Jonas Spriestersbach | Germany 2019 | 75 Min. | OmeU
Calling your cat via a telepathic hotline, imitating birdsongs, and biding farewell your beloved family dog. Human relations to animals are undoubtedly diverse and often a little enigmatic, may it be an emotional bond or a purely practical suitability.
In Animals, the frequent tragic-comical or even bizarre treatment of animals by humans is portrayed in varied and meticulous episodes. This cinematic round view, ranging from insect breeding to dog beauty pageants and the processing of cadavers, invites us to laugh as well as reflect.
Director: Jonas Spriestersbach
Camera and Sound: Jonas Spriestersbach, Gerhard Auer, Andrew Mottl
Editing: Ulrike Tortora
Producer: Nicole Leykauf
Vision du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland; Dok.fest Munich, Germany; Filmfest Bremen, Germany; Split International Festival of new Film, Croatia; Inconvenient Films, Vilnius, Lithuania; London International Documentary Film Festival, United Kingdom
Jonas Spriestersbach was born in 1982 in Hamburg. He studied psychology and art history before attending the university of arts in Kassel to study visual communications. From 2008 on he specified in cinematography at the university of film and television in Munich. As a cinematographer he has shot more than 20 short and some feature-lenght films since then. Since 2016 he is directing his own films. ANIMALS is his first feature.