Son of the White Mare

Fehérlófia, Hungarian animation, 1973, by Marcell Jankovics, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, 80’



09.05. 19:30
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Directed by Marcell Jankovics
Screenplay by Marcell Jankovics, László György
Design by Marcell Jankovics, Zsolt Richly, László Hegedűs
Director of photography: Zoltán Bacsó
Music by István Vajda
Cast (voice): György Cserhalmi, Vera Pap, Gyula Szabó
Production: Pannónia Filmstúdió

Son of the White Mare is an avantgarde tale; it is an adaptation of the ancient legends of the early nomadic Steppe people (such as the Huns, the Avars and the Magyars); its protagonists represent cosmic natural archetypes. Producing a dreamlike visual world, the cutting-edge animation of the film is a radical example of the ornamental style, which is created from the continuous presence of metamorphoses, changing of colours, and recurring images of mandala. Its ambient-like score feels modern even today. Marcell Jankovics’s second full-length animation was selected among the 50 greatest animated films of all time at the 1984 Los Angeles Animation Olympiad.

Supporting film: Sisyphus