Animals

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    Animals

    Tiere

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Austria, Poland

    2017

    95 min

    • French
    • German

    Thriller

    A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick which ultimately leave them both incapable of being certain exactly where they are: in the real world, in their own imaginations – or in someone else’s imagination.

    Awards

    • Special Mention (Emerging Swiss Talent Award) - Zurich FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Birgit Minichmayr
    Philipp Hochmair
    Mona Petri
    Mehdi Nebbou
    Screenplay
    Jörg Kalt
    Greg Zglinski
    Cinematography
    Piotr Jaxa
    Editing
    Karina Ressler
    Music
    Bartosz Chajdecki

    Director's Statement

    I feel drawn to this story in a magical way. The first time I read the screenplay I had the feeling that I had touched on the secret of life and death. I had the feeling that the world is much bigger than we see and experience it in everyday life. And I had the feeling that this is real. I would like to pass on this feeling to the audience of the film. It’s a game with perspectives. Who is imagining whose existence? Or is he imagining somebody who is in turn imagining something else? Who is true? Who is really there? In whose head is this film happening? And what is the role of the animals? It’s the logic of a dream that evades our usual experience of perception. However, it is above all the story of a man and a woman who try to find a way to each other but have a hard time because they seem not to live in the same reality. Isn’t it in fact the case that, when emotions come into play, we lose all feeling for space and time? And in the final analysis, aren’t we all alone with our emotions? This story is a mystery, one that only allows us to sense that behind the visible world there is another, invisible, one.

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    Press

    Greg Zglinski directs [the actors] in an almost choreographical fashion through daring shots.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    A gem born from the minds of two brilliant directors who share a passion for the mysteries of the human psyche.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Greg Zglinski

    Greg Zglinski

    Poland

    Film is the perfect medium for showing dreams

    Born in 1968 in Warsaw, Greg Zglinski is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, film and sound editor as well as a former guitar and bass player in several rock music formations. He studied in the directing department of the Polish National Academy for Film, Television and Theatre (PWSFTViT) in Lodz where he attended the class of Krzysztof Kieslowski. Wymyk is his first feature film, and ANIMALS (2017) was part of the Berlinale Forum.

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