Gloria Victoria unfolds on the still-smouldering
rubble of a furious 20th century, propelled by the exalting “invasion” theme
from Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony (No. 7). Resembling a
military march with bolero overtones, the music sweeps over imagery of combat
fronts and massacres, leading us from Dresden to Guernica, from the Spanish
Civil War to star wars. It is at once a symphony that serves the war machine,
that stirs the masses, and art that mourns the dead, voices its outrage and
calls for peace.
Gloria Victoria is the third film in a trilogy on the relationship between art and power. It is the work of an exceptionally gifted filmmaker and multi-faceted artist, a virtuoso of collage and recycling who conjures up everything from surrealism to Dracula, and makes cubist constructions emerge from the horror of dismembered bodies. Through a multitude of quotations, allusions and references, Theodore Ushev orchestrates a thundering nightmare in the name of peace.
2012, 06 min 56 s
FANTOCHE International Animation Film Festival
September 3 to 8 2013, Baden - Switzerland
International Animated Film Festival
June 10 to 15 2013, Annecy - France
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