Eyes and Horns
BLOCK C | Bold & Beautiful
Thursday, March 23 | 8 - 10 PM
The Mercantile | Burro Alley
Dress for the Weather
Screenings & Awards
Ann Arbor Film Festival • Animafest Zagreb • VIS Vienna Shorts • Annecy International Animation Festival • Frameline45: the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival • Odense Film Festival • DokuFest • Imaginaria Animation Festival • VAF Viborg Animation Festival • BIAF Bucheon Animation Festival • Linoleum Animation Festival • Ottawa Animation Festival • Festival Mix Milano – LGBTQ+ • Uppsala Short Film Festival • Cyprus Short Film Festival • Drama International Short Film Festival • Guanajuato Film Festival • Animation Volda • Oslo/Fusion Film Festival • Big Cartoon Festival • Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival • Denver Film Festival • Tofuzi Animation Festival • Bit Bang Animation Festival • PÖFF Shorts – Black Nights • Chéries Chéris LGBT Festival • Canlandıranlar Film Festival • Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival • Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival • Cartoons Underground • Tous Courts Aix en Provence • Animafantasia • International Queer Film Festival • Minimalen Short Film Festival • Brussels Animation Festival • Ifva Awards • Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche • Roanne Animation Festival • Kaboom Animation Festival • Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival • Living Skies Student Film Festival • Tricky Women • Festival of Films on Art • MONSTRA – Lisbon Animation Festival • Mecal Pro Short Film Festival • Florida Film Festival • GLAS Animation Festival • 2ANNAS Riga Short Film Festival • Sehsüchte Student Film Festival • Filmfest Bremen • Atlanta Film Festival • Busan Short Film Festival • Mediawave Győr • Sommets Animation Festival • Short Waves • Nashville Film Festival • deadCenter Film Festival • Fest Anca • Anibar Peja • Insomnia Animation Festival • La Guarimba Film Festival • Animist Tallinn • Nancy Film Festival • Supernova Animation Festival • Minikino Film Week • Animasyros Animation Festival • Fringe Queer Film & Arts Fest • Fish & Chips Film Festival • GAZE LGBTQ+ Film Festival • Festival of Animation Berlin • Primanima Pest • Tacoma Film Festival • TAIS Animation Showcase • TLVFest - Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival • The Animattikon Project • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival • Queer Film Festival • 24fps International Short Film Festival
Cast & Crew
EXPERIMENTAL | 2021 | 6 min. 15 sec.
SUGGESTED RATING | R
COUNTRY | United States, Germany, Republic of Korea
LANGUAGE | No Dialogue
PRODUCERS | Fabian Driehorst, Chaerin Im
DIRECTOR | Chaerin Im
WRITER | Chaerin Im
Exploration of masculinity begins with the Minotaur, a mythical creature Picasso used to portray himself in his etching print series. The Minotaur goes through a violent struggle between being male and female. Finally, lines blur and boundaries of sexes disappear.
About the Director
Chaerin Im (born 1994 in Seoul) is an experimental filmmaker from South Korea who explores gender issues and sexual imagery with the use of craftsmanship and distinctive materials. She graduated from Seoul National University’s Visual Communication Design BFA program (2017) and earned an MFA degree from the CalArts Experimental Animation MFA program (2020). Her films have been accepted to various widely-known festivals such as Annecy, DOK Leipzig, Hiroshima, and Slamdance.
The inspiration came when I was going through Picasso’s Vollard Suite, an etching series of 100 prints produced from 1930 till 1937. The artwork reflects Picasso’s erotic and artistic obsessions through the Minotaur, a hybrid creature who is violent, cruel, and lacks control of his outbursting masculinity. The constant depiction of the Minotaur devouring women that appeared in the prints gave me an unsettling curiosity about the mindset of this self-observant, confident, yet disruptive male artist. I envied the power and acceptance Picasso had, but at the same time was very disturbed by the toxic masculinity and misogyny that were so prevalent in his artwork and love life. These contradicting feelings and thoughts evoked by Picasso’s Vollard Suite was the driving force behind the film Eyes and Horns. With the use of light, reflection,and shadow of the engraved plexiglass and cyanotypes, the film goes through the gender-shifting faces of the Minotaur, a violent struggle between the two sexes, the transformation of the female body, and the destruction of gender connotations. I wanted to talk about the out-dated masculinity Picasso represents, the unnamed women portrayed in numerous artworks, and the transformation between two gender and two sexes. Ultimately, a new sexuality is born from the blurring lines and overturn of connotations. But in the process of this discovery, we realize that numerous categories aside from the binary classification of male and female, or men and women, have always existed, but never properly acknowledged.