Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Christoph Horch "Der Zimmermann und der Winter" (The Carpenter and the Winter) (2004)

Der Zimmermann und der Winter (The Carpenter and the Winter) directed by Christoph Horch is the second chiller in 24 hours. The cut-out animation has a lonely carpenter whittling away in a Spartan home, an unexplained empty and very small child’s bed beside his own. Through the fields treks a solitary boy towards a hamlet whose inhabitants are busily collecting wood for the winter. The boy’s arrival abruptly heralds the cold season. I am reminded of The Little Match Girl as his cold face presses up against the glass of houses. Only one house has no light and strangely enough the boy is attracted to that, where he is allowed into the carpenter’s home and offered a warm drink, the adult receiving in return cold comfort. In an age of pace, often frenzied, there is something most satisfying about being allowed to soak up the atmosphere in a film such as this, the mechanical movement of the cut-out limbs, the extended scrutiny of faces, one rather whiter than the other. A melancholic score from Cornelius Renz for strings and oboe adds to the spreading cold in what is a seasonal treat rather more suited to the depths of December than May. Or maybe it's an appropriate iced treat. Christoph kindly uploaded the film for me after I had contacted him on the recommendation of his former teacher, Ged Haney, 'animator in residence' at Filmakademie Baden-Wurtemmburg for a couple of years. Ged recommended several other films of which more shortly. For now, enjoy an unusual ghost story.

1 comment:

Distorteddogma said...

The work is less hard when there is a good story to be told. Very nice.
Be Well.