All Her Dying Lovers

Germany, Czech Republic / 2020 / animated / 6' / Short Film Competition

It started with gossip in Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of World War II and ended with headlines in the international media in 2014. They say there was a nurse who was raped by the Nazis. Supposedly, she fell ill after that. Apparently, she decided to take revenge...The animation, on the basis of shreds of a tale, tries to reconstruct a story from the times of World War II, which is still alive, and pays tribute to its heroine. The residents of a Czech town become the narrators who retell the urban legend passed down by word of mouth. Their words are illustrated by drawings showing crimes in a figurative way, yet creating the atmosphere of dread and restlessness.

directed by
Anna BennerQ&A guest

Artist working across animation, drawing and installation. Her work deals with psychology and emotions, often using hand-drawn rotoscope animation. Her animated short films have screened worldwide and won prizes at international film festivals like KFF, Annecy, Encounters and Stuttgart Trick Film Festival. Filmography: “The Squirrel and the Penguin” (2011), “Tis the Season” (2013), “Through the Hawthorn” (2013) (KFF student jury prize 2014, ITFS Grand Prix 2014), “Cernobila/Black&White” (2019).

Eluned Zoe AianoQ&A guest

Filmmaker, editor and translator with a background in Visual Anthropology whose work is generally centred on Central/Eastern Europe. She is currently working on her first feature documentary in Serbia. She also writes about film and is a regular contributor to the East European Film Bulletin. Filmography: “Flotacija” (2021),“Cernobila/Black&White” (2019), “Imam pesmu da vam pevam/I Have a Song to Sing You” (2018), “Almut” (2014).

animated by
Anna Benner
cast
Lioba Grunow
music
Raphael Tschernuth
sound
Michał Krajczok, Vojtěch Knot
production
Anna Benner, Linda Dědková (ZLA films), Martin Hulovec
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All Her Dying Lovers
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