“Animals” is an episodic documentary film. It shows people who contemplate or puzzle over animals in order to understand them. In this case, to understand means the animals must comply with their own notions. The animals are bred and shaped; they are being modified. Their sounds are imitated, attempts of reenactment are undertaken. What does the animal have to offer? As we keep digging deeper, all sense of certainty are lost. And as the humans are increasingly disappointed by the animals, slowly but surely a melancholic perplexity sets in. While the initial hope was to find answers, the true focus of the search was solely the protagonists' own ego. It is only logical, then, that the people ultimately put on animal costumes in order to take over the animals' role.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Jonas Spriestersbach was born in 1982 in Hamburg. He studied psychology and art history before attending the university of arts in Kassel to study visual communications. From 2008 on he specified in cinematography at the university of film and television in Munich. As a cinematographer he has shot more than 20 short and some feature-lenght films. Since 2016 he is directing his own films. „Animals“ is his first feature.