Put to the test : A subjective history of animated films

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Double Feature with Vaterland: A Hunting Logbook

Jan Svankmajer

2000
Czech Republic
2h12
Fiction
Col.

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a stump in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than that of a normal child.

Cast
Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Kristina Adamcová, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový
Screenplay
Jan Svankmajer
Photography
Juraj Galvánek
Sound
Olga Cechová, Robert Dufek, Zdenek Dusek
Editing
Marie Zemanová
Production
Keith Griffiths, Jaromír Kallista, Jan Svankmajer

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