Hollow Land/Terre d'écueil
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
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
Special Achievement Award
Anilogue International Animation Festival
November 27 to December 1 2013, Budapest - Hungary
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
July 19 to 28 2013, Giffoni - Italy
International Countryside Animafest Cypres
July 18 to 21 2013, Pissouri - Cyprus
International Film Festival
July 4 to 14 2013, Jerusalem - Israël
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