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Two MOME Animated Shorts at Berlinale Shorts 2019


Hungarian directors Flóra Anna Buda and Luca Tóth talk to Zippy Frames.

At the 2019 edition of Berlinale Shorts, 24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award (endowed with 20,000 euros) and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.

Four animated shorts were selected, among which two Hungarian films from Flóra Anna Buda (Entropia) and Luca Tóth (Mr. Mare, a Hungarian/French co-production). ZIppy Frames talked to two women directors about their work:


Entropia, Flóra Anna Buda, Hungary, 10’ (World Premiere)

Entopia is a container of three parallel universes where three girls are living in different circumstances. One of them represents the animalistic side of human nature, one of them is a consumer fulfilled with her own frustrations, and the third one is living in a futuristic room where she has to run to keep the system work. Suddenly a fly flews over the three universes and make a bug in the system. Because of that bug the girls are able to move towards each other.

What was the inspiration?

My inspiration was to structure my thoughts about my own self and to understand people better around me through this process. Since I like to inspire from my own life, and recent problems, it was kind of a necessity to write this story. In MOME Animation department, where this film was born, we have a free hand to make up any stories we want. To use this nice opportunity I chose to make a film about self consciousness.

Why did you want to have this concept of 3 parallel universes?

From the first draft I knew that I will use at least two storylines because it was impossible to describe the character in one story. I was reading a lot about parallel realities, game logic and complex narrative structures because of my thesis I wrote on cognitive film theory. I also thing that if I want to be honest in my film I must describe myself as I experience it. And since I think people are existing in many levels, parallel universes were obvious. But soon it was visible that I need a third character, because I wanted to show the part of the self, which is working just in a meta level, to represent the brain processes and the power of thoughts and how we are locked in out mind sometimes.

How did you structure the film?

It was incredibly hard to find a balance between the three sets. I knew that the three universes has to fill out each other. I wanted to start by showing chaos to show the confusion I felt that time, and step by step pull together the three worlds and make it become one. I was also sure that this film won’t be easy to understand, and it is something you need to watch twice to get the point.


Mr. Mare (Lidérc úr) Luca Tóth, Hungary, France, 19’ (World Premiere)

A surreal animated chamber play, set in a ‘haunted’ claustrophobic space, in which we witness the dynamics of unrequited love as we follow the relationship of an oddly codependent pair.

a story around a character that only knows how to love somebody but doesn't have the tools to understand how he should be loved.

It all starts with a young man discovering a tumor like lump on his chest-that turns out to be the head of a tiny old man, nesting in his flesh. One day the little man disappears from the body, but not from the young man's life. The story goes through their weirdly codependent yet voyeuristic relationship, discovering the world from the point of view of Mr.Mare.

This is a calm and slow paced film, which is centered around the main character. Superbia on the other hand was a loud and vivid animation with a lot of shifts in point of view, so I would say the biggest difference is in the scale of focus. While Superbia was meant to show a certain changing moment in a fictional society, Mr.Mare offers a tight close up on one character's emotional growing only.


Source: Zippy Frames