Section: POLSKIE HORYZONTY: The Female Gaze

Alois Nebel

Alois Nebel

Tomáš Luňák
Czech Republic, Germany, Slowakia, 2011, 84 Min

A black and white animated film takes us back to the Jeseník Mountains of 1989: Alois Nebel is dispatcher at a small-town station. As a child he witnessed the expulsions of the deported Germans, one of whom was the young Dorothe. Not a word was heard of her since, that is until a mysterious mute turns up in town.

The Match Factory

The small station of Bílý Potok, located in the midst of the Jeseník Mountains, strikes the casual observer as the very definition of the middle of nowhere. The trains that pass through have been accompanied by many a traumatic chapter from the history of the 20th century however. Melancholic station master Alois Nebel has seen it all; at times the burden, and his senses, grow heavy. Colleague Wachek takes advantage of the situation to have him shut up in an insane asylum, where Nebel encounters the mute with a score to settle.

An enthralling film based on the graphic novel by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99 enjoys cult status back in its native Czech Republic. With the characters reminiscent of well-known Czech actors, their vivid gestures rendered in thick, black outlines, this outstanding contribution towards a critical examination of a recent chapter from the history of Central Europe won the 2012 European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film. CF

DCP | s/w / b/w
Jaroslav Rudiš, Jaromír 99
Jan Baset Střítežský
Petr Kružík
Petr Říha
Jaromír 99, Henrich Boráros
Ondřej Ježek, Petr Kružík
Miroslav Krobot, Marie Ludvíková, Karel Roden, Leoš Noha, Alois Švehlík, David Švehlík, Tereza Voříšková
Thanassis Karathanos, Karl Baumgartner
Pallas Film GmbH
Negativ Film Productions, Tobogang
The Match Factory
Kristina Söll
Balthasarstraße 79-81
50670 Cologne
Tel.: +49.221.5397.09 51
Tomáš Luňák

Tomáš Luňák - born 1974 in Zlín, ČSSR. He studied animation direction at the Zlín Film School and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. Since his graduation he has been directing a number of rock videos and industrials. ALOIS NEBEL is his feature film debut.

ŠEPOT (1995, short, anim)
EXPEDICE (1998, short, anim)
AKROBAT (2000, short, anim)
ČTVRTEK, PÁTEK (2000, short, anim)

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