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THE BODY IS SO RESILIENT

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by Moana Vonstadl

grade: 7.5

In The Body is so resilient, Moana Vonstadl has opted for a minimalist yet incredibly effective mise-en-scène. The figure of Eva has sharp teeth and eyes that yearn for something undefined. She needs to feed herself, to nourish her self, to free herself from the grey world in which she has been imprisoned for a long, long time. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

A new life

Discovering or rediscovering oneself. A topic, this one, that has been addressed over and over again by artists and writers all over the world. Remaining in the cinematic sphere, particularly noteworthy in this regard is a short animated film by young director Moana Vonstadl: The Body is so resilient, already presented at the Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Film Festival – dedicated to animated films made exclusively by female directors – and finally also screened as an Italian premiere at the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

In The Body is so resilient, then, we find ourselves in a singular Garden of Eden. Everything is grey, everything is dark. Here, a postmodern Eve is finally about to give vent to her instincts in order to discover her true essence. Her mutant body slowly takes on sharper and sharper features. The final liberation is finally about to take place.

In The Body is so resilient, therefore, Moana Vonstadl has opted for a minimalist yet incredibly effective mise-en-scène. Mutant forms of tree branches, of leaves, of new blooms are here realised with watercolour drawings and strictly in black and white, with a strong prevalence (especially in the first part of the short film) of darker tones. The figure of Eve has sharp teeth and eyes that yearn for something undefined. She needs to feed herself, to nourish her self, to free herself from that grey world in which she has been imprisoned for a long, long time.

Playing mainly with abstract forms that gradually take on their own identity, the director has staged a highly topical story with universal connotations. The story of the rejection of all pre-established conventions, the story of the acceptance and discovery of oneself and one’s body, the hunger for life and all that surrounds us. In The Body is so resilient Mona Vonstadl has managed to render it all through minimalist and extremely sophisticated drawings, making this little and precious work of hers incredibly vibrant, alive and pulsating.

The director has thus deservedly ranked as one of the most promising names within the Austrian (and international) film scene as far as contemporary animation cinema is concerned. A field, this one, which boasts numerous gems (both in terms of avant-garde cinema as well as shorts and feature films with a classical imprint), but which, unfortunately, does not always get the attention it deserves. Fortunately, however, there are numerous realities that are primarily concerned with ensuring that this cinema never goes unnoticed. The Tricky Women/ Tricky Realities Film Festival is one of them.

Original title: The Body is so resilient
Directed by: Moana Vonstadl
Country/year: Germany, Austria / 2021
Running time: 5’
Genre: animation
Screenplay: Moana Vonstadl
Cinematography: Moana Vonstadl
Produced by: Moana Vonstadl

Info: the page of The Body is so resilient on the website of the Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Film Festival