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Das Monument (The Monument)Monument

1990, color, 4 min., Animation
Directors: Klaus Georgi, Lutz Stützner
Cinematography: Helmut Krahnert
Screenplay: Klaus Georgi, Lutz Stützner
Animation: Barbara Atanassow, Holger Havlicek

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A statue, with outstretched arm pointing “forward,” is unveiled to thunderous applause. Then one day it turns around to point the other way. Thunderous applause.

Klaus Georgi was born in Halle/Saale in 1925. From 1946 to 1952, he studied at the Institute for Artistic Design at Burg Giebichenstein and became a freelance graphic designer. He belongs to the founding generation of the DEFA Studio for Animation Films in Dresden and was one of their major animators from 1954 until 1989. Georgi has primarily directed animated cartoons, except for an occasional foray into puppet animation. His oeuvre includes almost 70 films.

Lutz Stützner was born in Königsbrück in 1957. From 1979 to 1982, he studied graphic art in Berlin and worked as an animator, designer and writer. His debut as a director was the cartoon Queen of Hearts (1987). In 1988 he joined the DEFA Studio for Animation Films, where he directed the series Mausi and Kilo and co-directed films with Klaus Georgi until 1990. Stützner currently works with the Studio 88 cartoon company in Dresden and is the co-director of the cinema version of the children’s cartoon series, The Little King Macius, based on stories by Janusz Korczak.

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