War is a recurrent theme in (animated) films. In 1939, the American cartoon ‘Peace on earth’, for example, warned of war. That very year, Germany invaded Poland and World War II began.
Today, war is raging again in Europe. In the special setting of bunkers you will discover short films by Leonid Tyvoniuk, Raoul Servais and Roman Klochkov.
The film SIREN (2022), by Ukrainian film maker Leonid Tyvoniuk, targets children. What to do in case of a bomb alert? This animated film aims to help children cope with stress and anxiety. The contrast between the colourful childlike figures and the harsh reality of war is captivating.
CHROMOPHOBIA (1965), by Belgian film maker Raoul Servais, is a timeless short film about a fascist regime. A chain of chromophobic soldiers smothers colourful landscapes and silences the population. Resistance comes with the figure of Tijl Uilenspiegel who brings back colour with his antics. Chromophobia was awarded several prizes. It was the start of Raoul Servais’ international career.
VREDE (PEACE) (2014) is a film by Roman Klochkov, a Belgian director with Kazakh roots. Bear Victor and rabbit Fritz have a large arsenal of weapons at the ready. They refuse to negotiate, and war between the animals is inevitable. The film was realized within the scope of the project 12 minutes about peace, in honour of the hundredth anniversary of WW I.