Curated by Paola Bristot
When I thought about the title of this selection "Perfect Women", I automatically recalled films that were inspired by the female model (or at least were ironic of) imposed since the earliest stages of education, a perfect woman model. So deeply rooted in our society that frequently not even women themselves are able to perceive it. Therefore I tried to reverse this cliché by looking for films that show women in their dimensions of magic, intuition, passion, but also dysfunction, weakness; their personality. Films in this program jump from one point to another without a precise reason; this apparently irrational way nevertheless reveals a feminine inclination to look at things somehow sideways and across and so they grasp the deeper truth of things.
About the curator
Paola Bristot, graduated in Discipline Arti Musica Spettacolo, in University of Bologna (1985) and specialized in Contemporary History Art in University of Bologna (1991). She is professor of History of Art at the Academy in Venezia. As a president of the Viva Comix association she organizes many exhibitions of comics, illustration, animation and visual arts. She is the Artistic Director of the Piccolo Festival Animazione (12thedition) in Trieste, Udine, Pordenone, Gorizia and Venice. She curated with Andrea Martignoni the 5th DVD “Animazioni“(2010-17, Viva Comix, Ottomani), anthologies of contemporary Italian short film. As an art director she produced the experimental film “Re-cycling” (Arte Video, Viva Comix 2014).
01. Somnium Coleopterae
Elisabetta Di Sopra, Igor Imhoff
2013, ITA, 2'33''
A game where images and kaleidoscopic fantasies synthetize themselves along with a Kafkesque dancing metamorphosis.
Elisabetta Di Sopra
born in 1969 in Pordenone. Lives and works in Venice. In 2010 she graduated from Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Her artistic research is expressed particularly through the use of video language in order to investigate the most sensitive dynamics of the everyday dimension and its unexpressed micro-stories, where the female body takes on a central role. She is the curator of the Maurizio Cosua video art competition within the Francesco Pasinetti festival. She collaborates with the Ca’Foscari University for the Short Film Festival in the promotion of Italian video art and with the cultural association Archivio Carlo Montanaro at the Fabbrica del Vedere, Venice.
born in Italy on 10/02/1976 . Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. Currently teaches Multimedia Design in Academy of fine Arts, animation and 3d modeling at the "International School of Comics". Artistic activity is dedicated to experimental video, animation in film or in areas more related to art/experimental film. Numerous solo exhibitions and taken part in festivals in Italy and abroad (among them " Bevilacqua La Masa " Galleria San Marco , Venice , Milan Triennale A + A Gallery, Venice Video Review DVDrops Art, Hong Kong, Bologna, Ferrara, OCT Contemporary Art Ends Shanghai, Museu Belas Artes de São Paulo, etc), animation and film festivals such as Clermont Ferrand, Annecy, Animateka, Animamudi, etc... and collaborations with Ca‘Foscari University Ca‘Foscari Cinema, International School of Comics and Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED).
Špela Čadež (Finta)
2013, SLO, 13'
One day Filip gets a knock on the door. His neighbor Tereza, an older prostitute that Filip tries to avoid by all means, asks him to write a letter for her fiancé. Filip agrees. And it would all end up fine if a week later Tereza would not show up at his doorstep again, asking him to write an answer to the previous letter.
Based on the short story “Her Lover” by Maksim Gorky
Screenwriters: Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Assistant director, animation supervisor, main animator: Oliver Throm
Animator: Leon Vidmar
Puppets, set, props: Žiga Lebar
Costume designer: Gordana Bobojević
Director of photography: Michael Jörg
Editor: Thomas Schmidl
Postproduction: Markus Bledowski
Voices: Katja Levstik, Gregor Zorc
Music: Tomaž Grom
Sound: Johanna Herr
Producers: Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež
Co-producers: Martin Roelly, Erik Winker, Andreas Bauer
Production: No History – Contemporary Arts Institute
Co-funding: SFC – Slovenian Film Centre, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW
Technique: puppet animation
Recommended for children under 14: yes
born in 1977, graduated in Graphic Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2002. She continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany, and has been working as an independent animation director and producer since 2008. Her films have been screened worldwide. “Boles” (2013) has received 50 awards, distinctions and nominations including a Grand Prix at the DOK Leipzig and Best Debut Award at Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Špela Čadež’ latest film Nighthawk (2016) has to date received 23 awards and distinctions including the Grand Prix at the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) and Animafest Zagreb. It has been screened at international festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
03. Love Me, Fear Me
Veronica Solomon (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
2018, GER, 6'7''
"What would you be willing to do for them to love you?". It is a dance metaphor about the roles we play and the shapes we take, about the stages we chose, the audience we try to impress and the price of acceptance.
