On Travelling, Matters of the Heart and Peripheries. Current Animated Films Created by Austrian Women Artists

For adults
Short films
6.30 pm


This screening of animated films presents a wide range of different films and techniques. However, all these films have one thing in common: they have their finger on the pulse of time, capture moods and emotions and express an inner view.

“On Travelling, Matters of the Heart and Peripheries” invites you on a cinematic journey of discovery of wonderful animated films created by wonderful women directors and lets you dive into touching, amusing but also critical topics and stories. The content is also about travelling - actually or in the mind, with the eyes, the heart or with a suitcase. These journeys are arduous, dangerous, involuntary or self-chosen and sometimes full of joie de vivre.

The Programme On Travelling, Matters of the Heart and Peripheries” is  the result of cooperation of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the Tricky Women / Tricky Realities Festival.

Linzer Lust / Linz Delight, Maya Yonesho, Austria, Germany, 2019, 3’17

Made with 1368 small drawings accompanied by sound effects recorded in Linz, the film aims to capture the spirit of this Austrian city.

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Vermessung der Distanz / Measuring the Distance, Susi Jirkuff, Austria, 2019, 7‘

Being at the margin is not only a spatial but a social reality. The film explores images of the edges of cities and the narratives they carry with them.

The Outlander, Ani Antonova, Austria, 2018, 5’

In the 16th Century the elephant Süleyman makes a long journey from Ceylon to Portugal, then walks the whole way from Lisbon to Vienna trough the Alps for five months. To be a living royal gift is not an easy job, where even death is not a peaceful end.

Shaul und Iwan / Shaul and Ivan, Rebecca Akoun, Austria, 2019, 9’50

In a small village, Shaul sings while Ivan dances happily around a table with other villagers. A moment of joy they will not forget anytime soon.

Contouring, Veronika Schubert, Austria, 2019, 3’50

Beauty web-tutorials set standards and serve as social blueprints. Contouring is at the same time a documentary about our current beauty ideals and gender roles and a humorous statement about everyday craziness.

Lieb Dich / Love You, Sabine Groschup, Austria, 2019, 8’

An ode to the power of poetry. A man reads a letter from his lover. A vibrant, sensuous story of passion, love, closeness, of fervent assertions and heartfelt vows takes its course – in drawings on envelopes and writings, in speech and in a song.

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Pangäa, Beate Hecher und Markus Keim, Austria, 2020, 13‘35

A story about the downfall of an administrative officer who is no longer up to his changing environment, finally succumbing to it through his own disappearance.

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Who’s Afraid Of RGB, Billy Roisz, Austria, 2019, 8’20

Who’s Afraid Of RGB can be interpreted as a condensation of the romantic movie, drama, and melodrama. The black-and-white film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is mirrored in nine eyes and superimposed with the colors red, green, and blue.

In Her Boots, Kathrin Steinbacher, Austria, United Kingdom, 2019, 6’02

Hedi is experiencing strange things. While her granddaughter is visiting, she suddenly embarks on a hiking journey, to the deepest parts of the Alps, revealing the reason for her devoted attachment to her hiking shoes.

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Cardiograph, Anna Vasof, Austria, 2018, 1’40

Anna Vasof is known for her „Non Stop Stop Motions” films. Here she holds a magnifying glass to a cardiogram at the rhythm of her own heart.

Explosive Speech, Anna Vasof, Austria, 2017, 2’

In a time of empty words and political careers a really explosive speech can change the world.

Shaping Waves, Anna Vasof, Austria, 2018, 1’45

Blue sheets of paper are handed out and a group of people crumple up. Edited one after the other, the paper creates a whole sea of different waves.

Glass Wall, Anna Vasof, Austria, 2017, 2’07

Vasof shows how movement builds up – and only through her own tracking shot does it become clear that the sequence of movements captured shows herself stacking the single frames.

Curator: Waltraud Grausgruber

Waltraud Grausgruber is festival director and co-founder of the Tricky Women Festival in Vienna, Austria. Tricky Women is the first and only festival of animated film that is dedicated exclusively to animation by women.

Waltraud Grausgruber studied theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna and tourism at the University of Economics of Vienna. She wrote her master‘s thesis about African cinema, did research in France, Senegal and Burkina Faso, conceptualised film festivals and curated international film programmes. Together with Birgitt Wagner, she got the Outstanding Artists Award of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture in 2010. As festival director she published books on Art and Film, among others ‘Tricky Women – Animations Film Kunst von Frauen’ (Women in Animation), Schüren Verlag, and ‘Mörderinnen’ (Killing Women in Film), Elephantenpress.