Granny's Sexual Life wins César for best animated short

Paris, 25 February - Granny's Sexual Life, an animated documentary by Slovenia's Urška Djukić, won the French film award César for best animated short as the award ceremony was held in Paris on Friday evening.

An image from the animated documentary Granny's Sexual Life by Urška Djukić and Émilie Pigeard.
Photo: Urška Djukić
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The film takes a trip into the youth and intimate life of grandmother Vera to shed light on how Slovenian women in the first half of the 20th century.

Coerced by strict Church doctrine and social conventions, they were perceived as objects for gratification of their husbands' sexual desires.

It is based on the anonymous testimonials by women that author Milena Miklavčič gathered in her books "Ogenj, rit in kače niso za igrače" (Fire, Ass and Snakes Are Not Toys).

"We know that the French have a special status when it comes to film, as they are considered the inventors of film and great masters of this art and of the audio visual industry. This is why the nomination for the César Award alone ... was a tribute to Slovenian film makers, as it was the first in the history of Slovenian film," Djukić told the STA.

Djukić directed the film in collaboration with French animator Emilie Pigeard, wrote the script together with Maria Bohr, and also edited the film made as a Slovenian-French co-production.

The director praised "older women who have the power to encourage young women, give them support and help them overcome outdated social patterns of subordination."

Djukić added that the award was also "confirmation that concealed family violence against women is very much alive and an important topic that we have to talk about."

The film won the EFA award for best short film in December, having already won several other awards, including the Grand Prix at the Tampere Film Festival, best European animated film at the Go Short festival in the Netherlands and best film at the Festival of Animation Film in Berlin.

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