Animated Films from Germany
Anna Samoylovich: Hocus Pocus, 2009, circus ring
Anna Samoylovich: Hocus Pocus, 2009, magician
Anna Samoylovich: Hocus Pocus, 2009, circus tent and caravans

A brilliant half moon in a dark blue sky above a dishevelled circus tent. Anna Samoylovich begins her cinematic tale of master magicians with a classic cartoon circus cornucopia. The ringmaster chases the magician with a tiger whip, and the magician chases the tiger, getting the tiger to eat him – or is it the other way round? The artistes' evening veers between harmony and chaos, amid knife-throwers, wrestlers, weightlifters, and the bouquet of flowers that the head of the circus intended for a radiant artiste, but which is eaten by a rabbit that was not in the top hat according to plan. Are the magicians' props – playing cards, black and red silk scarves, rings, balls, apples and doves – all moved by the secret control of the magician Pilarski – his turning of the cards, audience manipulation and sleight of hand – or are the magical objects and figures tumbling across the screen according to the plans of his deadly rival Viktor Cagliostro?
Sadly, the film ends without our ever finding out.

  • Author, screenplay: Anna Samoylovich
  • Year: 2009
  • Length: 4.12 min.
  • Technique: Drawn cartoon and cutout animation
  • Animation: Anna Samoylovich
  • Drawings: Anna Samoylovich
  • Music: Daniel Regenberg
  • Mixing: Michał Krajczok
  • Directed by: Anna Samoylovich
  • Produced by: Film & Television Academy (HFF) "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg

Anna Samoylovich

  • 1980
    born in Moscow
  • 1999–2001
    studied architecture in Moscow
  • 2002–2006
    studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow
  • 2006–2009
    studied at the Film & Television Academy (HFF) "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg
Anna Samoylovich: Hocus Pocus, 2009, trombone players