“The end of the eighties in the twentieth century. Alois Nebel works as a dispatcher at the small railway station in Bílý Potok, a remote village on the Czech-Polish border. He’s a loner, who prefers old timetables to people, and he finds the loneliness of the station tranquil – except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, sees trains from the last hundred years pass through the station. They bring ghosts and shadows from the dark past of Central Europe. Alois can’t get rid of these nightmares and eventually ends up in sanatorium.
In the sanatorium, he gets to know The Mute, a man carrying an old photograph who was arrested by the police after crossing the border. No one knows why he came to Bílý Potok or who he’s looking for, but it is his past that propels Alois on his journey…”
That’s the synopsis for the Czech film Alois Nebel (which you might need since the teaser isn’t in English). It promises a great story based off of the Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99 graphic novels, but it’s the look and feel of the teaser trailer that sells it.
Rotoscoping is hit and miss. If a shot is composed so carefully, why augment it with loose animation? On the other hand, if the animation looks as elegant and arcane as it does in this trailer, there’s no room for complaint. Plus, the animation here matches the look of the original graphic novel, so it’s not hard to see why they chose that route.
Working on it since 2008, the film is directed by Tomáš Luňák, and it had better get outfitted with some subtitles and a ticket to America with the quickness.
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