25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Falling Star
director: Loïc Malo
original title: L’étoile manquante
running time: 18 min.
A disquieting exploration of the chaotic dictatorial thinking of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, who, during the last days of his life battles inner demons and remains firmly convinced of his own immortality. A montage of contemporary shots, pixilation and cutout animation applied to archive photographs, creates an inhospitable world of shadows in which supporters and opponents of the Communist monster clash in face to face encounters.
“The use of the supernatural, multiple personalities and secondary psychological states become the logical tool for reviving Stalin, whose soul is becoming lost and is confused and pathological. In this collision between the present and the past, the story develops an independent view of the personality of an individual who left a great imprint in our modern-day history.” L. Malo
French director Loïc Malo studied at the prestigious ENSAPC and ENSAD art schools in Paris in the 1980s. His work is characterized by film essays inspired by modern history, in which he uses various animation and editing techniques to connect film and photography in an original way.
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