Script: Veronica Solomon
Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
Animation: Veronica Solomon
Choreography: Martha Hincapie Charry, Gabriel Galindez, Cruz, Veronica Solomon
Production: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Distribution: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Technique: Clay animation
Recommended for children under 14: no
Born in Romania, currently living in Berlin, Germany. Owning a degree in Fine Arts, she began a self-training process to become an animator alongside doing comics and illustration. Nonetheless in 2017 she graduated from the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF with a BA in Animation.
2013, GER/POL, 6'
What is memory loss? In the labyrinth of fear, a stranger becomes a close person and home turns into a trap. Groping her way down the track of familiar objects and shapes, the character is trying to go back to the life that used to be her own.
Born in Koszalin in Poland on 06.10.1974. She graduated from Lodz National Fine Arts Conservatory, National Polish Film School in Lodz and National German Film School “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam- Babelsberg. In 2004, her graduate film project "Jam Session" was selected for the short film competition at the Berlin Film festival 2005, when she has been awarded with Silver Bear. "Jam Session" has been presented on over 60 international festival and won a number of international prizes. In 2006, Izabela founded her own production company "Clay Traces" in Berlin when she is working with a team of young animators from different European countries. She has made "Breakfast" for Polish television. She has directed and produced “7 More Minutes” and "Marathon" in collaboration with Spela Cadez. "Esterhazy" is currently the biggest Izabela's project (25 minutes, 3 years of production), coproduced by Donten & Lacroix Films Poland with participation of PISF, TVP S.A, European Media Program and, on the German side, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA and DEFA Stiftung.
05. Inanimate/ Neživo
Lucia Bulgheroni (NFTS)
2018, UK, 8'
Katrine has a normal life, a normal job, a normal boyfriend and a normal apartment in a normal city. That's what she thinks until one day everything starts falling apart.
Cast: Erin Austen | Jay Taylor | Jassa Ahluwalia
Production: NFTS - National Film and Television School
Producer: Lennard Ortmann
Screenplay: Andrew Eu | Lucia Bulgheroni
Animator: Lucia Bulgheroni
Cinematography: Ronnie McQuillan
Editing: Raphael Pereira
Original Score: José D. Pavli
Production Designer: Kristina Kovacs
Sound Editing & Mix:Louise Patricia Burton
VFX Supervisor: Amy Gibson
Distribution: Zen Movie Distribuzione
Technique: puppet animation
Recommended for children under 14: yes
Italian animation director. While studying filmmaking at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Lucia first began exploring stop motion animation and discovered her love for and the potential of the medium. After working in commercials, regularly blending live action and stop motion techniques, Lucia completed an MA in Directing Animation at the National Film & Television School in London. Her main interest lies in exploring issues surrounding philosophy, psychology and her own subconscious - abstract themes perfectly suited to be visualised through the medium of animation. With her short film "Inanimate" she has already won major awards at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation), at Annecy - Int. Animation Film Festival (Oscar qualifying festival) and at BAFTA Student Film Awards.
06. Soil Is Alive
Beatrice Pucci (D406 Galleria d’arte Contemporanea)
2015, ITA, 8'
A dark tale without heroes. Like lens, it lets us to look under the leaves. Its aim is to communicate the concept of the common good. There are eight characters, three live in a building and wear wigs, five live in the wood and are bald.
