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Prix 1987 - 2007

ORF Oberösterreich

Der Wald
Tamás Waliczky

Der Wald('The Forest') is a monochrome animation of a forest which extends to infinity along the x, y, and z axes. Movement within the forest can take place forwards, backwards, leftwards and rightwards without ever reaching an end.

There is no origin and no destination. There is no sky, no ground, no horizon. There is no basis, no reference points for spatial orientation. Just the very same trees over and over again. The animation is an almost five minute journey through this peculiar forest. The soundtrack gives the viewer the impression of being on a train. The traveler is not alone: over and over again, a woman's voice repeats the same verses from a German nursery rhyme. Perhaps she is trying to sing her child to sleep.
The whole situation is so strange and quiet. If one's aim is to reach the end of the forest or to find out one's position, it becomes a nightmare. But if one simply enjoys the trip for its own sake, then the infinity of the forest, the rattling of the tram, and the woman 's voice allow the viewer some peace.» (Tamás Waliczky)