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Saturday, May 25, 2013

SIFF Sighting: TITO ON ICE (documentary; Germany)

A bizarre road trip of a film, Tito on Ice, chronicles the journey of Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson as they travel across former Yugoslavia to promote their new comic book: Bosnian Flat Dog. 

The difference between this and any other typical travel is that they make the trip with a mummified Tito Marshall along for the ride.

Presenting this story, the filmmakers not only use footage of their experiences touring buildings hit by snipers, souvenir stores that sell grenade shells, etc.—they also combine the narrative with artistic representations of the tale made from paper, garbage and other materials. This produces a unique animation that somehow feels right at home in the midst of everything else going on.

This documentary won't be for everyone, but it will at the very least make its audience wonder where their eyes will end up next.

TITO ON ICE will screen May 26 & 28 at the 39th Annual Seattle International Film Festival. For tickets, click here.

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