Animation: Beatrice Pucci
Music: Demetrio Castellucci
Post production: Cinzia Ascari
Producer: Andrea Lo Savio / D406 Galleria D’arte Contemporanea
Distribution: Ottomani a.c.
born in 1979. She lives and works in Emilia Romagna, Italy. Her film "Soil is Alive" has participated in numerous festivals and won the award "five finalists Nastri d'Argento 2016" in Italy. She is the author of numerous independent films including an animated work for Alina Marazzi's latest film, “Tutto speaks about you” with Charlotte Rampling and winner of the best new director in the eighth edition of the Rome Film Festival. She received animation training the Book School of Urbino, where she produced her first film “Appunti for a film on Pinocchio's old age” (“Appunti for a film on Pinocchio's old age”). Then she moved to the School of Scenography of the Academy of Fine Arts where she graduated. Since 2007 she has exhibited in various art galleries throughout Italy and abroad.
07. La fille aux feuilles
2013, SUI, 6'
About a man who has to burry his goldfish and the strange business that's going on between the leaves.
Written by: Marina Rosset
Production: Marina Rosset Productions, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Producer: Marina Rosset
Cinematography: Marina Rosset
Editing: Marina Rosset
Sound Design: Peter Bräker, Werner Haltinner
Rerecording Sound Mix: Denis Séchaud
Music: Valérie Niederoest
Compositing: Marina Rosset
Technique: Techniques: Oil pastel on paper and glass
Born in 1984 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 2003-04 Attends the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels. 2004-07 Attends HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst). 2007 Receives degree from HSLU.
08. The Dress
Girlin-Bassovskaja (OÜ Nukufilm)
2007, EST, 6'50''
A woman tries to remember the highlights of her life, or maybe dreams about them. Who is that woman whose dress knows a beautiful-exiting life with kitchen utensils?
Technique: object animation, mixed
There are two directors working under name Girlin Bassovskaja – Jelena Girlin and Mari-Liis Bassovskaja (Karula). Filmography: "About Love" (in production), "Papa" (2014), "Oranus" (2009), "Miriam's Colors" (2008), "The Dress" (2007), "The Table" (2004).
Elisa Talentino (Fondazione Dravelli, Airelles Vidéo)
2017, ITA/FRA, 2'52''
An antique dance, a courting ritual. A dandelion flower to blow desires. The double time bourrée dance is full of romantic and loving meanings, it is almost a theatrical transposition of dynamics of seduction. The dancers come close, reaching towards each other, then they turn away, find and avoid each other, without ever touching.
Technique: watercolour and acrylic color on paper
Soundtrack: Julia Kent (contemporary bourrée based on the traditional structure), http://borderscapes.eu/it/
Editing: Riccardo Chiara
Additional animation effects: Emanuele Rosso
Occitan dance starring: Bianca Micalizzi, Andrea Lopomo
Production: Fondazione Dravelli, Airelles Vidéo
Italian artist working with illustration, graphic arts, painting and animation. She published Le jardin d’hiver (Print About Me, 2013), Bendata di stelle (Inuit Editions, 2014), Metamorphosis (La Grande Illusion, 2016). Her illustrations appear also in Il tramonto birmano (Add Editore, 2016), and she realized illustrations for The New York Times, The Washington Post, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Mondadori, Einaudi, Bompiani, Edizioni e/o, Goethe Institut amongst many others. Her works were selected and showed in various festivals in Italy and abroad, among which Bologna Children’s Book Fair, BilBOlbul. Festival internazionale di fumetto in Bologna, Ilustrarte – International Illustration Biennial of Lisbon, Viñetas con Altura. Festival internacionál de historietas in La Paz (Bolivia). She won for two consecutive years (2017/2018) the Gold Medal of 3×3 Mag Professional Show of New York. In 2017 she realized the animated short film Dandelion (with music by Julia Kent) that was selected in the main international animation festivals, winning the prizes for “Best original soundtrack” (Lago Film Fest, GLocal Film Fest, Wag Film Fest) and “Best animated short” (GLocal Film Fest), from which the homonymous book Dandelion (Lazy Dog Press, 2018) was published. She is specialized in printmaking: her screenprints, personally made with pictorial and incisor experimental techniques, are exhibited in several galleries in Italy and abroad.