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“Triptych” is Katia Lom’s graduation film from The National Film & Television School. It received 1st Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (Aug. 2018).
The film reflects on the nature of time and memory and is based on the true story of Katia’s family escaping the build up to what became known as “The Slansky Trials”: the first explicitly anti-Semitic show trial in Eastern Europe. The film is constructed on Katia’s mother’s memories of escaping Czechoslovakia in 1951 at the age of four with her parents through the woods at night.
The narrative blurs the line between fiction and documentary and explores the Jewish experience of exile.
The film deploys a non-linear structure to express the consequences of war on civilians throughout their lives. By using real vintage artefacts from Czechoslovakia and photographs from important Jewish archives, “Triptych” highlights the significance that objects hold in bearing witness to the past and connecting future generations to that history. With millions of people displaced as a direct consequence of armed and political conflict at this present day, the film attempts to bring to light both a personal and global experience.
Starring Lisa Diveney and Olivier Award Winner Simon Stephens, “Triptych” uses a combination of animation, live action and poetry.
The live action scenes were shot on 16mm. All of the animation scenes were created in-camera with a combination of replacement, stop motion, hand-drawn and pixilation animation.
“The sound gives shape to the story … and sets the tone with subtle atmosphere and music. The thoughtful choices contribute hugely to the emotional engagement of the piece.”
- Simon Sherbourne, Avid
Director & Animator / Katia Lom
Producer / Nikita Leibovici
Story / Katia Lom & Angelina Karpovich
Text / T.S. Eliot
Cinematographer / Jonathan Flint
Production Designer Live Action / Rosalind Grégoire
Production Designer Animation / Katia Lom
Editor / Patrick Miles Widdop
Sound Designer / Felipe Bolaño
Composer / Anna Bauer
Colourist & Online Editor / Eryk Hildebrand
1st Prize, Best Experimental Film, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Avid Award for Excellence in Sound Design
2018 Official Selection / Rhode Island International Film Festival
2018 Official Selection / Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival
2018 Official Selection / Underwire Film Festival
2018 Official Selection / UK Jewish Film Festival
2018 Official Selection / San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
2018 Roving Eye International Film Festival in partnership with Roger Williams University & Rhode Island International Film Festival
2018 Vermont International Film Festival
2018 Short Sounds Film Festival