Release Year: 2012
Directors: Max Andersson and Helena Ahonen
Production: Nail Films
MAX ANDERSSON is a Swedish comic author and director of short films based in Berlin since 1997. The passion for comics has deep roots planted in his childhood, but it was in his twenties that Max started working on his first movies. He is a true craftsman of analogue filming, whose bibliography counts seven films among which the multiple award-winning One Hundred Years. Max's stories, as well as his underground and artistic comics, have been translated into twenty languages.
HELENA AHONEN is Max's long-time collaborator on different art projects. Besides running a design studio and shop in Berlin, Helena decided to become a filmmaker. This documentary film is her debut.
Berlin Mov(i)e Activism (Germany, 2017)
Kragujevac Mov(i)e Activism (Serbia, 2016)
Rijeka Mov(i)e Activism (Croatia, 2016)
Easterndaze x Berlin (Germany, 2016)
AltCom (Sweden, 2016)
Grand Prize for best feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2013
Best Feature Film at BeThere! Animation Festival in 2014
About the movie
Tito on Ice is a journey through the Balkan region. This by itself wouldn't be probably something special when one of the passengers wouldn't be Marshal Tito. Comic artists Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson decided to do an unconventional promotion of their comic book Bosnian Flat Dog. They created a papier-mâché sculpture of the Communist leader and took it through this exotic and chaotic corner of Europe. They dressed the doll up, improvised a passport for their friend and, of course, put a cigar into its mouth.
Travelling through the former Yugoslav countries like that mustn't have been that easy. Actually, there are some very funny situations the party went through in the movie. The film features a mix of footages from improvised scenes, interviews, stop-motion animations and other techniques. Doing do, the directors aimed to replicate the complex and multifaceted character of the geopolitical region. The topic switches from political observations to discussions related to comics and culture. Two famous comic artists, Aleksandar Zograf and Igor Hofbauer give their own interpretation of the events in the region.
In this documentary film, one can find both the typical sense of humour of the locals and the grotesque reminders of the not so distant war. Tito is coming back to what once was his Yugoslavia to witness the changes new political and economic powers imposed on the citizens of the newly formed countries. However, despite the differences between official politics in these countries, Tito also witnessed a common feeling of dispersion into the modern west-oriented society.
Apart from the far-reaching and maybe even universal questions it poses, the movie attracts the audience with an excellent selection of local alternative bands, mainly from the postpunk Novi Val era in the 80's, but also some older garage bands as well as some more contemporary ones. Some of the famous that made the history of the Yugoslav rock music are Idoli, Termiti, Električni Orgazam, Obojeni Program and Crveni Koralji. But an underground movie with Tito couldn't miss Tito’s bojs.