Animation has a rich tradition of debating, commenting and reflecting on the political and socio-cultural situation of society. Since animated film is also a vehicle for cultural memory, collective consciousness and identity, Eastern European animations provide unique insights into a totalitarian society and its modes of behaviour.
The Soviet domination of Eastern Europe after World War II had mixed effects. On the one hand, the state-supported industry was able to produce high-level artistic animations without the pressing need to focus on their commercial success. On the other, the state also controlled and censored almost every step of filmmaking, severely curtailing the creative freedom of the animation artists.
This intriguing and thought-provoking programme, introduced by Ülo Pikkov, the eminent award-winning Estonian animator, and followed by a Q&A, explores how potent political protest can be created in the most subtle and allusive of ways.
- A by Jan Lenica (Poland), 1965 (10 min)
- Ersatz (Surogat) by Dušan Vukotic (Yugoslavia), 1961 (10 min)
- Vacuum Cleaner (Tolmuimeja) by Avo Paistik (Estonia), 1978 (10 min)
- Hank (Ruka) by Jirí Trnka (Czechosolovakia), 1965 (18 min)
- Pygmalion by Arnolds Burovs (Lativa), 1976 (10 min)
This event is part of the Animated Film series at manipulate Festival 2018, which offers an immersive opportunity to enjoy a wide-range of eclectic contemporary animation from around the globe.
View the full manipulate Festival 2018 programme
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