The Hangman at Home
Directors: Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot
Denmark, Canada, France, 2021, 14 min
Crew:Writers: Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot. Producers: Lana Tankosa Nikolic (Late Love Production), Avi Amar (Floréal Films), Katayoun Dibamehr (Floréal Films), Emmanuel-Alain Raynal (Miyu Productions), Pierre Baussaron (Miyu Productions), Marc Bertrand (NFB).
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"What does the hangman think about when he goes home at night from work?”
Inspired by the iconic Carl Sandburg poem (1922), The Hangman at Home explores themes of acknowledgement and participation.
The animated film invites you into five interwoven stories featuring people caught in a pivotal moment: they are fragile, playful, terrified, contemplative, confused, curious. We watch their intimate deeds in a reflective state, and they gaze back, transforming us from spectators to witnesses. The film is not about hanging people, but about the awkward intimacy that comes with being human, and the connection between spectator, witness, and accomplice. The Hangman at Home reveals that we are all alike in these moments, while also raising questions of responsibility.
The Hangman at Home is a co-production between Late Love Production (Denmark), Miyu Productions (France), Floréal Films (France) and the National Film Board of Canada.
About the directors
Michelle Kranot - Michelle and Uri Kranot’s work has expanded beyond traditional animation, fusing painting, drawing and new technologies into contemporary experiences. Their work is frequently characterized by a poetic sensibility and fragmented narratives exploring past and present, fact and fiction.
The Kranots first gained recognition with works such as Nothing Happens, Songbird, How Long Not Long, Black Tape and Hollow Land. They have been honoured with the top industry awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work at the 77th Biennale di Venezia, the Fipresci Prize at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, a place on the Oscars® shortlist, and the Danish Arts Foundation award for the performing arts. Both are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Uri Kranot -