Animation Breakdown presents: Alois Nebel (director in person!)

“Evoking some of the most renowned Czech films of the sixties — Closely Watched Trains in particular — director Tomáš Lunák weaves a spell around his animated tale of Alois, a middle-aged dispatcher who works at a small railway station in the Sudeten (the mountainous region along the Czech borders with Germany and Poland.) It is 1989, and the radio is full of news of border crossings in Berlin as the wall starts to come down. His face grim, Alois looks as if he has seen it all — little excites him. But as fog and rain swirl around the station, he finds himself haunted by the past, especially the events at the end of the Second World War. Alois Nebel seems to flow effortlessly across the screen. Visually, this film is an absolute delight, its rotoscope animation allowing Lunák to concentrate on the essential in every shot, while the choice of B&W perfectly matches the tone of the story. Atmospheric and drenched in mood, Alois Nebel is destined to become a classic of the form.” — Piers Handling, TIFF Director Tomáš Luňák will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Tomáš Luňák, 2011, 84 min.