a film by Paul Wenninger in collaboration with Nick Hummer

ANIMATION | 2012 | A | 11 min | no dialog | color | 1,1:85

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The camera, in a single continuous shot, moves through a great variety of landscapes and interiors, while remaining the steady observer and companion of the male character whose body is the film’s one constant feature and a monad of sorts. The man, though he moves outside these ever-changing, unstable spaces and their axes of time, is at the same time inside and yet somehow separated or liberated from them. The only recurring location is a room, which in the beginning had grown out of a white wall, in which the man, naked at first, is gradually clothed and given an environment. Isolated by virtue of being out of time, he goes about his daily routine, taking no notice of his surroundings. This has the effect of inverting his body’s relation to time and space, as we see time and space are now following his movements, instead of the movements being constrained by them, as is usually the case. The reinterpretation of this relation is reinforced when the man sees his own corpse and the sight distances him even further from the logic of the space-time continuum.

Paul Wenninger

Mitwirkende/r: Catherine Diverrès, Rotraud Kern, Michael Donhauser, Sophie Pachner

Director: Paul Wenninger in collaboration with Nick HummerScreenplay: Paul WenningerCamera: Paul Wenninger, Nik HummerEditing: 2D Animation: Martin Music, Peter KoglerMusic: Michael Moser, Nik HummerSound: Nik HummerArt Direction: Paul Wenninger, Nick HummerCostumes: Johanna LaknerProduction Management: Sophie Pachner, Marie TapperoKey-Gaffer: Jerzy Palacz, Paul Wenninger
Production: Paul Wenninger, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Funding: BMUKK, Land Niederösterreich, Stadt Wien, SKE, Kulturforum Paris, Kulturforum Brüssels

Worldsales: Sixpack Films

In English, “trespass” means to intrude, but it could also be an unauthorized entry, or in legal jargon, a “domestic disturbance.” trespass, Paul Wenninger’s ten-minute real-animation film plays with all of these meanings in a technically impressive, varied, and precise tour de force. A consistent element throughout is a type of avatar of the director, a character created from real images, whom the film sends on a world journey, of sorts, within his own four walls. The penetration of the outside world is both abrupt and varied: whereas the strange, inert main figure with his jerky movements initially seems isolated in the bare dungeon of a green-painted cell, all at once, windows are inserted in this monad—to use the terminology of the philosopher Leibniz. A wild process of transgression can now begin. Not only does an excess of “world” suddenly appear in the cell windows, but the entire background, from which the character is set-off, is filled with profuse images of the most distant scenes in Eritrea, Brussels, Helsinki, Vienna, and France. The “backdrops” change and tumble into one another, as though by mouse click, which hardly affords the thoroughly stationary protagonist a hold. Although he maneuvers through and deals with a seemingly endless assortment of everyday objects, he still remains imprisoned in a cell-like existence. In the end, he must attend his own death and the slow draining of his blood—paint that mutates to blood and then back to paint again. The “intrusion” from outside is thus subjected to a paradoxical twist: it is not the world, another life, a foreign power that can suddenly be felt in the here and now, but instead, despite all of its animation and dynamics, the character’s own vitality is increasingly “divested” as the film progresses. trespass hereby brings to bear a clever, visually enchanting subject-object reversal—moving beyond, even moving beyond oneself, which for the longest time, one seems to perceives as an invasion from the outside.

(Christian Höller)
Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt


Jury Special Mention + Audience Award - One Day Animation Festival 2012 (VIenna - Austria)

Special Distinction for first short film - International animation film festival of Annecy 2013

Flatpack WTF Award - Flatpack Festival 2013 (Birmingham- GB)

AEC Best Photography Award - 23rd edition of  the International Cinema Week of Madrid 2013

Grand Prix des Sommets - 12th Sommets du cinéma d’animation, Montreal (Canada)

Sichuan TV Festival Award 2013 (China)

Prix Format Court -Festival Premiers plans Angers 2013 (France)


Viennale 12 - Int. Filmfestwochen Wien (AT) 2012

Diagonale 2013 - Festival des österr. Films (AT) 2013
Wien - One Day Animation Festival (AT) 2012
Tampere 2013 - 43. Short Film Festival (FI) 2013
Hong Kong 13 - Intern.Film Festival (HK) 2013
Osnabrück 13 - Europ. Media Art Festival (DE) 2013
Birmingham 13 - Flatpack Festival 2013
Seoul 13 - Jeonju International Film Festival (KR) 2013
Wien - VIS 2013 Vienna Independent Shorts (AT) 2013
Edinburgh 13 - Int. Film Festival (GB) 2013
Annecy 13 - Festival Int. du Cinema d'Animation 2013
Rio de Janeiro / Sao Paulo - Anima Mundi 2013 (BR) 2013
Limassol 2013 - Cyprus Short Film Festival (CY) 2013
Leipzig 13 - 56. Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm (DE) 2013

Wiesbaden 13 - exground filmfest (DE) 2013
Barcelona 13 - L'alternativa, Festival de Cine Independiente (ESP) 2013
Brest 2013 - Festival du Film Court (FR) 2013
Cork 2013 - IndieCork International Film Festival (IE) 2013
Uppsala 13 - 32. Int.Short Film Festival (SW) 2013
Varna 2013 - World Festival of Animated Film (BG) 2013
Madrid 2013 - Semana de Cine Experimental 2013
Kassel 13 – 30. Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest (DE) 2013
Seoul 13 - Seoul International NewMedia Festival (KR) 2013
Sichuan 13 - SCTVF Sichuan TV Festival 2013 Official Selection (CN)
Ozu Film Festival - 2013 (IT) 2013
Stuttgart / Wand 5 / 2014 - 76. Filmwinter () 2014
Segovia2013 - 3d wire () 2013
Badalona 2013 - FILMETS Badalona Film Festival (ES) 2013
Krakow 2013 - International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima (PL) 2013
Ljubljana Animateka 13 - Int. Animation Film Festival (SI) 2013
Dallas 13 - Video Festival (US) 2013
Seoul 13 - Animpact Seoul International Animation Festival (KR) 2013
Leuven - 13 Int. Shortfilmfestival (BE) 2013
Montreal 13 - Les Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation de Montréal 2013 (CA)
Buenos Aires 14 - BAFICI Int. Independent Film Festival (AR) 2014
Rotterdam 2014 - 43. Int. Filmfestival (NL) 2014
Angers 2014 - Premiers Plans 2014
Nijmegen 2014 - Go Short International Short Film Festival (NL)

Udine 2013 - Piccolo Festival del Animazione (IT) 2013
Glasgow 14 - Short Film Festival (GB) 2014
Lisbon - MONSTRA 14 Animated Film (PT) 2014
Bologna 14 - Future Film Festival (IT) 2014
Middlesbrough 14 - Animex (GB) 2014

Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires International Festival of Independant Film 2014 

VIS-Agentur: Cinemarkt, Spielort: Wien - Brunnenpassage 29.9.2016

Nijmegen 2017 - Go Short International Short Film Festival 5.4-9.4. 2017 (NL)

Paul Wenninger

Born 1966 in Vienna. Freelance dancer, author of choregraphical pieces, stage designer and musician. Collaborations with various choreographers and companies, e.g. with Cie. Catherine Diverrès at Centre Choreographique National de Rennes et Bretagne and Theatercombinat Vienna, Claudia Bosse. Together with the choreographer Loulou Omer he founded Kabinett ad Co. in 1999, a working platform for artist of various art disciplines.

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