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Hollow Land / Terre d'écueil

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Searchlights sweep the silent towers. Deep inside one of the buildings, a hand extends through a pipe and appears in a neighbouring apartment, where Solomon is struggling to fix the plumbing. He stares at the hand, then reaches out to clasp it.
It is a rare moment of humanity in a cold, dehumanized environment.
Hollow Land is a story about the eternal human search for a place to call home, a film that begins, as all such searches must, with the dream of utopia. Solomon and Berta are two seekers who arrive—their treasured bathtub improbably in tow—in a seemingly sun-washed land that promises respite from their many journeys.
Whether it’s reusing a tea bag or fiddling with pipes until they finally work, Solomon tries to make the best of whatever comes his way. Berta is not so optimistic, nor willing to give up on her dreams.
Filmmakers Uri and Michelle Kranot depict the couple through two-dimensional clay puppets that move within a rich environment created largely from cut-outs. Just as the characters in Hollow Land bear the marks of their travels, so too do the puppets bear the physical imprints of their creators—a refreshing, immediate symbol of the power of human creativity and resilience.
From the hopeful first moments of Berta and Solomon’s arrival, to the final haunting scene at sea, Hollow Land is an evocative animated film that captures the unsettled state of those who find themselves displaced—whether by circumstance or by choice.

2013, 13 min 56 s

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Grand prix Jacques Languirand
Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement
April 16 to 26 2015, Saint-Casimir - Canada

Pont d'or
Festival de cinéma d'animation
April 13 to 19 2015, Pontarlier - France

Best Art Direction
Brasil Stop Motion Festival
November 25 to 29 2014, Recife - Brazil

First Prize from the Brazilian Association of Documentary and Short Films/ Pernambucan Filmmakers Association
Brazilian Association of Documentary and Short Films/ Pernambucan Filmmakers Association
November 25 to 29 2014, Recife - Brazil

Alberto Sánchez Special Award
International Film Festival
June 16 to 21 2014, Huesca - Spain

Best Animation Award
International Film Festival
May 30 to June 8 2014, Brooklyn - USA

Special Mention
March 13 to 19 2014, Athens - Greece

Synchro Film & Video Material Prize- worth 1500 Euro
Tricky Women International Women's Animated Film Festival
March 12 to 16 2014, Vienna - Austria

Special Achievement Award
Anilogue International Animation Festival
November 27 to December 1 2013, Budapest - Hungary

Special Mention
Animation Festival (BAF)
November 12 to 16 2013, Bradford - England

Award for Animation Techniques
International Animated Film Festival
October 23 to 28 2013, Banjaluka - Bosnia Herzegovina

Special Mention for the Cartoon d’Or nomination
Encounters International Short Film Festival
September 17 to 22 2013, Bristol - England

Award of The Union of Bulgarian Artists – painting
World Festival of Animated Film
September 11 to 15 2013, Varna - Bulgaria

Best Independent Short (award given by ASIFA Israel)
Animix Tel Aviv
August 9 to 13 2013, Tel Aviv - Israël

Amnesty Award
Film Festival
July 19 to 28 2013, Giffoni - Italy

Special Mention
International Countryside Animafest Cypres
July 18 to 21 2013, Pissouri - Cyprus

Honorable Mention
International Film Festival
July 4 to 14 2013, Jerusalem - Israël