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Untravel

DirectorAna Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr.
ProducerJelena Mitrovic – Bas Celik; Peter Badac – BFILM, Eva Pavlovicova – Your Dreams Factory
AnimationAna Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr.
EditorMilina Trisic
CastMasa Mileusnic (voice)
SoundVladimir Jankovic, Aleksandar Protic
MusicDusan Petrovic
ScreeningFriday 9 November | 17:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 11 November | 12:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original TitleNEPUTOVANJA
Year2018
Length9 min
CountrySerbia/Slovakia
SubtitlesEnglish
SectionSHORT FILMS by GREAT MASTERS

A girl from a grey city surrounded by a huge wall tells a story about the relationship between personal and political boundaries and the far-reaching consequences of living in an isolated country.

Synopsis

Premiered at this year’s Berlinale, this stop motion animation and plasticine puppets short takes us on the ride into the depths of a childhood in an isolated country. A girl who never travelled anywhere is torn between living within the borders of the grey world and a desire to reach out to the unknown world called ‘Abroad’. Crowned with the Grand prix at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival and Animator Festival in Poznan, ‘Untravel’ questions whether sticking to the status quo is a right choice and explores the complex relationship between patriotism, tourism and emigration. What is the contrast between the romantic ideal of a tourist travel and the need to escape the country where the basic livelihood of people is endangered?

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Berlin International Film Festival, 2018 | Martovski Festival, Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, 2018 – Grand Prix | Animator, International Animated Film Festival, Poznan 2018 – Grand Prix | Animafest, Zagreb 2018 | Fest Anca International Animation Festival, Bratislava 2018 | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2018

Director’s bio

Nikola Majdak Jr. was born in Slovenia in 1972. He has an MFA from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Camera Department. For the past 20 years he has been a freelance cameraman, animator, director and lecturer.
Ana Nedeljkovic was born in Belgrade in 1978. She graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She was awarded a PhD in art practice at the same faculty. She is a visual artist working in the media of drawing, installation and animated film, and is also active in art education.
Their first film, ‘Rabbitland’ (2013), was awarded the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale. It has also received numerous other awards and has been shown at more than a hundred festivals worldwide.