Transparency of the sole

A poetry-film about adaptation for the sake of survival. The poet uses the Sole (flatfish) as a metaphor: The fish transforms into a grotesque distortion of fish in order to survive in the ever-hostile environment on the food-chain.

  • Diek Grobler
    Parys Suite
  • Antjie Krog
  • Anne Vanschothorst
  • Anne Vanschothorst
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Transparant van die Tongvis
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Distribution Information
  • Harp and Soul
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Diek Grobler

Director biography: Diek Grobler
Diek Grobler lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa. He trained as a visual artist and has been working with animation for 20 years. His films for children have won awards at KROK, Hiroshima, Tindirindis and Teheran. Since 2009 he has focuses in his personal work on animated poetry-film.

2022 - Transparency of the Sole. 3 min 50'. poetry-film
2021 - Exhale. 4 min poetry-film
2020 – B R E A T H E – 3 min 56 sec. a Filmpoem incited by the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 – Ruby & Roach: Creative Director
2018 – Mon Pays – 3 min 36 sec.
Paris suite – 13 min.
2013 - 2017 ‘Please Frog, just one sip’ 12 min. Drawn animation: Special award at Hiroshima International animation Festival 2018.
2016 – For the birds - 2 min 30
2015 – Stick in the mud : Installation of animated film, Venice Biennale, Italy. Dimensions variable.
2014 + 2016 Filmverse Project: Conceptualises and produces ‘Filmverse 1 & 2’ - a series of animated films inspired by Afrikaans poetry. Films from both projects traveled the festival circuit, and won some awards, amongst others at Annecy 2016.
2010 – Writes and directs Uit die Bloute , a 3 min x 26 episode animated series for kykNET, a South African TV channel.
2008 – the little birds ABC - 6 min. Producer and Director. The film wins Best Animated Film for Children at the Teheran International animation festival, Iran, KROK International animation festival, Ukraine, and Tindirindis International animation festival, Lithuania.
2007: - Agenda . 7 min. Puppet animation. Producer and director. Awards: South African Film and Television Awards: Best animation in a Short Film. Africala online short film award, Mexico.
2006: Little Bang- 12 min. Puppet animation. The film was selected into competition at 30+ festivals worldwide.

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