany's state-run DEFA studio for animated film, founded in 1955 in Dresden. Even though the majority of those films were for children, animated film from the GDR is much more than that. Ranging from puppet animation of the 1950s to efforts in the 1980s, the program shows short film treasures and the artistic friction that prevailed during the communist era. The program includes a collection of animated short films from the DEFA studio and examples from the filmic underground movement associated with the artist AR Penck. The program includes the silhouette films by Bruno J. Böttge as well as films that deal with historical issues. The program was compiled with the kind support of the German Institute of Animated Film in Dresden. Screens on Friday, January 22 at 6.30 and Tuesday, January 26 at 6, with a talk by Ulrich Wegenast.

Tricks for Kids

Animated adventure tales without dialogue, geared to please kids but will be just as entertaining to adults. A chicken family loses their baby, an egg helps his friends, a paper dog has problems with his tail, a frog falls in love, a little flower fights with a monster, a stork is having a duel with a little bird and much more. Works include The Tooth by Nathan Stone from Australia and Fetch by Sita Sings the Blues animator Nina Paley. Screens at 11am on Saturday, January 23 and 1pm on Sunday, January 24.

Cycling the Frame & The Invisible Frame

In 1988, one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, British filmmaker Cynthia Beatt with Tilda Swinton and maverick actress Tilda Swinton started an unconventional cycling tour, riding around the wall. The images, Swinton’s inner monologues and the soundtrack by Simon Fisher create a unique portrait that offers feelings of being confined and being excluded. Twenty-one years later, the two gear up for another cycling tour. What's changed about Germany, and the two women? Screens at 4pm on Saturday, January 23.

Best of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film --
International Selection

This best-of selection from the 2009 festival includes Hot Dog by acclaimed American animator Bill Plympton, Der Da Vinci Time Code, based on the Last Supper painting, Rabbit Punch by Britain's Kristian Andrews and the grand prize winner, Muto by Italian artist Blu. A dizzying blend of stop-motion animation and graffiti art, you can watch it on YouTube, and it's embedded below. Or see it on the large screen with the bevy of other shorts at 5pm on Sunday, January 24.

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