Computer Animation/Film/VFX

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In The Distance

Florian Grolig (DE)


Actually, he has everything he needs—a window to peer out of, a plant growing and flourishing in the sun, a chicken to keep him company. But all around him the noise keeps getting louder, the planes are flying lower, the bombs striking closer to his home. And the people too, they’re becoming more intrusive, want to come up to where he is. But he’ll have none of that. After all, it’s not his war. All he wants is to be left alone. What emerges here, in only a single shot, is a scenario that, though full of individual elements, impressions and events, nevertheless leaves it up to each viewer to put these components together into a complete story. Where exactly is this lonely man’s house located? Which country is the plot set in? What war is this an account of? These questions dominate the film all the way to its open ending. Text: Filmbewertungsstelle (FBW)


Florian Grolig

Florian Grolig (DE) is an animation filmmaker and game designer. He graduated from the School of Arts and Design in Kassel and made several award-winning short films as well as commissioned animation. In 2012 he co-founded the Black Pants Game Studio where he was responsible for concept and game design of their first game, Tiny & Big in Grandpa’s Leftovers. Currently he is living and working in Berlin, making new animation shorts and developing games with “metameta”.

Director: Florian Grolig
Animation: Julian Vavrovsky
Sound design: Tobias Boehm, Christian Wittmoser
Funded by FFA and KjdF