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Looking for Answers (15*) (International Competition 7)

London International Animation Festival 2019

a modern life compilation on a road

The backbone of the whole LIAF mission.

A forest hermit’s anxiety about the state of nature and our place in it, a class of students attempting to answer the seemingly simple question: what is the opposite of a gun, a dazzling journey in one travelling shot through sport, religion, pornography, politics, finance and surveillance, and a hybrid animated documentary film based on an entertaining yet disturbing lateral thinking puzzle. 

This is just some of the diverse, funny, moving and heartfelt stories explored in this compelling bunch of shorts.

Programme

Deepness of the Fry
An absurd existential crisis disguised as a collage film. Living in a world where everything’s been said, felt and done before, can anyone truly be unique?
Denmark 2019 Dir August Niclasen 4 min

My Generation
A mysterious vehicle driving in reverse on a 6-lane highway through every great plague of our time: art, data, sports, religion, sex, politics and finance.
France 2018 Dir Ludovic Houplain 8 min

Castle
During the period of the ‘Provinces of War’ many lives were lost. A castle architect discovers the possible role of a tearoom as a place for warriors to regain humanity.
Japan 2019 Dir Ryotaro Miyajima 5 min

Blieschow
Vast plains that seem to reach into the sky, colourful scenery and a red dog. This is how Tom experiences summer in Blieschow, his grandfather’s farm.
Germany 2019 Dir Christoph Sarow 10 min

The Opposites Game
A classroom erupts into a war of words as students grapple with a seemingly simple prompt: what is the opposite of a gun?
US 2019 Dir Anna Samo 5 min

The Six
A man, a woman and a crane, in six repeating scenes.
China 2019 Dir Xi Chen/Xu An 5 min

The Flood is Coming
A forest hermit tries to prepare for a flood, but he becomes distracted by his noisy neighbour – the hermit’s left eye.
Switzerland/UK 2018 Dir Gabriel Bohmer 9 min

Ratio Between Two Volumes
Everything in Mr Full’s days he finds fulfilling. He never forgets a memory or an emotion. On the contrary Mr Empty finds nothing to satisfy him – so he decides to go on a journey.
Portugal 2018 Dir Catarina Sobral 8 min

There were Four of us
Four characters are trapped in a room as they try to figure out the reason behind a death.
US 2019 Dir Cassie Shao 7 min

The Coin
In the Chinese New Year, finding the hidden coin inside of dumplings means having a blessed year ahead. When a woman loses her years worth of coins on a train, her life in a new country begins with a search to find them.
US/China 2019 Dir Siqi Song 7 min

Muedra
Life can spring from anywhere, nature can behave strangely and days can last for minutes. Although everything is familiar to us, nothing is what it seems in this place.
Spain 2018 Dir Cesar Diaz Melendez 9 min

Albatross Soup
A man gets off a boat. He walks into a restaurant and orders albatross soup. He takes one sip, pulls out a gun and shoots himself to death. So why did he kill himself?
US 2018 Dir Winnie Cheung 7 min

Candy Shop
Pills and capsules are choreographed into a cacophony of shape, colour and size, resulting in a satirical commentary about our infatuation with prescription drugs.
US 2019 Dir Patrick Smith 3 min
 

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