|CEE Animation Forum
Paolo Piangino is a very happy man – because he can cry. His tears make other people happy. They can pick this happiness like flowers. But they cannot hold on to it.
Paolo Piangino is an unremarkable, short, happy man. He lives with his cat and he likes to cry – because his tears are his happiness. When he is sad, his tears cheer him up, and when he is happy they make him even happier. The townspeople watch with fascination as one day Paolo’s tears make red flowers bloom wherever they fall. These tears make Paolo famous. The people are thrilled – there is media hype – and everyone wants to invite Paolo into their home, hoping that he’ll shed a few tears for them. But soon all the buzz is too much for Paolo. He secretly leaves the town, leaving behind only a couple of flowers. The people of the small town begin to cry bitterly of sadness. Who knows – maybe one day their tears will be tears of happiness?
Paolo’s Happiness – based on the children’s book Paolo’s Glück by Sandra Luchsinger – is a parable of our fast-paced and hectic world, which leaves little to no room for quiet moments. On the contrary, the media are always on the lookout for events that they can turn into a spectacle – and individual happiness is often secondary. But Paolo successfully manages to avoid all this. This story touches me deeply. I am convinced that all children will understand it and that it can encourage them to show their feelings. Crying is a relief: it’s not only an expression of pain, sadness and weakness – people can also cry because they are happy, like Paolo. It is my goal to tell Paolo’s story with a lot of charm, humour and empathy as puppet animation. The heart of the book’s illustrations will still be recognizable in the design of both puppets and sets. That this film will be realized without dialogue is a special challenge for me.
Thorsten studied animation, illustration and photography at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein Halle. After finishing his studies with his graduation film Nebenan (stop-motion), he received a graduate scholarship and taught animation. Since 2005, he has been working as a freelance animator and collaborated on numerous international animated film productions.
Since June 2019, Grit Wisskirchen is the managing director of MotionWorks. Founded in 1998, the company is one of the largest animation studios in Germany. Wisskirchen studied animation at the University for Film and TV in Potsdam. For almost 20 years, she was a co-owner and managing partner of Balance Film. During this time, she was in charge of the production of award-winning international animated feature films. In 2018, she set up her own company FilmVermoegen.
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