Dreaming Machine

On August 24th 2010, Writer-Director Satoshi Kon passed away from pancreatic cancer leaving this film's production postponed until Studio Madhouse has the funds to resume development. Despite many setbacks, the film's current owner is dedicated on completing Kon's film true to his initial vision.

Scabies 1970

A man is smoking. Something itches him and he scratches it. Then this repeats elsewhere. He starts to scratch himself harder and harder and at different places. Everywhere, from his sleeves, coat, trouser legs, small people start to fall out, and the man can no longer crush them.

The Flower Lovers 1970

Explosive flowers, a phenomenal invention, have filled the world with enthusiasm. People, usually uninterested in simple flowers, are now crazy about the new fashion. The explosive flowers have become a mania, a matter of social reputation.

Mitya's Love

A film based on Boris Shergin’s story “Mitya’s Love.” Mitya, a shipbuilder, walked to a theater in Solombala from Arkhangelsk. Along the way, he ran into a wind. Near him a girl, Maria Ivanovna, flew Mitya helped her fly to the theater and fell in love with her. They were able to confess their feelings for one another, but Maria Ivanovna then disappeared. What is Mitya to do? He decided to go around the whole city to find her. In the film, images by avant-garde Russian artists Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova and naïve artists Pavel Leonov and Lyubov Maikova are used.

Sowing

Ukrainian wasteland. A girl, whose only treasure is a painted Easter egg, is shocked, as her grandmother puts a freshly slaughtered chicken on the table. Confronted with death for the first time, she leaves the house, questioning her tranquil life, only to face a new tragedy that will force her to give up her treasures. An allegorical journey to freedom and growing up.

Undergrowth

A young woman grows body parts in her garden and sells them to people in her town. Though mostly content with life, loneliness tends to creep up on her. Then, one day, she realizes something peculiar may be lurking beneath the soil.

FAGS

An exploration into manhood. Forms with flashy colors attract, repel and influence themselves as they grow up.

How To Paint Your Rainbow

A man dies and a red flower blossoms. Then the colors of orange, yellow, green, blue and purple come into play and combine to become a beautiful and sublime rainbow.

Football Freaks

Football crazy, football mad. Don’t watch this off-beat jukebox cartoon expecting any conventional soccer action. Equal parts Disney, Dali and Duchamp, this abstract mix of black and white photos and alternative comix style animation is accompanied by a medley of doo-wop classics and documentary soundbites. The film is certainly an extreme departure for those familiar with the more conventional output of the Halas & Batchelor studio, best known for their feature-length version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1954). Paul Vester was one of a number of sixties art school graduates that brought a mix of pop art and illustration influences to the company whilst it was undergoing a brief change in its ownership. As a warning, in keeping with its progressive, adult style there is some brief nudity at the end of the film.

Die Panne 1990

A man waits at the side of the motorway with a tow rope, waiting for a car to tow him. Many, many cars go by without stopping until the driver of a small dilapidated car takes pity on him. The rope is attached. The other end of the rope leads to a pot-hole in the road. Lurking insides the pot-hole is a surprise.

Fundamental

This animated short film examines the injury of rigid religious upbringing to a teenager who discovers the strange and terrifying reality behind fundamentalism.