Mister De Vries (93) sits at his window awaiting his death. Until one cold winter day he is surprised by the arrival of a parcel. When he subsequently sees a pigeon flying off he knows that this is no ordinary message. His time has come. Mister De Vries momentarily hesitates to open it. When he chances it, he finds his old Frisian skates. There’s only one thing to be done.
Made for NTR kort! 2012
Financial support: NTR, Netherlands Filmfund, CoBo
Produced by Viking Film Marleen Slot
Director: Mascha Halberstad
Script/Screenplay: Fiona van Heemstra
Animation: Huub Kistemaker
Intern: Marije van Ouwerkerk
Sound Design: Jeroen Nadorp
Composer: Miguel Boelens
• Netherlands Film Festival, September 2013
• International Youth Film Festival, Turkey, May 2013
• Femina Festival, Brazil, July 2013
• Cinefiesta, Puerto Rico, July 2013
• Filmfestival Nueva Mirada, Argentina, August 2013
• Brazilian Kids Festival, Brazil, September 2013
• Milano Film Festival, Italy, September 2013
• Encounters Film Festival, UK, September 2013
• Athens Film Festival, Greece, September 2013
• Le Carrousel du Rimouski, Canada, September 2013
• Kerry Film Festival, Ireland, October 2013
• Schlingel Film Festival, Germany, October 2013
• St Louis International Film Festival, USA, November 2013
• Golden Elephant Children Festival, India, November 2013
Winner international short and animation film award Schlingel Film Festival, Germany
"Abita", animated short film about Fukushima children who can't play outside because of the radioactivity. About their dreams and realities.
Kinder in Fukushima können auf Grund der radioaktiven Strahlung nicht mehr in der Natur spielen.
Denn die Natur ist nicht dekontaminierbar.
Dies ist nur eine Geschichte von 360.000 Kindern, die zu Hause bleiben und von ihrer Freiheit in der Natur träumen und die Wirklichkeit erleben.
Graduation film by
Shoko Hara und Paul Brenner,
Sound Design and Music: Lorenz Schimpf
Prof. Klaus Birk
DHBW Ravensburg, Media Design
Best Animated Film, International Uranium Filmfestival, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
Special Mention, Back-up Filmfestival, Weimar, 2013
International Festival of Animated Film ITFS 2013, BW-Rolle
Japanese Symposium, Bonn, 2013
Nippon Connection, 2013
International Uranium Filmfestival, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
International Uranium Filmfestival, Munich, 2013
International Uranium Filmfestival, New Mexico, 2013
International Uranium Filmfestival, Arizona, 2013
International Uranium Filmfestival, Washington DC, 2013
International Uranium Filmfestival, New York City, 2013
Back-up Filmfestival, Weimar, 2013
Mediafestival, Tübingen, 2013
zwergWERK - Oldenburg Short Film Days, 2013
Konstanzer Filmfestspiele, 2013
Green Citizen’s Action Alliance GCAA, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013
Stuttgart Night, Cinema, 2013
Yerevan, Armenien, ReAnimania, 2013
Minshar for Art, The Israel Animation College, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2013
IAD, Warschau, Gdansk, Wroclaw/Polen, 2013
IAD (BW-Rolle, Best of IC, Best of TFK) Sofia, Bulgarien, 2013
05. November 2013: Stuttgart Stadtbibliothek (BW-Rolle) , 2013
PISAF Puchon, Southkorea, (BW-Rolle, Best of IC, Best of TFK) , 2013
Freiburg, Trickfilm-Abend im Kommunalen Kino (BW-Rolle), Freiburg, 2013
Zimbabwe, ZIMFAIA (BW-Rolle, Best of IC, Best of TFK), Zimbabwe, 2013
18. Dezember 2013: Böblingen – Kunstverein Böblingen (BW-Rolle)
21.-22. Dezember 2013: Schorndorf - Kino Kleine Fluchten (BW-Rolle, Best of IC, Best of TFK)
Green Film Festival 2014, Screening, Seoul / Korea
Kulturzentrum Rote Fabrik "Day of Fukushima", Zurich, Switzerland, 2014
Verlassenschaften, Performances, Lesung und Filme zum 3. Jahrestag der Fukushima-Katastrophe, Munich, 2014
Video Art Exhibition, Theatre Museum, Taiwan, March 2014
Echoes of Eco, Video Art Exhibition, February 2014, Sochi Winter Theatre, Russia
IKIRU - Leben! – Exhibition, University Duisburg – Essen, 2014
27. August 2014: Künzelsau - Galerie am Kocher (BW-Rolle)
Movie Night for the anniversary of the Fukushima desaster,Zurich, 2014
August 15, 2014 is the 35th Anniversary of the U.S. premiere of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness.
Joseph Conrad's story is about a boat captain named Marlow who travels along a river deep into "the heart of an immense darkness" in order to find a man named Kurtz. One of the many themes of Heart of Darkness is the idea that a person can lose their mind the further they travel away from civilization into the unknown.
This theme is paralleled in Apocalypse Now and by Coppola's own journey in completing his most personal film. The documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse is a compilation of Eleanor Coppola's interviews, on-the-set footage and secret audio recordings of her husband at his most exposed moments. Coppola's many struggles included an unfinished script, Marlon Brando showing up overweight, typhoons destroying entire sets and Martin Sheen having a heart attack during production.
The above cut is a mix of Orson Welles' reading of Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now and the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.