MOME - Moholy Nagy Művészeti Egyetem



The Noise of Licking in Cannes


A Hungarian animation short film has been invited by the Cannes Film Festival starting on 11th May. The Noise of Licking directed by Nadja Andrasev as her diploma film at the animation department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME Anim) with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund competes in the Cinefondation program presenting the best of film schools from all around the world. The jury of Cinefondation is this year headed by Naomi Kawase, Japanese film director.

The main character of the 9-minute digital drawn animation, The Noise of Licking is watched every day by the neighbor's cat, as she takes care of her exotic plants. Day by day the cat is lured further into her sensual world, until one night he disappears and their perverted ritual comes to an end. Time passes, the plants grow large and the woman lives her life in content isolation, until a peculiar man pays her a visit...

According to Nadja Andrasev, director of The Noise of Licking: „my film was inspired by a short story written by Ádám Bodor, in which I was initially captivated by the absurd situation of an unexpected visitor silently watching a woman in her own living room as she is going about her day. Introducing another layer of voyeurism and sexuality to the original work, my aim was to capture an atmosphere in which we have a glimpse of the characters’ various ways of coping with loneliness, desire, sometimes self-destructing fetishes, and where at times it is difficult to differentiate between reality and imagination."

The Noise of Licking was made at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest with the support of the Hungarian Film Fund. Producer of the film is József Fülöp, the editor Judit Czakó, and the sound designer Péter Benjámin Lukács. Earlier this year the film was awarded the Best Animation Short Film by the Association of the Hungarian Critics, and following the international premiere in Cannes, it will also compete in Annecy, the leading international animation film festival.

Nadja Andresev graduated at MOME Anim in 2015, and then participated in the Animation Sans Frontiéres (ASF) international animation workshop. She presently works on the development of her next film, while working as the production manager of animation films.

Cinéfondation was founded by the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, and has presented some Hungarian shorts since then. The Noise of Licking is the first Hungarian animation film ever selected for the program of Cinéfondation.

MOME Anim is one of the defining creative workshops and intellectual centres of Hungarian animation. Its scope of activities cover the operation of the university department running the animation BA and MA educational programs, while its work is defined by activities that reach beyond education. Production activities are of key importance, talent management and content development set in an international network are of significant role: an important outcome is the creation and operation of incubator programs. The acquisition of research topics examining the contemporary issues related to animation film in regional, historical or other contexts is also part of the workshop’s life.
The Hungarian National Film Fund supports the diploma films made at three Hungarian film schools, among them MOME Anim. The aim of the Film Fund is to offer the possibility of practice and experimention for young talents, thus helping the future of the profession.