Inside Encounters # 2 – ANI 7: Transitions

The River's Lazy Flow

The River’s Lazy Flow

Have you ever felt a longing to escape? Your country, your nightmares, your destiny? Join the characters of this seventh animation program, for a travel through time and space, where poetry meets melancholy.

In these fourteen films (some of them very short), words are secondary: the wide range of techniques immerses you into powerful universes.

In Hollow Land, a couple is trying to find a safe place to raise their child. After sailing the sea in a bathtub, they arrive in a hostile country where their dreams of wealth and happiness come to die. This beautiful cut-out animation film takes a political turn when the protagonists’ struggle for life becomes an act of resistance toward the authorities’ constant oppression.

In Devil in the room, oppression comes at night, shaped like a demon. This strange mixed-media documentary recounts the history of sleep paralysis attacks, giving scientific explanations to what was once considered as witchcraft or alien abduction. But far from being reassuring, the film prefers to remind us that ‘sleep is as close to death as we get’…

The boundaries between life and death are blurred all along the program, to such an extent that. Death eventually befriends Life in the naive and unexpectedly moving short film The Life of Death. And what if the Grim Reaper did no longer want to do what it is supposed to? What if the beauty of the world shook Its beliefs? Nature is a central element here, as in Immersed, Kurent, or Winter has come: as seasons go by, nature dies and awakens in an everlasting circle.

The River’s lazy flow is about coming-of-age memories. A man on holiday near a river remembers the last time he was here. He was thirteen and he had brought along this big girl from school. He wanted to grow up, she needed someone to talk to. A story of misunderstanding, sprinkled with Canadian humour and nostalgia.

All these stories are a transition from one world to another. Irish Folk Furniture, a charming stop-motion documentary, draws a line between past and present by talking about heritage. The subject – old pieces of furniture – could seem trivial, but is in fact an interesting reflection on what remains from our past, and how we can preserve it. Because ‘nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transforming’…

By Lucile Bourliaud