– Antonin Niclass wins the Bafta for best short film
The young director was crowned Sunday in London by the prestigious award of the seventh British art for “Do not feed the pigeons”, a little gem of animation.
Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Lady Gaga, Shirley Bass and other Emily Watson led the show for the presentation of the Bafta, the most prestigious awards in British cinema. And for the Lausanne resident Antonin Niclass, it was also a party, he who was rewarded with the Bafta for the best animated short film with his co-authors Vladimir Krasilnikov and Jordi Morera, for “Do Not Feed the Pigeons”.
In eight minutes, this tale flutters at the dawn of a better world. Meanwhile, in the dismal waiting room of a metro, the birds will have conchied the humans, the pettiness of a wandering businessman, the silence of a tired housewife, even the thoughtlessness of a tramp.
“I liked the idea of stopping the course of the world, the night between two departures, explains Antonin Niclass. Beyond the strange atmosphere that reigns between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. in these corridors and drafts, we wanted to convey the idea of reconnecting with the living. The irony hangs over his conclusion: “Choosing this animal that everyone hates suddenly seemed very comical.”
“Why leave like Claude Barras to study abroad? He would be the first to say how hard it is here to finance a project of this kind.
Antonin Niclass, filmmaker
At 30, Antonin Niclass also displays a racing pigeon pedigree. The native of Geneva grew up in Savigny, studied in Bugnon. Its vocation is due to a computer cord that connected it to a Lego camera, an inexhaustible source of staging. “From there, I never stopped wanting to make films. I went to Belgium to obtain a diploma which allowed access to the National Film and Television School in London, a school which I had selected for its fluidity between disciplines.
It is there that some of his idols, Peter Lord, Nick Park and other happy creators of Wallace & Gromit were formed. “I also claim the influence of Roy Anderson (“A pigeon perched on a branch”, already!), for its extreme melancholy, or Wes Anderson, no doubt more dandy.» Elegance and nostalgia merge in this first short, hyper-sophisticated do-it-yourself in “stop motion”.
The Valaisian Claude Barras took this technique to a peak with “Ma vie de Courgette” (2016). “Why leave like him to study abroad? He would be the first to say how hard it is here to finance a project of this kind. And then I confess… I was in love with England.” And she pays it back, Antonin Niclass, strong in this Bafta, seeing his court courted by the biggest festivals.
Cecile Lecoultreof Belgian origin, graduated from the University of Brussels in art history and archaeology, has been writing in the cultural section since 1985. She is passionate about literature and cinema…among others!
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