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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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Mention spéciale du jury
Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma d'Animation
Du 12 au 20 novembre 2007, Wissembourg - France

Prix du meilleur film de plus de $50,000 - assorti d'une bourse de 5,000$US + Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
Platform International Animation Festival
Du 25 au 30 juin 2007, Portland - États-Unis

Prix du meilleur film non-narratif
Festival Int’l de film d’animation / I Castelli Animati
Du 29 novembre au 3 décembre 2006, Genzano - Italie

Prix spécial du Jury - Prix de la ville d'Espinho - assorti d'une bourse de 2,500Euros (approx. $3,600Cdn)
Festival international de cinéma d'animation / CINANIMA
Du 6 au 12 novembre 2006, Espinho - Portugal

Prix 2: Onda Curta
Festival international de cinéma d'animation / CINANIMA
Du 6 au 12 novembre 2006, Espinho - Portugal

Prix du meilleur film abstrait
London International Animation Festival - LIAF
Du 22 au 27 août 2006, Londres - Angleterre

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