A Hungarian film has been announced as one of the selected works at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, origo.hu reports.
The animated short film called The Noise of Licking (orig. A nyalintás nesze) by Nadja Andrasev will compete in the Cinéfondation Selection, a category that awards the best works submitted by film universities. In January, Andrasev’s short film won the Hungarian Film Critics Award, and it is the first Hungarian animated film to be selected for the Cinéfondation.
The nine-minute short film features a woman who is taking care of her exotic plants, while the neighbour’s cat is watching her every day. Their perverse game escalates, then one day the cat disappears. Next spring a mysterious guest arrives…
“My film was inspired by the short story Forgiveness by Ádám Bodor, which caught my attention because of its absurdity,” says director Nadja Andrasev. “The situation in which a woman is being spied on by an uninvited stranger during her everyday activities takes on a subtle sexual charge. The voyeuristic atmosphere reveals the characters’ life and struggles with loneliness, desires, self-destructive fetishes, while the story imperceptibly shifts between reality and fiction.”
The Sound of Licking was made at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund. It was produced by József Fülöp, edited by Judit Czakó, and the sound designer was Péter Benjámin Lukács. Following the premier in Cannes, the film is to compete at the Annecy Film Festival, the most important international event for animated films.
Nadja Andrasev was born in 1978, and earned her master’s degree in animation at MOME last year. She is currently working on her next film. In the last 10 years, she has worked on many feature films as second assistant, such as The Investigator; A Kind of America 2; Liza, the Fox-fairy, and Fresh Air, which was also a selected work at Cannes.
Check out the full list of animated films in the Cinefondation Selection.
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