The short film, produced at the Animation department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) with support from the National Film Institute, will be shown in the Generation 14 plus section of the Berlinale, considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.
The animation focuses on the moment when the lives of two people previously unknown to each other become intertwined as their gazes connect. “On the bumpy bus ride home to his girlfriend, a boy spots a nice girl sitting on the opposite side and feels embarrassed by the situation. Their eyes only meet in the reflection of the glass, and the boy, though just in thought, gives in to temptation and pictures what it would be like to be with this girl” – reads the MOME’s press release.
“The film is a chamber piece whose action takes place on an old Ikarus bus, and so the portrayal of the mundane takes the central stage. In addition, I like playing with the proportion of what is told and what is left untold. This way, the viewer is invited to fill in the blanks using their own thoughts and experiences, making the story even more personal”, said Domonkos Erhardt about his diploma work.
The last animation from MOME Anim shortlisted for the animation short section of the Berlinale was Flóra Anna Buda’s diploma film Entropy in 2019, which received the Teddy Award.
The Generations section featuring youth and children’s films first included a Hungarian work in 2017 in the form of a 9-minute digital animation by Anna Katalin Lovrity, also from MOME Anim.
About a month ago, we wrote that from the academic year 2023/24, MOME’s MA programme in Animation (along with MA programme in Design) will be offered only in English. This means that, together with the two English MA programmes (Photography, Interaction Design) launched in September 2022, four English-language programmes will be available to MA students from the next academic year.
As for other news about MOME, the university recently announced an open international call to select its next rector. This process for the selection has not been applied in Hungarian higher education before.