Alois Nebel

2011/ 80min
Direction: Tomáš Luňák

A film adaptation of the graphic novel by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99.

The film tells the story of dispatcher Alois Nebel in the late 1980s at the railway station in Bílý Potok, a remote location on the Czechoslovakian-Polish border, the former Sudetenland. He is a loner who prefers collecting old timetables to the company of humans. But sometimes a mist covers the train station, and then he sees trains with ghosts and shadows from the dark past of Central Europe: World War II, the expulsion of the Germans, the Soviet occupation. Alois Nebel does not get rid of these nightmares and eventually ends up in a psychiatric hospital. There he meets "the dumb". Nobody knows why he came to Bílý Potok or what he is looking for, but it is he who helps Alois Nebel to fight against his demons ...

 "Alois Nebel" was animated in the technique of rotoscopy – a process in which all recordings are first shot with real actors and then transferred into animation. Essential parts of the film were realized in the studio of Balance Film in Dresden. The Czech-German-Slovak co-production "Alois Nebel" won the European Film Award in the Animated Feature Film category in December 2012. The film premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and has been invited to numerous renowned film festivals, including the Holland Animation Film Festival, where it won the 2012 Grand Prix.