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Apodemy

5 minutes – 2013 – short animation

A flock of birds circles and moves a cage vehicle, seeking escape from a city half-finished and abandoned, with roads interrupted by fragments of fallen statues.

CREDITS

A film by Katerina Athanasopoulou
Original Music by Jon Opstad
Violin: Claire Wheeler
Commisioned by the Onassis Cultural Center for Visual Dialogues 2012

Studio: kineticat

Reviews

Plato likens the human soul with a cage, where knowledge is birds flying. We’re born with the cage empty and, as we grow, we collect birds and they go in the cage for future use. When we need to access knowledge we put our hand in the cage, hunt for a bird – and sometimes catch the wrong one.

Ornithology uses the term “Zugunruhe” to describe the turbulent behaviour of birds before they migrate, whether free or caged.

These two images, birds inhabiting the human soul and the distress of the migrating bird became the starting points for this film, commissioned on the theme of Emigration.

A flock of birds circles and moves a cage vehicle, seeking escape from a city half finished and abandoned, with roads interrupted by fragments of fallen statues. Those hands are simultaneously the pursuit of knowledge and also the heroes/leaders of the past that we have rejected but are still haunting us.

In a time when Europe seems to be imploding, this is my portrait of Athens.

LUMEN PRIZE
Winner
BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS
Best Commissioned Animation Finalist
LONDON GREEK FILM FESTIVAL
Best Animation
ANIMASYROS
Best Greek Animation
LUKUSZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Official Competition
SOUNDTRACK COLOGNE
Nominated for the Peer Raben Award
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Official Competition
AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Official Competition
KLIK! AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Official Competition
BELO HORIZONTE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Official Competition
HOLLAND ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Official Competition

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