Archive of films The Bug Trainer / Vabzdžių dresuotojas

Lithuania / Poland / Japan / Germany
2008, 53 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2008

For celebrated American animators the Quay brothers, Moscow native of Polish descent Ladislas Starewitch (1882–1965) is a film alchemist; for other specialists who appear in this playful and deftly edited profile, he is a film pioneer who, at the dawn of animation, invented all his special effects himself.


Synopsis

Ladislas Starewitch (1882–1965) only gets two small mentions in Georges Sadoul’s Histoire générale du cinéma. Yet this artist, who has been adapted by the Russians, as well as the Poles and the Lithuanians, nicknamed the “European Disney”, is today considered one of the most ingenious figures in world cinema. Back in 1910 he shocked audiences with a film in which he managed to set various insects in motion and is thus regarded as the founder of puppet animation. He used all kinds of real insects and bugs; he first killed them, then threaded wires through them and brought them to life for the film screen. He was also one of the first to make a parody on the film industry itself, using the motif “film within a film”. For celebrated American animators the Quay brothers, Starewitch is a film alchemist; for other specialists who appear in this playful and deftly edited profile, he is a film pioneer who, at the dawn of animation, invented all his special effects himself. And for loved-up Bug, one of his most famous characters, wittily guiding viewers through the film, he is God.

About the director

Screenwriter and director Donatas Ulvydas (1975, Lithuania) graduated in film direction and television and film production from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1999. He has been the creative force behind more than 150 commercials and 40 music videos for which he has garnered a number of national awards. His documentary films have included Foje filme 14 (2000) and Europokeris (2002). Director and screenwriter Linas Augutis (1962, Lithuania) studied scenography and video art in the Vilnius Academy of Art. In the 1990’s he screened his short films at various festivals with a great deal of success. His documentary filmography includes: The Constitution of Lithuania (2002), To Reach a Star (2003). Director Marek Skrobecki (1951, Poland) is a specialist in puppet animation. He graduated from the Academy of Art and the National Film School of Poland in Łódź. He is the creator of the award-winning animated films D.I.M. (1992), Ichthys (2005) and Peter and the Wolf (2007).

Contacts

Era Film
K. Ladygos str. 1 - 119, 09001, Vilnius
Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 278 8187
Fax: +370 5 278 8187
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.erafilm.lt

About the film

Color, HD CAM
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Donatas Ulvydas, Linas Augutis, Marek Skrobecki
Dir. of Photography: Ramūnas Greičius
Music: Linas Rimša
Editor: Audrius Naujalis
Producer: Rasa Miskinyte
Production: Era Film
Contact: Era Film

Guests

Donatas Ulvydas

Film Director, Film Director

Linas Augutis

Film Director, Film Director


Rasa Miskinyte

Producer

Ramunas Greičius

Director of Photography


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