1. Sestritsa Aljonushka i bratets Ivanushka (Aljonushka-sisar ja velipoika Ivanushka / Sister Aljonushka and brother Ivanushka), dir.Olga Hodatajeva, written by Vladimir Danilov, 1953, 11min. This folk-tale based animation tells the story of a thoughtless little-brother who despite his sisters warnings end up in the hands of a witch. The siblings are rescued by a prince charming-like character. The film can be seen as a pipe dream of order and the prevalence of a nuclear family in a chaotic society.
2. Fedorino gore ( (Fedoran harmi / Fedora’s worry), dir. & written by N. Tshervinskaja, 1974, 9min. The Soviet society was marked by more or less successful campaigns propagating facts from the rulers to the people. Most of the campaigns were however quickly forgotten. The story about Fedora’s worry does not lose its objectives, but presents them in a parodist way; one would have expected the campaign for better hygiene to have tackled the problem of cockroaches earlier. The only character in this puppet animation and mini-musical is a woman – matters of hygiene have often been the women’s responsibility. On the other hand, using a male protagonist could have taken focus of the main point.
3. Velosipedist (Pyöräilijä / The biker), dir. Lev Atamanov, written by Rosa Khusnutdinova, 1968, 6min. In this satirical and imaginative societal description a biker reaches all the milestones achieved by vehicles – the car, train even airplane. It is easy to perceive the competitiveness and desire for speed in the animation as manly attributes. But what happens when the bicycle eventually breaks down? The simple graphics of the animation accentuates the story and its energetic progression to the music of Vivaldi.
4. Utshitel penija (Laulunopettaja / The song teacher), dir. Anatoli Pterov, written by Rosa Khusnutdinova, 1968, 4min. This story of a song lesson is one of the pinnacles of Soviet animation. Realized in a cheerful tone an untalented hippopotamus enters the reception of the song teacher with the sole purpose of getting rid of the dedicated teacher. The grotesque events get a comic undertone by the fact that the teacher has difficulties to confront the pupil altogether. The lesson is given to the teacher instead of the pupil, but too late. The aesthetics of the animation is created using the greenish monochromatic tone.
5. Shkaf (Kaappi / The Cupboard), dir. Andrei Hrzhanovski, written by Rosa Khusnutdinova, 1971, 6min. In this socially critical animation, the viewer follows an almost sexually undefined character’s quest to create some extra space in a small studio apartment. In the suburbs, with its endless rows of similar buildings, the protagonist finds more room in a cupboard that keeps expanding on the inside. The avant-garde music written by Alfred Shnitke holds exerts from J.S. Bach and Vivaldi.
6. Babotshka (Perhonen / The Butterfly), dir. Andrei Hrzhanovski, written by Rosa Khusnutdinova, 1972, 10min. The philosophical tone of this animation leaves it open for interpretations. In an ever-changing urban landscape a pre-pubertal boy chases butterfly-like figures. Whatever the butterflies symbolizes in the beginning they soon become the only thing worth gaining for the boy.
SHORT ANIMATION FILMS: SOVIET WOMAN ANIMATORS, PART I
SUN 15.4.2012, Juhlasali 14:00
Venue: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1