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Hollow Land

Short film by Michelle and Uri Kranot (Israel)

Premiere: 2013
Duration: 14 minutes

Michelle and Uri Kranot are independent filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists. Though originally from Israel, they have been living away from their “homeland” for many years. They have been making films and projects in different countries, searching for their “utopia” in animation and in reality. Their films have won numerous international prizes and participated in several film festivals. They have conducted master classes all around the world and have had retrospective screenings, including at the Forum des Images in Paris back in 2009. For the past nine years, they have been working as artists in residence at The Animation Workshop in Viborg where they also teach and guide the bachelor projects of the school.
Hollow Land is a story about the eternal human search for a place to call home, a film that begins, as all such searches must, with the dream of utopia. Solomon and Berta are two seekers who arrive —their treasured bathtub improbably in tow– in a seemingly sun-washed land that promises respite from their many journeys. Whether it’s reusing a tea bag or fiddling with pipes until they finally work, Solomon tries to make the best of whatever comes his way. Berta is not so optimistic, and she is not willing to give up on her dream. From the hopeful first moments of Berta and Solomon’s arrival, to the final haunting scene at sea, Hollow Land is an evocative animated film that captures the unsettled state of those who find themselves displaced – whether by circumstance or by choice.
Hollow Land has received critical praise from numerous film festivals already, including Bristol En-counters, Bradford Animation Festival and Giffoni Film Festival. The films positive reception reached new heights when Hollow Land got shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014 and were among the final 10 nominees.