Cineast 2019: Animus Animalis
Animus Animalis (a story about people, animals and things)
Lithuania 2018, Documentary, 69 min. VO EN subtitles, 16+
Directed by Aistė Žegulytė, Screenplay by Aistė Žegulytė, Titas Laucius, Produced by Giedrė Burokaitė, Music by Gediminas Jakubka
Animals, hunters, deer-farmers, taxidermists and nature-lovers contemplating the issue of soul and matter.
A taxidermist, a deer farmer and a museum worker live in the environment in which the line between reality and artificiality has become imperceptible. It's a world where not only deer and boars but also plastic alligator mannequins are being hunted, while stuffed animals compete for the most alive-looking posture and legitimate gaze. The most important exhibits are set up in fabricated nature's glass-case, sitting between aerosol-free trees and fake snow. Animals are looking from all the sides – dead or alive – they won't stop observing you.