Festival Fantoche Baden 2022

A selective survey by Giuseppe Di Salvatore

FAR AWAY - When the film is a trip

Going far away: we can also expect this from a film, to explore new territories, other visual languages, even to create a different, parallel world, and this seems to be a natural talent that animation films have. Which is particularly welcomed today, in a moment when the films tend to interpret the urge of a political commitment, imposing upon themselves the tasks of information and claim.

For the 2021 edition of Fantoche Festival I stressed some formal features that make the specificity of animation films, such as the minimalist style or the opacity of the medium. Other features that I’ve equally mentioned, like the poetic suspension or the non-explanatory storytelling, will now be in focus for my survey of the International and National Competitions at the Fantoche Festival 2022. Together with the films of the guest artist Adriaan Lokman, eight titles perfectly exemplify the idea that…

The film is a trip

Nice stories

Together with these eight trips the Fantoche Festival showed at least eight very enjoyable stories: with light and colourful accents, as in...
IDODO, by Ursula Ulmi | LOST BRAIN, by Isabelle Favez | LA REINE DES RENARDS, by Marina Rosset
or with darker and disturbing ones, like...
STEAKHOUSE, by Spela Cadez | BESTIA, by Hugo Covarrubias
and again:
A DOG UNDER BRIDGE, by Rehoo Tang | THE RECORD, by Jonathan Laskar | ETHEL, by Beatrice Jäggi

A last mention goes to original and accomplished works such as

ANSCHT, by Matthias Huber
OUR 2, by Yungsung Song
ALL THE BLUE CATS LOOK LIKE THE SAME COLOUR, by Wenzhe Xu
THE SOMRTLYBACKS COME BACK!, by Ted Sieger

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