a short animated film by Špela Čadež
Slovenia / Croatia | Sep 2016 | 8:45 min
Attempting to remove an unresponsive badger from a dark road, a police patrol soon realizes that the animal is not dead but rather dead drunk. Things take an even stranger turn when the creature wakes up.
“It’s like Charles Bukowski and Steve McQueen teamed up with a badger to make a stop motion film about the tragic glaze, craze and daze of alcohol abuse.”
Chris Robinson, artistic director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival
“Mesmerizing demonstration of how traditional animation can still be incredibly stunning.”
Maroš Brojo, artistic director of Fest Anča International Animation Fest
“Drunkenness can be at once comic and tragic, and both moods are encompassed in this freaky, freewheeling animated short. Spela Cadez’s Nighthawk is, in the simplest terms, a cautionary tale about the misery of alcoholism. But the boozer in question is a badger, his poison a bunch of rotten pears, his night on the town more of a road trip into nightmarish abstraction.”
Alex Dudok de Wit
The Making of
Description of animation technique
The aesthetic in Nighthawk was created with the use of a multiplane camera set up, achieving motion in animation with the help of oil-painted cell and paper cut-outs. Following the footsteps of the Russian master Yuriy Norshteyn, Čadež already used the multiplane technique on her previous film, Nighthawk and developed its use further in Steakhouse. Čadež is inclined to combining traditional and experimental techniques to solve creative challenges in the film and search for the inherent visual representation of the storyline and its characters.