Various stills from the 'It’s A Mad, Mad Pannonia World' program
Various (2021)

ACMI & Melbourne International Animation Festival present

It’s A Mad, Mad Pannonia World

Unclassified (15+)
Film program


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28 Oct –2 Nov 2021

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A collection of hallucinogenic chronicles and insightful fever dreams of life in Hungary through the eyes of the artists who created them.

The Pannonia Studio has a fascinating history. Formed in 1951 in communist era Hungary, it produced hundreds of animated shorts and more than 20 animated features – including the classic Son Of White Mare by Marcell Jankovics. The animated shorts being made at Pannonia were unlike anything else being made in Eastern Europe at the time. Some of the works seemed to offer a surprisingly sharp social commentary and many of them burst with a colourful and psychedelic or surrealist energy.

It’s A Mad, Mad Pannonia World packs in a collection of hallucinogenic chronicles of decadence, irreverent visual analysis of social mores or insightful fever dreams of life in Hungary through the eyes of the artists who created them.

Short films

Hey, You
Peter Szoboszlay
Hungary, 7 mins, 1976 (NL)

Bela Wejsz
Hungary, 3 mins 2 secs, 1989 (NL)

Gyorgy Kovasznai
Hungary, 9 mins 20 secs, 1970 (SL)

Jozsef Gemes
Hungary, 5 mins, 1969 (NL)

Car With Seven Dots
Zsolt Richly
Hungary, 7 mins 36 secs, 1973 (NL)

Gobble Gobble
Istvan Banyai
Hungary, 5 mins 57 secs, 1976 (NL)

The Kidnapping Of The Sun And The Moon
Sandor Reisenbuchler
Hungary, 11 mins 13 secs, 1969 (NL)

Tales From The Art World
Gyorgy Kovasznai
Hungary, 10 mins 15 secs, 1965 (Subs)

Order In The House
Peter Szoboszlay
Hungary, 4 mins 52 secs, 1970 (SL)

Peter Szoboszlay
Hungary, 5 mins 23 secs, 1972 (NL)

Format: DCP
Language: English
Runtime: 85

Event duration

85 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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