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Symphony no. 42

Réka Bucsi (HU)




URL:
https://vimeo.com/rekabucsi, http://rekabucsi.tumblr.com/

The film applies an unconventional narrative. It presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. Small events, interlaced by associations, express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions between humans and nature. Differences between human and animal diminish, everyone is doing their job and leaving traces. Every small movement affects another, building an unpredictable, irrational system.

I found it important not to interpret or highlight particular things, so the characters and situations of the film can exist independently. I tried to stay neutral, to reveal, to present rather than form an opinion. I do not wish to offer a solution or a moral.

The basic idea of the film lies in an interesting human habit: when witnessing an unknown situation, we unconsciously put it in context according to our own ideas. I wanted to utilize this and have the viewers automatically find their solutions for the given situations. The scenes are interlaced by diverse visual, auditory, sensory or other impressionistic associations. It was important to create a temporal and spatial structure that can tie together all the different locations and characters, so that the viewer can travel seamlessly.

Although the first phase of the making of Symphony no. 42 was completely intuitive, in the course of the development a more concrete theme developed and the scenes started to arrange themselves around. These 47 observations focus on the interactions between humans and nature. Differences between human and animal diminish, everyone is doing their job and leaving traces. Every small movement affects another, building an unpredictable, irrational system. I find it soothing that the world around us is often irrational, and I also find it very funny to observe how we live alongside all these creatures. It is interesting for me how much we compare completely different life forms’ behavior to our own. This arrogance is very inspiring for me, as I find it cute, funny and sad in the same time.

The fox, with its attempt to describe the material world, the rules of tiny particles that secretly determine our everyday life, sets another world in motion. We wander further and further, to the Milky Way in the fortune-teller’s crystal and its cosmic scale. After peeking into 47 scenes, we fall back to the forest, from which we saw the same universe in the form of a star-studded sky.

Symphony no. 42 was animated frame by frame, backgrounds were painted using a digital tablet. From the very beginning of the process there was a big focus on sound. I started working with Péter early on, asking for his ideas concerning sound. I wanted to have as much recorded sound as possible, to make this flat, minimal, 2D world more relatable, more 3D. We traveled around Sri Lanka for two weeks recording most of the sounds for the forests in the film. The whole production from writing until end of post-production took around a year.

Biography:

Réka Bucsi

Réka Bucsi (HU), born in 1988, is an independent animation filmmaker and illustrator. From 2008-2013 she attended MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest), animation department. Her graduation film Symphony no. 42 was selected for the Official Shorts Competition at the Berlinale, Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. From 2011-2012 she attended Essemble, a digital filmmaking training program. 2013/2014 she attended Animation Sans Frontiéres (ASF), the European animation production workshop. Réka is represented as a director by Passion Pictures, Paris.

Credits:
Animation: Nándor Bera, Réka Bucsi, Krisztián Király, László Tóth, Sándor Vágó
Producer: József Fülöp
Director, design, writing: Réka Bucsi
Sound design: Péter Benjámin Lukács