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The Kite

 

by Martin Smatana  

13:10 Czech Republic / Slovakia/ Poland

Recommended ages: 4+ 

Summer is coming to the end, the fruit is growing ripe on the trees. Grandpa gives his grandson a kite. As the boy is tossed around in the air, Grandpa catches him.

 

Then the leaves fall and Grandpa has grown weak. A strong autumn wind carries him off into the cloudy sky. Winter comes, then springtime. A warm breeze brings them together again.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

The Kite deals with the issue of death, but it does so in a simple metaphorical and symbolic way on the relationship between the little boy and his grandpa. It explains that none of us are here forever and that all living creatures must die, but also to show that death doesn’t mean the end of our journey.

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BIOGRAPHY

Martin Smatana (1991, Slovakia) finished his master degree of Animation at FAMU, Prague. During his bachelor studies he completed an intership in Nukufilm studio in Tallinn, Estonia. For 5 years he was leading workshops of animation for children. His debut film Rosso Papavero was premieted at Berlinale 2015 Generation Kplus and won 13 international awards. In February 2019 he finished his graduation stop-motion film for children The Kite, that was premiered at Berlinale in Generation and since then has won 5 international awards.

FILMOGRAPHY

2015 - Rosso Papavero

Awards:

2nd place winner - Animation - Chicago Shorts Festival - ILLINOIS, USA

2nd MENTION - EXPOTOONS International Animation Festival - ARGENTINA

LOCOMOCION 2015 - Ludotechnique Creative Trigger Award - MEXICO

The World Animation Celebration - Student Stop Motion - USA

Honorable Mention - Anim!Arte - 12th International Student Animation Festival - BRAZIL

and 8 other awards from different festivals

Festivals:

BERLINALE -  Berlin International Film Festival 2015 – GERMANY

The Melbourne International Animation Festival – AUSTRALIA

FEST New Directors | New Films Festival – PORTUGAL

FANTOCHE 2015 - SWITZERLAND

CINEKID European Short Animation Film Competition – THE NETHERLANDS

and more than 100 others

2019 - The Kite