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Tito on Ice

To promote their comic book Bosnian Flat Dog (published by Seattle’s own Fantagraphics Books), Swedish artists Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson toured the countries of former Yugoslavia with a mummified Marshal Tito in a refrigerator. The book itself was based on a trip they took to an alternative comics convention in Sarajevo. Now comes the documentary, Tito on Ice, which takes Super 8 footage of their tour and animates it with cardboard cutouts and garbage and other recycled materials. The result is a surreal trip through the Balkans that is part promotion, part performance art, and part history of Marshal Tito and the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. It’s also about the underground arts and music venues that popped up when the country split apart. Through it all there is a comics creator’s eye at work. Live-action interviews suddenly switch to animation, which is like moving from one panel to the next in a comic book. The result emphasizes the content or the context of what is being said. More than 50 sets were built for the film, all shot and animated on Super 8 film. Tito on Ice is a joyous trip through the war torn subconscious of an underground artist.

Director Biography
Described as “Europe’s Tim Burton,” Max Andersson is a world-famous cartoonist and filmmaker known for books such as PIxy and Death and Candy Tito on Ice is his first feature-length film.

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Cast & Crew

Director: Helena Ahonen, Max Andersson
Producer: Max Andersson, Michael Sevholt
Editor: Max Andersson
Screenwriter: Max Andersson
Cinematographer: Helena Ahonen, Max Andersson,

Principal Cast: Lars Sjunnesson, Max Andersson, Helena Ahonen, Štefan Skledar, Katerina Mirovic
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
World Sales: Nail Films

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