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Podcast: Eva Cvijanović (“Hedgehog’s Home”)

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In episode 72 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Eva Cvijanović, director of the National Film Board of Canada/Bonobostudio short Hedgehog’s Home.

A graduate of Concordia University, Eva’s independent film work includes 2010’s Once Upon a Many Time and 2013’s Seasick. Her work with the National Film Board of Canada began with her participation in the seventh edition of the Hothouse apprenticeship scheme, for which she made The Kiss (2011). Since then she has created the micro-short Survival of the Fittest (originally produced in 2014 and released this year as part of the NFB’s Naked Island series) with Hedgehog’s Home, a stop-motion adaptation of Branko Ćopić’s classic children’s book, being her most ambitious film project to date. Having premiered in February at the prestigious Berlinale festival, the film is presently screening at Animafest Zagreb with upcoming selections including next week’s Annecy festival and Anima Mundi in July.

Produced by Jelena Popović of the NFB and Vanja Andrijević of Bonobostudio, the film interweaves Eva’s distinct directorial approach with exquisite animation by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson, set to a compelling score by Croatian musician Darko Rundek.  With Eva’s films often emphasizing character and environments, the lush, needle-felted world of Hedgehog’s Home and its attention to detail in terms of the subtlety and nuance of the character performance has proved a perfect fit for this emerging director’s style.

Also discussed in this episode: Annecy anticipation, the quasi-controversy of Red Shoes, Emoji Movie emoting and the gloriously dubious VFX of Twin Peaks. Stream below or direct download:

To see more of Eva Cvijanović’s work visit furkafilms.com

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