Four Souls of Coyote - SUB

Billed as an epic adventure based on a Native American creation myth, the film highlights the increasingly pressing need to live in harmony with the environment — before it is too late.
Set in the present day, Native Americans confront the crew of an oil pipeline project, just down the hill from the land of their ancestors. The grandfather evokes the ancient tale of their Creation myth, reminding all of us that the challanges facing humanity are universal, and we need to find our place in the great circle of creatures. Through adventures filled with animals, magic, hunger, greed and the sacred circle of all creations, the story gives us hope that humans can correct our course and preserve our species’ existence on Earth.
The film is created and directed by Áron Gauder who made a splash on the global animation scene with his feature debut, The District!, which was a favorite at festivals, screening at Toronto and picking up awards at Zagreb, Ottawa, Krok, Sitges, Kiev, Seoul and Annecy, where it won the Cristal for Feature Film.
The film’s primary aim is to offer a cinematic escape for audiences, presenting a magical world inspired by Native American folklore that takes us back to the wonders of life. The animated retelling of Coyote’s universal creation myth is teamed with messages about sustainability and shared responsibility.
Aimed at audiences of all ages, the project makes use of 2D and 3D, paintings and drawings created by Gauder himself. The film’s music was selected from authentic Native American songs.

"Stepping into the wonders of the tribal universe with the blending of the highest form of artistic storytelling, the Four Souls of Coyote is a gift to the wonders of humanity and the mystery of tribal people." /Charles Cambridge, PhD, University of Colorado, enrolled member of the Navaho Tribe/

  • Áron Gauder
    Klaustrofobien, (short), The Helping Soul (exam film), The District! series (6 episodes), The District! (animated feature), Egill, the Last Pagan (unfinished animated feature), Boxi (3D series), The Stone Axe Man (documentary serie) Bear Hunters in Érd , The Stone Axe Man (documentary serie) Samu’s Supper, The Stone Axe Man (documentary serie) Mammoth Hunt in Tata, Coyote and the Rock (animated short), Coyote and the Washitsu (animated short)
  • Áron Gauder
    District! Coyote and the Rock, Coyote and the Washitsu
  • Géza Bereményi
    ldorado, A tanítványok, The Bridgeman, A turné
  • Réka Temple
    Babar: King of the Elephants, Ned’s Newt, Fat Dog Mendoza, Pettson & Findus, The little Lulu show, Fantastic Flying Journey, The Cramp Twins, Princess of the Sun, The Wumblers, The Travels of Young Marco Polo, Tales From the Lakeside (series), Coyote and the Rock, Coyote and the White Man, Being Solomon, The Adventures of Candide, Tales from the Lakeside (feature film), Willy and the Guardians of the Lake, Four Souls of Coyote
  • Lorne Cardinal
    Key Cast
  • Diontae Black
    Key Cast
  • Danny Kramer
    Key Cast
  • Stephanie Novak
    Key Cast
  • Priscilla Landham
    Key Cast
  • David Mattle
    Key Cast
    "Hoksila (2-9 y.o.)"
  • Lily Rose Silver
    Key Cast
    "Wichincala (2-9 y.o.)"
  • Bill Farmer
    Key Cast
  • Cle Bennett
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  • Bob Klein
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  • John Bentley
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    "Lightning/Mountain lion"
  • Fred Tatasciore
    Key Cast
  • Karin Anglin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 46 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2023
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Director Biography - Áron Gauder

graduated from Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest and the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Áron is a director and scriptwriter, has won numerous awards including the Cristal Award of Annecy International Animated Film Festival with his feature length animated film The District!. He also directs documentaries and is an Associate Professor at Metropolitan University.

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Director Statement

I would like to present the wisdom of a bygone world. In several cases the perspective of the so-called primitive folks is much more modern than “more advanced” Western thinking. Global warming and the rapid destruction of the environment cause common problems. Thousands of documentaries are being produced about this theme, and a great number of scientists have proven the very facts Native Americans have been talking about for centuries.
This film honours the wisdom of a humiliated and crushed nation. Four Souls of Coyote is an alternative and more modest creation myth, in which the human being is neither the top creature of nature nor the king of the world, but only one of all the creatures. Surprisingly, these archaic myths depict the interrelations of the world quite similarly to modern scientific results. The former represents the only alternative to a capitalist society.
With the help of the animation, I would like to tell this story in an adventurous way in order to point out that we should live an environmentally more responsible life and that we should respect Mother Nature. The film goes back to the creation of the world, when Old Man and Coyote created life from mud. His every creation is new and unknown and affects the rest of the world. Desire and emotions are unknown, and with their evolution, the world becomes more complicated.
“As long as the grass grows,” the Native Americans once said, and they meant eternity. They did not know it might be endangered in the future. Earth has tolerated everything so far but its strength is reducing quickly. We can only save it together.