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Granny's Sexual Life declared best film at Berlin animation film fest


Berlin - The list of about a dozen accolades for Babičino Seksualno Življenje (Granny's Sexual Life), an animated documentary by Urška Djukić and Émilie Pigeard, has been expanded with the Best Film Award at the Festival of Animation Berlin.

The film explores the intimate history of a rural grandmother to shed light on how women in the first half of the 20th century, coerced by strict Church doctrine and general social conventions, were perceived as objects for the satisfaction of their husbands' sexual desires.

It draws from the testimonies collected by Milena Miklavčič for the book Fire, Ass and Snakes Are Not Toys, with Miklavčič's interviews with around 2,000 women who were young in the 1930s revealing for instance that none of them ever experienced an orgasm, Djukić has said.

Granny's Sexual Life is a Slovenian-French co-production, the Slovenian producer being Studio Virc, and the French partners Ikki films and ARTE television along with CNC and Ciclic Animation Residency.

The film, whose accolades include the Audience Award at Ljubljana's Animateka festival, the Grand Prix at the Tampere Film Festival, and the Best Documentary Award at the Riga International Short Film Festival, is a short film candidate for the European Film Awards.

A place among the nominees for the European Film Awards has also been secured by the animated short Steakhouse by Slovenia's leading animator Špela Čadež, which was screened in Berlin as well.


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