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Three Questions to Anete Melece About the Animated Short Film “The Kiosk” 0


Last week Latvian illustrator AneteMelece (1983) participated in the Edinburgh International Film Festival – in short film section “Narrative”, which encompassed nine works from Singapore, Brazil, USA, Ireland, Israel, Germany and Canada.

Anete Melece demonstrated a seven-minute animation “The Kiosk” that was created earlier this year in Switzerland, where Anete has been living for the past six years.“For years now, the kiosk has been Olga’s little home simply because her sweet tooth and monotonous life has made her bigger than the exit. To distract herself, she reads travel magazines and dreams of being far away. An absurd incident starts the beginning of her journey,” reads the plot of the animation.

Also represented in the category “Narrative” was the Latvian and Estonian joint venture – animated short film “Villa Antropoff”, which was produced by KasparJancis and Vladimir Leschiov and which celebrated its premier last autumn. “The Kiosk”, however, in Latvia will only premier in August. More details to follow. has always been following Anete’s illustrations, comics and animated works that are known for their distinct handwriting. That’s why we asked Anete to tell us about the inspiration behind “The Kiosk” and the considerations that made her choose this precise visual language.

Also important to mention is that the Edinburgh International Film Festival, established in 1947, is one of the oldest in the world. Its patron since 1992 is the legendary Scottish actor and producer Sean Connery.

Anete Melece

In the making of the animated film “The Kiosk” I was inspired by…

work in the office.

I chose this style, color palette and mood…

because the storyline takes place in the city – greyish background on which more or less colorful spots are moving around. The kiosk and sometimes the environment has been influenced by Riga (an observant viewer will even notice the Freedom Monument). Although the characters participating in the film are fictional, and all the coincidences have not been deliberate, they all could have been seen sometime and somewhere before. This is a story about being stuck in the comfort zone of routine, that’s why the inspiration stems from the surrounding daily life. 

I would like the viewer to notice…

at least one of his relatives.