Altötting (English Version)
“You know, when I was a boy, I fell in love with the Virgin Mary.”
In the small Bavarian town of Altötting, a mother takes her young son to visit a nearby chapel. The boy becomes entranced by the Shrine of the Virgin Mary inside the chapel and begins daily pilgrimages to see his beloved Madonna. His love, devotion, and passion for her continue to grow, until one day his world is crushed by the devastating secret behind her eternal beauty. Mesmerizing, haunting, and deeply personal, Altötting is a coming-of-age story about love, faith, mortality, and shattered illusions.
In this poignant and philosophical animated short, acclaimed filmmaker Andreas Hykade (We Lived in Grass, Ring of Fire, The Runt, Love and Theft) interweaves scenes of quiet, spacious minimalism with flourishes of opulent beauty to create a timeless story of lost innocence.
2020, 11 min
Also available in French
Special Mention (German Animation Competition)
Festival of Animation Berlin
October 1 to 3 2021, Berlin - Germany
Best Short Animation
Ionian Contemporary Animation Festival ICONA
December 4 to 6 2020, Athens - Greece
Best Animation Film
December 2 to 6 2020, Stuttgart - Germany
International Film Festival "Etiuda & Anima"
November 17 to 22 2020, Cracow - Poland
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 9 to 15 2020, Espinho - Portugal
Craft Award for Best Script
International Animation Festival
September 23 to 27 2020, Ottawa - Canada
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