niffiwan (niffiwan) wrote,

Gofmaniada - first 20 minutes

Gofmaniada is an upcoming stop-motion-animated feature film being directed at Soyuzmultfilm studio by director Stanislav Sokolov, based on the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann. They've been working on it since 2001. There is more information on its Wikipedia article:

Director Sokolov moving a puppet between shots.

Just recently, the first 20 minutes of the film were uploaded online. They can be streamed over here:

The description says: The feature film centers upon the fate of writer E.T.A. Hoffmann as he lives through a deep internal drama - the discrepancy between imagination and reality. Departing from the cruelty and greed of the surrounding world, he is reincarnated in his characters, who manage to triumph over evil. The first part reflects vivid scenes from the childhood and youth of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Overcoming childhood fears about the Sandman, a terrible old woman, and the failure of first love, he finds solace in a fantasy world, where he is patronized by good wizards, and dreams a beautiful image of his beloved.

These 20 minutes were first released in 2006, in an effort to find more funding to complete the film. After fruitlessly trying to interest foreign investors, Soyuzmultfilm won some funding from the Russian government, but that likely collapsed along with the financial crisis in late 2008. Apparently, only 7 minutes have been filmed since 2006.

After watching this material, I am very impressed by the puppets and decorations (the art design was done by the famous sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin). The animation is also wonderful in places. And the voicing is good-to-excellent. I did not, however, quite understand the logic of the story - it is as if some key scenes were left unfilmed (which is quite possibly the case).
Tags: 2000s, feature film, gofmaniada, sokolov, soyuzmultfilm

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