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Excellence Award

The Cable Car


Animated short film [Switzerland]

While travelling by cable car to a place somewhere in the mountains, an old man treats himself to some snuff. Et voila`! With every sneeze the cable car cabin falls apart more and more. The man, however, is far from accepting his fate, just like that.

© Claudius Gentinetta




Born in Switzerland, 1968. Claudius has dedicated most of his life producing animation films and weird comics. Art schools in Lucerne, Kassel and Liverpool tried to contribute their best to his education. In 1995, the artist scholarship gave him the chance to spend a year in Krakow, giving him an experience of lasting impressions for his further works. At present, he lives with his family in Zurich, and is working on another promising film project called DEEP.

( 2009 )



Born in 1965 in Winterthur, Switzerland, Frank has been living and working in Zurich since 1990. He is a father of two sons (born 1989 and 1991). Since 1990, he has been a management and program director of art house cinemas in Switzerland. Frank is Co-founder and Co-organizer of the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, Baden, Schwitzerland (starting from 1995). Since 2002 he has been the director of Fantoche.

( 2009 )

Award Reason

I found one frankly interesting work among the overseas entries. Though the title is The Cable Car, the transportation depicted in the work is called a “ropeway” in Japan. Hence, the car could also be referred to as a gondola. An old man, who seems to be suffering from rhinitis, rides the gondola and heads for the mountaintop. Whenever the old man sneezes, the wind pressure destroys the gondola little by little, and such, the simple story is represented in fast motion, following the conventional cartoon style in which a gag escalates. On the other hand, effectively mixing hand-drawing and 3DCG, the design of character and scenes creates pictures with warmth and texture. The fear of riding in a falling ropeway gondola may be a familiar theme in Switzerland, but it also has a compelling effect on a Japanese audience, since many Japanese have experienced such a thrilling feeling when riding a gondola. This is a strange work, but impresses the viewer by being both funny and a little scary at the same time, with the physiological reaction of sneezing and acuquiring a thrilling sense of coldness from below the ropeway.

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