“The Last Bar” was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Film Prize for the Best Animated Film at the Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2023. The stop-motion film was created as a graduation project by the team around director Arne Hain – including Svenja Weber, Theresa Worm, Torben Hensel and Louis Wick – at the Animationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.
The jury (producer Sven Bergmann, director and author Sveta Yuferova and Matthias Bäuerle) gave the following reasons for their choice: “Unflinchingly cleverly animated, obsessed with detail in every aspect of design and almost suicidally produced – considering the insane amount of work involved in stop-motion films, the filmmakers* around Arne Hein, Svenja Weber, Theresa Worm, Torben Hensel and Louis Wick present us with a cinematically visually stunning and dramaturgically highly unusual and powerful debut work. On the big screen, ‘The Last Bar’ draws us deep into an existentialist merry-go-round with mysterious but also loving characters. The result is great, impetuous and impressive cinematic passion. This is Sturm und Drang. This is dreaming with open eyes. More of this, please. Much more.”
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