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Feb 22, 2015 6:00 PM


Word, look, touch, gesture. All of these can bridge the space among us, but at the same time destroy everything we were building for years. Communication is ensemble of fragile things, webs and pieces, which are connecting us together and tearing us apart in next moment. It is also the theme of short films in our program Fragility.

Annual screening of international animated short films exploring the fragility of our existence featuring films by  Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt  (UK),  Soňa Jelínková (CZ), Greg Jardin (US), Victor Carrey (ES), Christopher Kezelos (AU), Mathieu Labaye (BE), Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen (FI),  and Karel Zeman (CZ).

In collaboration with iShorts (Petr Horak a Petr Koubek).

The Labyrinth (Belgium)
Director: Mathieu Labaye, Animated Film, 9 min, 2013
The Labyrinth is an experimental animation about the perception of time in jail.

Through the Hawthorn (UK)
Directors: Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt, Animated Film, 8 min, 2014
Sam has stopped taking his medication - he still doesn't think he is ill. His mother found him swimming naked in a freezing river in the middle of the night. The doctor thinks Sam should try a different medication. Three directors follow one of the characters through their experience of the session in a triptych exploring three very different senses of reality.

Emergency calls (Finland)
Directors: Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen, Experimental Film, 15 min, 2013
Being human is a fragile and fleeting opportunity to experience life and the universe around us. In the face of overwhelming darkness all we can do is to rely on and find solace in one another.
This film is based on authentic emergency calls and radio traffic.

Comely Face (Sličná tvář) (Czech Republic)
Director: Soňa Jelínková, Animated Film, 10 min, 2012
Animated spiritual film about how a soul, wearied by duties and orders, is visited by the Snake in the night, the Snake that becomes its guide in the Darkness. In the Darkness, where the Soul finds the strength not to be oppressed. In the Darkness, where the Soul discovers what it could still become.

La huída (Spain)
Director: Victor Carrey, Animated Film, 11 min, 2011
Chewing gum . A dog leash. An Australia shaped stain on the wall. A bent traffic light... Each of these elements has its own story, even though all of them together can create a new plot.

Inspiration (Inspirace) (Czech Republic)
Director: Karel Zeman, Animated Film, 11 min 1949
An artist lacking inspiration stares out of the window at the pouring rain when, suddenly, he gets kissed by the muse.

The Zero (Australia)
Director: Christopher Kezelos, Animated Film, 13 min, 2010
Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.

Floating (USA)
Director: Greg Jardin, Animated Film, 9 min, 2014
An urban love story about a character made entirely of balloons who feels lost and/or ostracized amongst a large metropolitan diaspora.


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Feb 22, 2015 6:00 PM


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