It's full steam ahead for Animafest Zagreb 2017 on Tuesday, 6 June, with events at all cinemas, an exhibition at ULUPUH and a programme at Art Park.
At 11am, Europa Cinema is screening Student Competition 4 including the films made at FAMU Prague, Happy End (dir. Jan Saska, a brilliant take on the synoptical structure of animation, with inverse narrative and gallows humour) and The More I Know (dir. Marek Naprstek, a bizarre caricatured view of the life cycle powered by instinct, visually inspired by M.C. Escher and Michael DeForge). Other entries in this category are Jonathan Seligson's Nueva Vida – an animated confessional documentary about an unusual football injury, as well as the hybrid film Ocean by Renato Duque, and Beautiful Woman, a documentary film using animation medium to illustrate the memories of transgender Beyong.
The events at Europa Cinema continue at 1pm with World Panorama 1. The afternoon slots are booked for some of 2017 Animafest's central events, namely: a retrospective of Borivoj Dovniković Bordo (3.30pm), followed by a Q&A with the author, a lavish feature Louise by the Shore by Jean-François Laguionie about an old lady in an abandoned coastal town (5.30pm) and Grand Competition – Short Film 2 (8pm) with films like Manivald by Chintis Lundgren (a humorous metaphorical modern fable about an introvert gay fox), Amalimbo by Juan Pablo Libossart (a fascinating world of dystopian atmosphere and depths of a little girl's psyche), Ugly by Nikita Diakur, an animation combining dynamic simulation and puppet animation, High Summer by Josselin Facon, depicting summer pastoral Arcadia and one young man's physical awakening through magnificent classic drawings, Decorado by Alberto Vázquez (a non-linear surreal series of sketches about artificial world, products and emotions) and Tomasz Popakul's black and white SF Black.
The line-up at Europa wraps up with a screening of the controversial Chinese feature Have a Nice Day! (10pm), which was excluded from the Annecy festival due to political pressures. After Berlinale, Animafest is the first A-list festival to be screening this dark humour gangster neo-noir.
Tuškanac Cinema opens the programme with the Grand Competition – Short Film 6 (11am) and 5 (1pm) with films like The Pine Tree Villa (dir. Jan Koester, a combination of 2000 watercolour paintings of a film tape and complicated rotoscopy), Six God Alphabet Peter by Peter Millard with an absurdist stream of consciousness, Red Riding Hood redux by the world-renowned comic book author Danijel Žeželj, Špela Čadež's Nighthawk, characterised by poignant humour following a person from the margins of society, the sensual performative XOXO – Hugs & Kisses by Wiola Sowa, Heads Together by the Dutch Oscar-nominated collective Job, Joris & Marieke, with a funny mistaken identity storyline, and the allegorical Among the Black Waves by Anna Budanova.
The line-up of music videos, Cinema for the Ear is scheduled for 3.30pm, followed by Student Competition 1 (5.20pm) with films like Perfect Town by Anaïs Voirol, using psychedelic colours to portray a dystopian town, Breathless by Léa Krawczyk (a fantastic depiction of stage fright in blue and red hues), Less than Human (dir. Steffen Lindholm, a parable on exclusion with a bitter-sweet motif of a pacified zombie apocalypse), Bond, portraying a love relationship between a woman and a demonic cat, Lucija Mrzljak's Corner, BAFTA-nominated Tough by Jennifer Zheng, Poles Apart and the humorous What Is Your Brown Number?
The programme continues with a screening of Fritz the Cat (8pm) – Ralph Bakshi's iconic film based on the comics of the legendary indie scene master Robert Crumb. An obscene but deeply considered satire of the US youth culture and the iconic sixties acquired a controversial status of the first ever adults-only animation. After Fritz the Cat, a selection of short animated comic book adaptation, to the choice of Daniel Šuljić, will be screened (10pm).
Following two blocs of Children's Film Competition (1 and 2, 9.30am and 11.30am), a screening of My Life as a Courgette is scheduled to take place in Kinoteka – an impressive stop-motion film about bitter-sweet life in an orphanage. Family programme for 5+ age follows (5.30pm), as well as two Grand Competition – Feature Film entries: The Girl without Hands (8pm) – a fauvist adaptation of Grimm brothers' poignant fairy tale by Sébastien Laudenbach, and Where It Floods by American director Joel Benjamn – a story about a defiant family against water apocalypse in the desolate Midwest.
At 9.30am Chilloutka will host the fourth edition of the Animafest Scanner IIII symposium, discussing the contemporary role of festivals and comic books and animation, with Maureen Furniss as the keynote speaker. Maureen Furniss is an American animation historian and theoretician, the winner of Animafest's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies.
At 1pm, the exhibition Motion Comics: The Beginnings opens at ULUPUH Gallery. Motion comics are a contemporary form of comic books appearing with the development of internet and using elements of animation, such as panoramas, simple movements and sound. The exhibition is organised in association with the Swiss festival Fumetto from Lucerne.
A presentation of the American indie collective Late Night Work Club (LNWC), whose authors also compete in Grand Competition – Short Film, launches the events at Art Park. At 10pm LNWC are presenting their second film anthology Strangers. At Vinyl, at 11.30pm, Animafest's artistic director will be playing records at 45 turns, to celebrate the festival's 45th birthday.