THE LAST BUS (15', Slovakia, 2011)

 

Rewarded with Prix de la Jeunesse at Clermont-Ferrand and the Grand Prize at Tampere, THE LAST BUS is a disturbing fable about the complexity of human nature, situated in the animal world. With a daring visual approach, which combines animation and live action and in which the actors wear animal masks, the film tells the story of a dangerous escape of the forest animals, while trying to get away from hunters. Reminding of nightmarish scenes from mankind’s history (such as the escape of refugees from Nazi-occupied territories during World War II), THE LAST BUS places the notions of good and evil under the magnifying glass of relativism, dealing, at a deeper level, with the dark side of human nature which breaks loose in crisis situations, with fear, cowardice, submission and anger.

Director: MARTIN SNOPEK, IVANA LAUČÍKOVÁ

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Cast: IVAN MARTINKA, MICHAL ROVŇÁK, VÍT BEDNÁRIK, VLADO ZBOROŇ, ZUZANA POLONSKÁ, PETER SKALA, JOANNA KOZUCH, ĽUDMILA DEMETEROVÁ

Screenplay: PATRIK PAŠŠ JR., MARTIN SNOPEK

Cinematography: JURAJ CHLPÍK

Editing: FRANIŠEK KRÄHENBIEL

Music: JAKUB URSÍNY

Sound: RÓBERT BARČÁK

Producer: IVANA LAUČÍKOVÁ

Production: FEEL ME FILM S.R.O.



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Both directors have studied Animation in Film and Television, at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and have worked as screenwriters, animators and art-designers. MARTIN SNOPEK’s (b.1974, Bratislava) diploma film EVERYDAY GRAZING (2001) was awarded the student prize at Animafest Zagreb and two of his short films were distributed in cinemas in Slovakia as pre-films. Author of the 2006 PIK AND NIK, he is currently working as graphic designer and teacher. IVANA LAUCIKOVA (b. 1977, Partizánske) established in 2006 the production company feel me film and made her entrance as a producer with an animated short by Ivana Šebestová, FOUR. Founder and editor-in-chief of a magazine on animated film, “Homo Felix”, she also helds courses at the Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Prix de la Jeunesse - Clermont Ferrand 2012 / Grand Prix - Tampere 2012 / Grand Prix - Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2012 / Edinburgh IFF 2012 / Moscow IFF 2012 / Sofia IFF 2012 / Grand Prix - New Vision IFF Kiev 2012 / Grand Prix – ANIMATEKA 2011 (more than 20 festival selections)

 

"We frequently believe that we are doing the right thing, that we are empathetic and just. We have no doubt that, if and when required, we will stand on the side of good. However, it’s easy to behave like a hero when we are not threatened. Are we able to reveal our true nature before we get a baptism of fire? The heroes of our story show themselves to be cowards, and the cowards find unsuspected courage. It makes it difficult to deliver a judgment when an eternal villain saves someone’s life and a good person fails in the most important thing in life. Can such a weakness ever be exonerated?" (MARTIN SNOPEK)

 

"Reminiscing on one side the postwar 50s and bringing forth at the same time an entire physiology of fear, the getaway’s story is rounded up by resourceful costume and set-design details, that hold together the general concept of anthropomorphism. RÓBERT BARČÁK’s sound-design and JAKUB URSíNY’s unsettling music enhance at a sensorial level feelings such as fear, cowardice, resignation or anger. The subjective nightmarish point of view of the runaway and the surrealist 3D illusion of the rescue ship at the ending are cunning directors’ choices that turn THE LAST BUS into a crafty allegory of the frightening complexity of the human nature, brought to surface in critical situations." (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012)

 

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