Let us introduce you to the Hungarian director Flóra Anna Buda, who is participating in this year’s Berlinale Shorts competition.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1991, after graduating with a degree in animation Flóra Anna Buda worked as a director and illustrator in animated film. One of her chief goals is to seek out new ways to tell stories and to connect her interests in science and the interpretation of dreams with her personal experience. She is currently participating in the European Union-funded Animation Sans Frontières training programme where she is developing new projects.
Three women, three lives in parallel worlds, until the moment a fly causes a bug in the system. The universe collapses, sex is in the air, bras are overrated and the stars twinkle! In the animated film Entropia by Flóra Anna Buda, colours explode and sensually unleash new possibilities: Thanks to the fly, all that is abstract comes to life and sexuality plays an integral role. While there are echoes of the sci-fi series Black Mirror, the colours make everything more vibrant. The doe by the river is a nod towards Hungarian animation artist Réka Bucsi, whose work has equally opened up more creative narrative strategies in animated film. Buda’s graduation film heralds a new generation of animation artists from Hungary.
What is your ambition in the film?
My ambition was to create a story where I can define myself in the most honest way as a young woman.
What do you like about the short form?
I like it because it’s a challenge. You have to express yourself in a very simple way to be able to keep it short. Because of that you must compress your message by using symbols or parallel cuts for example. The options are endless but at the end you need to define your film based on your values to make it work.
What are your future plans?
Recently I am participating on an international workshop called ASF (Animation Sans Frontiére), where I have the chance to develop a next short film. At the moment I am working on the treatment and searching for the visuals. In the future I would like to experiment with live action and VR too.
24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award, endowed with 20,000 euros, and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.
Still wanna know more? There’s a Q&A with Flóra Anna Buda on The New Current, too.