Ani Antonova | Austria 2018 | 5 Min. | OmeU

In the 16th Century, the elephant Süleyman is sent as a gift on a long journey from Ceylon to Portugal. But the gift is passed on, and Süleyman has to continue his arduous journey for another five months, walking from Lisbon, over the Alps, to Vienna. To be a living royal gift is not an easy task and even death is not a peaceful end.
Precisely researched and demanding in terms of both content and visuals, the animated film The Outlander deals with otherness in a playful way, while also providing insights into the entanglements of the royal houses of the time.

Director: Ani Antonova
Animation: Ani Antonova, Dimiter Ovtcharov
Sound: Valeria Popova
Producer:Omega Films; St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (AT); Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (PT)

Thomas Edison Black Maria FIlm Festival (2020, USA) – Jury’s Citation Award
Under_The_Radar (Vienna, 2019, AT) – Audience Award
Florida Animation Festival (Florida, 2019, USA) – Honorable Mention / Frame by Frame / Traditional Animation
Tricky Women Animation Festival, (Vienna, 2019, AT) – Audience Award of the Austrian Panorama
ASIFA AUSTRIA / 2 Days Animation Festival (Vienna, 2018, AT) – Best narrative animation, -Audience Award

Born in 1986 in Chirpan, Bulgaria.
Ani Antonova is a multimedia artist living in Vienna.
She graduated Portuguese philology at Sofia University (2010, BG), Multimedia at “die Graphische” (2012, AT) and is currently studying Master in Experimental Media at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (AT).

“The Outlander” (2018) is her first animation film and it was made between Portugal, Austria and Bulgaria in cooperation with the historian Dr. Annemarie Jordan Gschwend.