Coming Home

Austria / 2019 / animated / 4' / Short Film Competition

Abandoned streets of New York, taxicabs on fire and a bow arrow shot at the statue of Abraham Lincoln. This is the day when Donald Trump announces that "cowboys lost to Indians". The animation shows the vision of America which is being re-settled by its indigenous peoples, while its current inhabitants have to go back home. Where will Woody Allen, Bruce Lee or Robert de Niro go? A film about the US immigration policy, the fear of immigrants and colonialism observed from a distance and presented in the comic book style. The director employs stereotypes, pop culture visual clichés and images of famous people to reflect upon the meaning of the word "stranger".

directed by
Benjamin Swiczinsky

Born in Korneuburg (Austria). He worked as editor for several Austrian production companies and television networks. In 2006-2011 he studied animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In 2011 he co-founded the group "Nöt". His film “Heldenknazler” has won many awards at international film festivals. He directed many episodes of the animated TV-series “Lilly the Witch”, as well as the title sequel for the Tom Hanks movie “A Hologram for the King” and the feature documentary “Tracking Edith”. In 2018 he created his first graphic novel about the famous Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer.

cinematography
Benjamin Swiczinsky
script
Benjamin Swiczinsky
animated by
Benjamin Swiczinsky
music
Bobby Vinton
editing
Benjamin Swiczinsky
production
Benjamin Swiczinsky, Conrad Tambour, Johannes Schiehsl (NÖT - Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm)
Photo
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