Unfortunately, due to the adopted nationwide tightening of Corona measures, the theatrical release via UCM.ONE of “Anonymous Animals” could not take place on the big screen on 22 April 2021 as originally planned.
We are all the more pleased to announce that the feature film will now have a “hybrid” theatrical release on May 13, 2021 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which means that if any interested cinemas are open at that time, it can be shown there, but it will also be shown simultaneously on the Kino on Demand platform and made available to virtual cinemas via Cinemalovers. Both options will support cinemas that are currently closed. The home entertainment launch will be on the Artkeim² label on June 18, 2021, on DVD and Blu-Ray as well as VoD on Apple TV, Prime Video, Google, Joyn, Sooner and Kinoflimmern, among others.
Director Baptiste Rouveure‘s experimental feature film is set in a world where the positions of power of humans and animals have been reversed. In oppressive images and without any dialogue, the film draws its viewers into gloomy landscapes shrouded in mist and into sparsely lit rooms where 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 enjoyed an enormously successful festival career at the most prestigious international genre film festivals and has received numerous awards.
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.”