Grand Prize goes to….

…TITO ON ICE!!! We are very happy to announce that Ottawa International Animation Film Festival has awarded our film the Grand Prize for feature film 2013! The motivation by the jury reads “for its daring use of the medium”…. read review of TITO ON ICE by Cinemablographer here (click)!

After years of work this kind of recognition means a lot! This film is produced without external funding, with only a few people involved. That this kind of film can reach an audience anyway proves that you can achieve something good even with small means, and we hope this award will encourage others to work with what they have… this is not saying films don’t need funding and other support, but big budgets sometimes inhibits creativity.

Thank you so much for your support, all of you!!!

Helena Ahonen on set.

Helena Ahonen on set.

Filmfest Hamburg

Finally, the long-awaited German Premiere of TITO ON ICE – a Swedish-German co-production partly filmed in Berlin – will be celebrated at Filmfest Hamburg!  The film will be presented as a part of the main section Agenda 13. Directors Helena Ahonen and Max Andersson will be present to meet the audience and introduce the premiere screening on Monday, 30 September.

Vancouver International Film Festival

Following the Canadian Premiere in the capital Ottawa, TITO ON ICE will travel to meet the west coast audiences at Vancouver International Film Festival.

Three screenings are scheduled within the Arts and Letters section:

“Embarking on a barnstorming tour of the former Yugoslavia, graphic novelists Max Andersson and Lars Sjunneson (Bosnian Flat Dog) cart along a macabre papier-mâché “mummy” of Marshal Josip Broz Tito encased in a refrigerator. At border crossings, intimidating guards are reduced to giddy fans, clambering for photos with the late dictator’s effigy. Subsequent stops prove stranger still: artisans incorporate the shells that destroyed their cities into their handicrafts… a makeshift gallery of illustrations is found on the walls of a decimated apartment block… a collector has amassed a menagerie of “mutant” Mickey Mouse figurines originating from former communist countries…

Only heightening their journey’s surreal nature are the astonishing stop-motion animation sequences conceived by Andersson (who shares directing credit with Helena Ahonen). Dramatically shot in 8mm and featuring dozens of sets handcrafted from refuse, these fantastical interludes offer a cracked-mirror reflection of a real world in which recognizable borders—on both maps and in art—have fallen. Furthermore, they pay tribute to the scrappy DIY spirit that inspires individuals to pull themselves from the wreckage and strive to create spaces for art to happen, simply because it’s something that needs to happen. Guided by a propulsive soundtrack of Balkan new wave and punk, Tito on Ice is a freewheeling exploration of the enduring power of icons and the importance of identity, be it national or personal.

(VIFF review of Tito on Ice)

Original artwork exhibition

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Until 15 September, a large part of the miniature buildings, vehicles and characters designed by Max Andersson (in part together with Lars Sjunnesson) from recycled materials for the TITO ON ICE movie sets will be on display in Berlin.

For the event, Max Andersson has created a temporary site-specific installation within the construction “Mobile House” by Japanese architect and artist Kyohei Sakaguchi.

The presentation is a part of the exhibition “Comics aus Berlin. Bilder einer Stadt” organized by the Berlin International Literature Festival (ilb), and also includes comics, drawings and prints by Max and other Berlin-based artists.

Opening hours: Wednesday 4 September – Sunday 15 September, daily 15 – 20h

Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Foyer), Shaperstr. 24, Berlin

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