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Grand Prix: 20 years Grand Prix: 20 let

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To celebrate 20 years of Animateka, we are showing a selection of award-winning films from past festival editions: from a student work by Polish icon Marta Pajek, to animation gems by Estonian filmmakers Kaspar Jancis and Kristjan Holm, the films which put Michaela Müller and Špela Čadež on the world map of animation, to a masterpiece by the one and only Tomek Popakul.

Po jabłkach / After Apples
Marta Pajek (ASP Krakow)
Poland, 2004, 5'20"

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, after all the apples have fallen from the trees everything is asleep. In a small flat mother and child are also sound asleep. Meanwhile, when the mind sleeps…

Krokodill / Crocodile
Kaspar Jancis (Esti Joonisfilm)
Estonia, 2009, 16'45" 

The story of a former opera star who must, by the will of Fate, work as a Crocodile in a styrofoam costume entertaining children in a shopping centre. This kind of life seems joyless and even disgusting to the former leading tenor, and he vents his frustration by behaving rudely. Until one day, into his life enters a fateful woman... and... a crocodile.

Michaela Müller (Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb/ Michaela Müller)
Croatia, Switzerland, 2009, 35mm, 8’

A look at life on the Mediterranean borders of Europe, where tourists try to relax at the same time as "illegal" immigrants struggle for a chance for a better life.

Suur maja / Big House
Kristjan Holm (Silmviburlane)
Estonia, 2011, 10'24"

On a totally ordinary warm summer night the residents of a totally ordinary apartment house happen to gather in the yard. A citizen of questionable motives takes advantage of the situation and the ending of course is quite expectable.

Špela Čadež (No History/Hupe Film)
Slovenia, Germany, 2013, 12’

Filip lives in a poor neighbourhood, dreaming of writer’s glory and a luxurious life. One day his neighbour Tereza, an elderly prostitute, knocks on his door, asking him to write a letter for her fiancé.

Acid Rain
Tomek Popakul (Animoon)
Poland, 2019, 26'16"

Somewhere in the Eastern Europe. A young girl runs away from her depressing hometown. That’s how she meets Skinny – a kind of unstable weirdo who lives in a camper and runs his not-so-legal errands. Their journey gradually leads them towards more and more eerie settings.

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On the Adamant Sur l'Adamant

Nicolas Philibert

Sunday, 03. 03. 2024 / 20:30 / Small Hall

French documentary film maker Nicolas Philbert takes us on an unusual ship, used as a day-care centre for adults with mental disabilities. Surrounded by incredibly talented people with sparkling personalities, we can contemplate community, freedom and the importance of art in everyday life. The warm and subtle film that breaks downs the boundaries between ‘us’ and ‘them’ won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale.

Additional Screening

Anatomy of a Fall Anatomie d’une chute

Justine Triet

Monday, 04. 03. 2024 / 15:15 / Main Hall

Sandra, a successful German writer, her French husband Samuel and their visually impaired eleven-year-old son Daniel live a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he committed suicide or was killed by his wife… Palme d’Or winner 2023!

The Eternal Memory La memoria infinita

Maite Alberdi

Monday, 04. 03. 2024 / 17:15 / Small Hall

The story of Paulina’s deep and uncompromising devotion and Augusto’s fierce struggle to preserve his identity is a heartbreaking and inspiring monument to the indestructible power of love. The film by Maite Alberdi (The Mole Agent) was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary.