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Tower Bawher

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Tower Bawher is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art, and filmmaker Theodore Ushev pays homage to the movement with cascading, energetic animation. Constructivism was born out of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and Tower Bawher is filled with visual references to artists of the era (including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Popova), who saw their art as being in the service of the people. The work of these artists was a key part of the cultural landscape in Ushev's native Bulgaria. Over the same stirring Georgy Sviridov music that opened the Soviet regime's nightly newscast in the 1970s, Ushev highlights line, form and dynamic rhythms in place of volume and static mass. The title of the film is an allusion to constructivist architect Vladimir Tatlin's tower, conceived in homage to the glory of the proletariat. Drawing on the tower's design, the movement in the film draws us continually upwards towards a utopian summit. But in the end, all of the grandiose, futuristic forms that point to a glowing future wind up crashing under the weight of ideology. In Tower Bawher Ushev celebrates the genius of constructivist artists, while also offering a scathing commentary on art in the service of ideology. A film without words.

2005, 03 min 46 s

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Special Mention
Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma d'Animation
November 12 to 20 2007, Wissembourg - France

Award for Best Film Over $50,000 - with cash prize of 5,000$US + Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
Platform International Animation Festival
June 25 to 30 2007, Portland - USA

Award for Best non narrative film
Int’l Festival of Animated Films / I Castelli Animati
November 29 to December 3 2006, Genzano - Italy

Prize 2: Onda Curta
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 6 to 12 2006, Espinho - Portugal

Jury's Special Prize - Prize City of Espinho with a cash prize of 2,500Euros (approx $3,600Cdn)
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 6 to 12 2006, Espinho - Portugal

Award for Best Abstract Film
London International Animation Festival - LIAF
August 22 to 27 2006, London - England

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