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PINETREE VILLA, THE (VILLA MIT PINIEN, EINE)

PINETREE VILLA, THE
photo © Jan Koester

Lion and Bird walk through a prestigious Berlin residential area. Rumors say, one of the villas has been uninhabited for years, but there is still light burning in the house. Curiosity drives Lion into the house, Bird follows hesitantly. Lion wants to take a further look, but Bird gets scared and leaves the house. A maid without a mask calls him out of the bush. She tries to convince him to hand the animal mask to her in order to command the overall visible light creatures. Her way out of the villa, she hopes. The master of the house enslaves intruders by letting them dance to his piano music. Once they are completely exhausted, he steals their animal masks, so they cannot escape anymore: They end up as light creatures working for him forever. The maid and Bird find a way to defeat the master of the house. Bird is now a lot more confident towards Lion. But the big change in him has only just begun.


Jan Koester was born in 1978 in Berlin and studied at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. His films include: the shorts MÜSLI (2002), OUR MAN IN NIRVANA (2006), THE PINETREE VILLA (2016), as well as numerous music videos and video installations.
Genre Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
Category Short
Year of Production 2016
Director Jan Koester
Screenplay Jan Koester
Cinematography Alexander Hill
Animation Jan Koester
Producer Christine Haupt
Production Company Hauptfilm Produktion
Length 13 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Hamburg KurzFilmFestival 2016, Toronto 2016, Chicago 2016, Flickerfest Sydney 2017, São Paulo Int. Short FF 2017, Clermont-Ferrand 2018
Awards Audience Award Hamburg 2016, ARTE Short Film Award 2016, SAE Qantm Award Flickerfest Sydney 2017
With backing from German Federal Film Board, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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