Einmart © DEFA-Stiftung
Mutant creatures live on a hermetically-sealed, devastated planet called Einmart. They are ruled by a huge black birdman, the Dominator, who is capable of ‘freefall.’
The protagonist begins to copy these movements, and to his surprise, he himself manages to grow wings and takes to the skies. But his attempt at flight ends in a sobering manner when he learns that flying creatures are restricted in their range.
This short film combines drawn and cut-out animation techniques.
It is available for streaming as part of the collection Lutz Dammbeck: Against the Mainstream.
The very first images in the film set unprecedented standards in East German animated film: a Buñuelean eye that fills the entire screen, real-life sequences of fleeing animals and a sound collage running contrary to what is seen on the screen. This also extends to the protagonist of the film, a head on a foot without a body or arms who pads wearily through the depressing surroundings. Overall, Dammbeck creates a rich visual world that masterfully paraphrases other filmmakers and which is supported by a musique concrète soundtrack.