(Continues from Soviet Women Animators, part I)

7. Devotshka i zaitsy (Tyttö ja jänikset / The Girl and the Rabbits), dir. A. Gratshova, written by A. Deinego, 1985, 11 min. At a first glimpse this lyrical animation may seem simple, but it deals with heavy topic. The protagonist, a little girl, has to try to keep alive two rabbits and a fox. The story can be seen as a reference to the preparation of her role as a life giving and -sustaining woman. The behavior of the girls’ mother seems to support this idea. The individualized and gracefully moving characters focus on the enigmatic emotions of the little girl.

8. Ptitselov (Linnustaja / The Bird Hunter), dir. Jelena Prorokova, written by Zhanna Vitenzon, 1984, 10min. This animation presents the mind of a bird hunter in a mischievous way by reorganizing the manly attributes. Still the animation does not draw on any of the biases connected to hunting. The drawing is caricature like but extremely detailed.

9. Skazka o glupom muzhe (Satu tyhmästä aviomiehestä / The Tale of the Foolish Husband), dir. Jelena Prorokova, written by I. Margolina, 1986, 10min. The character of the lazy husband is often found in Russian folktales. Usually he is a simple, but good-hearted man who by sheer luck finds treasures and a beautiful girl to marry. In this version the husband is not only a fool, but also self-centered, irresponsible and a moaner. He leaves his wife for adventures, only to return back to her in the end. But who is the real fool of the story; the husband who left his perfect wife or the ever-forgiving wife?

10. S 9:00 DO 18:00 (FROM 9:00 TO18:00) dir. Jelena Prorokova, written by I. Margolina, 1987, 11min. Here one day in a woman’s life is broken down into pictures and sounds. The female protagonist is only shown in fragments as she hurries through the day fulfilling her duties; we see her as an eye in need of some retouching, or high-heeled shoes causing trouble. After an exhausting day the woman returns home, only to find that her second shift as a mother and wife starts there. Both the background and the subjects of the animation are in constant movement.

11. Komu povjom petshal moju? (Kelle kertoa suruni? / To whom can I tell my sorrow?), dir. Natalja Orlova, written by A. Ivanov, 1988, 11min. The story is based on two novels by Anton Chekhov. In this interpretation of a classic we find an orphan little boy neglected in the harsh world of adults. Not only do we observe his distress but we also get to see the world through his perspective. The story is set in the days of Chekhov, probably since it would have been too distressing to show the reality of the perestroika era.


SUN 15.4.2012, Juhlasali 15:30
Venue: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1 

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