The French film “Anonymous Animals” by Baptiste Rouveure starts today hybrid in cinemas with UCM.ONE on the Artlkeim² label. In this case, “hybrid” means that the film can be seen in some open cinemas, but it is also available on the Kino on Demand platform and via Cinemalovers in “virtual cinemas” at the same time. The last two options mention support the currently closed cinemas.
In the home entertainment area, the film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from June 18, 2021, as well as VoD on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google, Joyn, Rakuten, Sooner and Kinoflimmern among others.
The experimental fictional film by director Baptiste Rouveure takes place in a world in which the positions of power of humans and animals have been reversed. In oppressive images and without any dialogue, the film draws its viewers: inside into gloomy, fog-shrouded landscapes and into sparsely lit rooms, in which frightened people face a gruesome fate and are thrown back on their instincts. Escape from the dominant animals appears to be the only possible way out …
“Anonymous Animals” combines the everyday horror that takes place around the human use of animals with a disturbing premise: what if the roles were reversed? Since its premiere, the film has had an enormously successful festival career at the most prestigious international genre film festivals and has received numerous awards.
At the intersection of fantasy and horror, “Anonymous Animals” questions the place of animals in our society. A film that has a long-lasting effect.
Baptiste Rouveure said of the film: “Anonymous Animals has its origin in an obsessive image: that of a horse attacking a man under carnivorous impulses. This unconscious nightmare image has come to nourish other real ones I had in my head from a rural childhood. Because of my proximity to a natural environment, I have been a privileged observer of a wild nature, but also a witness to the fateful hold of man on animals through exploitation and hunting. Over time, these sometimes bloody, macabre, cruel pictures have come to nourish a strong empathy towards the animal and a constant questioning of its place in our society.
This carnivorous horse that haunted me was the result of a dysfunction, a sick and dying nature. During the writing of the film, this digression of the food chain was then transformed into a transposition of the bodies between man and animal. The resulting anthropomorphic animals act according to our codes as dominant exploiters and hunters, carrying within them a dehumanization towards the… human species. This switching of roles thus places the human protagonists under the yoke of animal domination, for which there are nameless silhouettes of anonymous animals, involved in different kinds of exploitation where each is interchangeable with the other.”