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BALANCE

The setting is on a floating platform where a group of evenly and carefully placed men live. Each man is aware that the platform is not stable and in order not to fall to their deaths, they maintain a careful balance of weight to prevent the platform from tipping too far and causing them all to fall. This reasonably harmonious understanding is lost when one man pulls up a heavy trunk. In the ensuing struggle, balance is lost in more ways than one.


Christoph Lauenstein was born in 1962 and has been working with his twin-brother Wolfgang in stop-motion animation since 1980. In 1985, Christoph entered the Kassel Academy of Arts. Their films include: The Girlfriend (Die Freundin, 1980), The Sidetrip (Der Abstecher, 1984), Pithecanthropus Erectus (1986) and Balance (1989), which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1989.

Wolfgang Lauenstein was born in 1962 and has been working with his twin-brother Christoph in stop-motion animation since 1980. In 1985, Wolfgang began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Their films include: Die Freundin (The Girlfriend, 1980), Der Abstecher (The Sidetrip, 1984), Pithecanthropus Erectus (1986) and Balance, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1989.
Genre Animation, Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 1989
Directors Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
Cinematography Christoph Lauenstein
Production Company Lauenstein Filmproduktion/Hamburg
Length 8 min
Format 16 mm, color
Festivals Uppsala 2011, Animatou Geneva 2012, Animafest Zagreb 2016, Tehran 2016

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