Summer Shorts: Nordic Animation

Part of: Screenings at Strelka

strelka courtyard

The best animated films from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Space monkeys, breathtaking musicals, the privates lives of birds and the last Norwegian troll — voiced by Max von Sydow — the rich northern imagination meets the best animation schools in a special evening of Summer Shorts.

Heavy Heads
Denmark, 2011, 8 min.
Directed by Helena Frank
Monika leads a solitary life surrounded by dripping water and buzzing flies. Then suddenly an unexpected guest arrives and disrupts her way of life.
“Heavy Heads” was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Ansi Animation Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and others.

The Last Norwegian Troll (“Det Siste Norske Trollet”)
Norway, 2010, 13 min.
Directed by Pjotr Sapegins
Once upon a time, tolls roamed Norway freely. But those days are long gone. Today, the last troll — voiced by Max von Sydow — can’t even find peace and quiet under his bridge.
“Det Siste Norske Trollet” was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Oberhausen International Short-Film Festival, the Ansi Animation Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival and others. It received a special mention at the Ottawa International Animated-Film Festival and the Guanajuato International Film Festival.

Space Monkeys
Denmark, 2008, 8 min.
Directed by Jan Rahbek
An experienced spaceship captain and his assistant land on an unexplored planet. Their mission is simple: gather samples for analysis. But hostile natives and an intergalactic infection complicate matters.

Alien Repair Guy
Norway, 2012, 12 min.
Directed by Øystein Moe, Alexander Somma
A film about what happens above our heads. The earth’s control unit goes haywire. It looks like a routine job to an alien repair guy. But things are not as simple as they appear.

Love Birds
Denmark, 2000, 10 min.
Directed by Trylle Vilstrup
A bird in search of the love of his life goes on a blind date.

Finland, 2009, 8 min.
Directed by Jasmiini Ottelin, Pinja Partanen, and Elli Vuorinen
A lonely xylophonist finds a bump on his side. But when he tries to get rid of it, he realizes that it’s alive.
“Benigni” received an honorable mention at the Tampere International Short Film Festival.

My Grandmother Beijing (“Mi Bestemor Beijing”)
Norway, 2008, 10 min.
Directed by Mats Grorud
Beijing’s modernization through the eyes of a child playing with his elderly grandmother.
“My Grandmother Beijing” was screened at the Ottawa International Animated-Film Festival, Brazil’s Anima Mundi Animated Film Festival, the Haugesund International Film Festival, and others. It received an award for best short film at the Fredrikstad Animation Festival.

Bjorno and Bingo
Denmark 2004, 7 min.
Directed by Sabine Ravns
A black-and-white film about the friendship between Bingo, an awkward penguin, and Bjorno, a computer game-loving polar bear.
“Bjorno and Bingo” was screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.