The Elf and the Robot >

The Elf and the Robot is the the magical tale of a mischievous little toy who escapes from his box before Christmas morning. How will Santa's little helper manage to get him back in?

Mirage 1974 >

Filmed directly from color television controlled by computer programs. Beautifully flowing shapes that overlap and intertwine.

Mathoms 1972 >

A playful concoction of computer produced images, a few hand-animated scenes and shots of lab equipment. Made largely from left-overs from scientific research.

Metamorphic 1991 >

It is well known that the disposition of the images drawn by Escher are neither for animation nor for pre-animation; actually, quite the opposite. His images appear to be the carrying out of metamorphic dissolves. A bird gives way to the recognition of a house, which turns into fish, which turns into birds, and so on. Not a single flapping of wings takes place; everything is reiterated and fixed, becoming immersed in and re-emerging from a static continuum. All of Escher is an homage to one of the major animating forces of the cinema: the cross-dissolve. Precisely there, I found cinematic attitudes: in the house which turns into fish and in everything that transforms into something else. I gradually managed to figure out various types of non-existent sequences and then finally found myself dissolved, crossing over metamorphically. —P.G.

The Cat and the Tune 1977 >

A flute playing cat leads a band composed of animals. The animated images accompany a recording of 'Eye Level'. Cats, mice, tigers, monkeys, camels, penguins, birds, as well as, a bear, a cheetah, an elephant, and a seagull appear with stop-clock precision to play instruments featured in the recording at appropriate points in the sound track. The flute-playing cat vies with a lion bandmaster in leading the band.

Impulse 1977 >

An early experimental abstract animation, made by drawing directly on to 16mm film.

Master of Ceremonies 1987 >

A house burns to the ground and the occupants perish. As the fire rages through the house, the family's efforts to escape are futile. Doors, walls, objects stand in the way. As the dying transform into spirits, the voices of the house resonate. Before they head to wherever it is spirits go, death decides to put on a nice little vaudeville show to cheer up the recently dead. Only in death do we truly silence ourselves.

Poet of His People 1978 >

Pablo Neruda’s life unfolds and becomes the basis for the symbolic representation of his poem “Barcarola”, intermixing live action, still footage, computer images, dance and poetry.

The Kings of Siam 1992 >

A pair of Siamese Twins live and work as part of a travelling fair. One dreams of being a rock and roll star, while the other dreams of scoring the winning goal for England in the 1966 World Cup final.

Area 88 Act III: Burning Mirage 1986 >

Shin Kazama, tricked and forced into flying for the remote country of Aslan, can only escape the hell of war by earning money for shooting down enemy planes or die trying. Through the course of the series, Shin must deal with the consequences of killing and friends dying around him as tries to keep his mind on freeing himself from this nightmare.

Conditioner >

An audition for a conditioner commercial becomes an otherworldly psychogenic experience. Bold colors and pure style take precedent in this animated journey through place and mind.

Perpetoom >

A drinking bird toy is sick and tired about his routine life. When the lights turn off, he comes to life and try to escape from his perpetual movement.

Wanda Runs >

When difficulties arise, Wanda simply runs from her problems. Fortunately, she does not have to run alone!

A Feather Tale 1992 >

In this animated short, a woman, taking on her lover's fantasies, adorns herself in her finest feathers and assumes a seductive but demeaning role. Caught up in his own game, the man plays on to the bitter end--a cruel game in which love is stripped of its golden glow, leaving only the naked reality of dependency and desperation.

Huíshēng >

Tao-Tao the baby rabbit has arguments with their friends, then discovers echoes.

The Devil’s Bride: A Mill Legend 1990 >

The river that passes through the mill has dried out. The miller and his daughter are frantic: how can they deliver the huge amount of flour needed for the wedding at the castle? The devil promises to help, but only if the girl follows him to hell; but the girl’s true love chases the devil away and builds a levee. The devil is very angry and whips up a bad storm that destroys the mill… and then proposes to rebuild it in exchange for the girl. The miller accepts the offer, but keeps one nail hidden! Without the nail, the devil loses the bet and the girl celebrates marries her beloved. (Quelle: DEFA Film Library)

Spectators 1989 >

Based on a true incident involving a fatal riot at a Brussels football stadium, Spectators explores the behavior of crowds and the manipulation of the masses. At once ambiguous and deeply revealing, the film captures the emotional state of an audience gradually losing control.