VARIETY, GUY LODGE

„One of the most pleasant surprises in the Forum programme this year was this wickedly surreal, perverse marital comedy from Polish original Greg Zglinski.“

www.variety.com

 

VARIETY, GUY LODGE

„Edgy marital drama, inky black comedy and blood-freezing horror combine to intoxicating effect in Greg Zglinski’s surreal arthouse misfit.“

www.variety.com

 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, STEPHEN DALTON

„A sense-scrambling trip into the Twilight Zone from Polish-born, Swiss-based director Greg Zglinski, Animals was one of the guilty-pleasure fringe delights at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.“

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CINEUROPA, GIORGIA DEL DON

„A gem born from the minds of two brilliant directors who share a passion for the mysteries of the human psyche.“

www.cineuropa.org

 

FILMBULLETIN, PAMELA JAHN

„Zglinski zieht gekonnt sämtliche Register Hitchcock’scher Suspense- und Überraschungskunst.“

www.filmbulletin.ch

 

SRF KULTUR, BRIGITTE HÄRING

„Weil der Film immer seltsamere Wendungen nimmt, immer rätselhafter wird, wird man als Zuschauerin gepackt, will miträtseln, verstehen, wie das alles verstrickt ist und was dahinter stecken könnte.“

www.srf.ch

 

THE UPCOMING, OLIVER JOHNSTON

„And the movie does have an unsettling undertone, while still being infused with brilliantly dark humour.“

www.theupcoming.co.uk

 

RBB 24, FABIAN WALLMEIER

„Eine sehr unterhaltsame Horror-Groteske vor bedrohlicher Alpenkulisse, die am Ende der drohenden Enttäuschung durch ein Übermaß an Auflösung zum Glück entgeht.“

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BERLIN FILM JOURNAL, ANTON DECHAND

„Zglinski shows superb command upon tone and assured vision, laying an occasional red herring here and there. While possibilities linger, Tiere is always aware of its next step and of our expectations and finds devilishly clever ways to undermine them.“

„After the credits rolled, I wanted to see it again.“

www.berlinfilmjournal.com

 

EXBERLINER, DAVID MOURIQUAND

„From the opening sequence of Greg Zglinski’s Tiere (Animals), you know you’re in for something special.“

„The less said about the unfolding narrative the better, as the echoing motifs and overlapping details in this moodily shot gem create a playful puzzlebox whose mystery also deserves to remain unspoilt.“

www.exberliner.com

 

THE SKINNY, PHILIP CONCANNON

„Tiere is a bewilderingly twisty thriller that eventually eats its own tail, but from the first frame it’s clear that we are in safe hands with director Greg Zglinski.“

www.theskinny.co.uk

 

FILM DE CULTE, GREGORY COUTAUT

„Animals va plus loin qu’un vain exercice narratif, et cela grâce à des idées de mise en scène étonnantes, comme cette manière qu’ont les personnages de sortir et revenir dans le champ de la caméra de façon quasi irréelle. Également grâce un humour inattendu, une bouffonnerie absurde qui vient autant nous faire rire qu’achever de nous faire perdre nos repères.“

www.filmdeculte.com

Animals

Feature (2017)

Director

Greg Zglinski

Cast

Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri, Mehdi Nebbou, Michael Ostrowski

Screenwriter

Jörg Kalt und Greg Zglinski

Production

tellfilm, coop99 (AUT) & Opus Film (PL)

Swiss distributor

Filmcoopi

World sales

Be For Films

World premiere

Berlinale – 67. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Forum)

94 min

A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick which ultimately leave them both incapable of being certain exactly where they are: in the real world, in their own imaginations – or in someone else’s imagination. A young woman called Andrea jumps to her death from the third floor of an apartment block in Vienna. A little earlier: the same apartment block is home to Nick, a chef, and Anna, who writes children‘s books. Anna thinks Nick has been having an affair with Andrea, but despite these suspicions she hopes that she and Nick can rejuvenate their relationship. They travel to Switzerland, where they hope to perform this “reset”. Mischa, an art student, is looking after their apartment in Vienna while they are away. Anna thinks Mischa looks like Andrea, and Anna also has a déjà vu experience in Lausanne. Soon the different levels begin to overlap and blur. Anna starts to wonder if she is going out of her mind. She senses that she has become trapped in a different reality. Is it all a result of the car accident she and Nick had when they arrived here? Is she just imagining everything? The talking cat – which was supposed to feature in her latest children‘s book?