Surrealist hand drawn biographical film about a weird artist from Montenegro

Urosh survived the horrors of war and a concentration camp as a young boy, which left lasting consequences on his psyche. Throughout his life, the genious artist is haunted by the fear of death and the face of a soldier he remembers from his youth. He sees that face all around him, in the faces of ordinary people, passers-by, friends. He is fighting to escape from this ominous apparition by resorting to various "recipes" for achieving immortality which border on sanity. Through ascetic rituals, foolish behaviour, ironic and defiant remarks he manages to defeat the Soldier. His entire life is just a constant metamorphosis of his own drawings.

Director’s statement
As animated film director I create specific surreal narratives that correspond to the aesthetics of constant metamorphosis of the charcoal-drawn image in animation. This means that I usually allow myself a lot of freedom to change ideas while animating, as to let myself „be guided by drawing“. Still, I am trying to find a way to not let this „freedom“ interfere with the basic logic of the storyline. I am trying to find basic dramatic principles of the short story that are crucial to the story structure of my film, so that even if I interfere to some of the storyline in the process, I can still keep the logic and power of the story. I find inspiration in the works of animators such as Theodore Ushev, William Kentridge or Piotr Dumala.

Director and Scriptwriter
Mato Uljarević

Country of production


Animation Technique

stop motion

Production company

DOK Produkcija

CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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