PLUK de NACHT Shorts
- English subtitles
Pluk de Nacht will settle under the starry night in the Van Gogh Museum’s entrance hall to present a shorts programme around Loving Vincent, packed with innovative animation and adventurous shorts.
Below are just a few of the shorts you can expect to see!
An excerpt from one of the last films by Akira Kurosawa, made when he was 78 years old. In this scene, an art student finds himself inside the vibrant and sometimes chaotic world of Van Gogh’s artwork. He wanders around looking for the master himself, travelling through several of his works to find him.
The Johnny Cash Project
The Johnny Cash Project is a unique communal work, the result of thousands of contributions from artists and fans around the world. On the project website, participants can create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny Cash. These frames are combined and integrated into a collective whole: a crowdsourced music video for “Ain’t No Grave”, one of Cash’s last studio recordings before his death.
Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition
This is an excerpt from an animation that consists of 12,597 handmade aquarelle paintings, each no larger than 1.5x3cm in size. Together, they form a 35-minute-long paraphrase on the motion picture Blade Runner (1982).
Blade Runner – Autoencoded
For his Master’s thesis, a computer programmer used the film Blade Runner (1982) to train an artificial network called an autoencoder. This program reduced the complex visual data to a small filesize, then reconstructed it frame by frame. This is a scene from the reassembled film, which is both highly abstract and still similar enough for Warner Bros. to order it taken down from Vimeo for copyright infringement.
Two elderly swimmers meet at the baths for their ritual swimming. This time they are diving deeper than usual. With a cool kind of magic, this delicately stylized film draws us into various layers of reality, as we plunge from silent melancholia into the graphic frenzy of competitive sports, where everything is turned upside down.
Le Repas dominical
It’s Sunday. At lunch, Jean observes his family. They ask him questions, but don’t listen to his answers; they give him advice but don’t follow it themselves; they fawn over him and smack him, but that’s normal, it’s Sunday lunch.
Beer is a free interpretation of the poem “Beer” by Charles Bukowski.
Considering the composition a manifesto of the author’s way of life, the filmmakers decided to go inside the author’s mind. And it is not a safe journey: a brain solo without filter, a tale of ordinary madness, showing how much loneliness and decadence can be hidden inside a genius mind.
Dan Deacon – When I Was Done Dying
This music video was created as a special episode of Adult Swim’s Off the Air. It features original animations by nine artists: Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, Caleb Wood and KOKOFreakbean.
An unfamiliar life story in eight minutes, seen through the eyes of a grandchild.
In her own words, Laura Stewart is “always looking to break your heart just a little bit.” You’ll have to find out for yourself if Blobby fits the bill.
The Eagleman Stag
They say that time will heal all your wounds, but for entomologist Peter it moves much too quickly. His raging existential crisis is detailed in gorgeous, origami-like monochrome stop motion.
Symphony no. 42
In a colourful forest, two polar bears are rod fishing. A fox rides its bicycle. A penguin slaloms.
The official synopsis for this atmospheric, enigmatic, and touching short doesn’t make it all that clear: ‘I can feel you in my Belly.’ That’s all you get.