WonderWomen: Rocks In My Pockets
Latvia's Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity.
Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.
Signe Baumane was born in Latvia. She received a BA degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University in 1989. Eight months after giving birth to her son she was checked into a mental hospital and diagnosed as manic-depressive. Despite the diagnosis, Signe made three animated short films in Latvia before moving to New York in 1995. In New York she continued to work in the field of animation and made twelve more award-winning animated shorts. Her films have screened at Sundance, Berlin, Annecy, Venice, Tribeca and hundreds of other film festivals around the world. Rocks in My Pockets is her first feature film project.
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