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The immediate appeal of Anna Katalin Lovrity’s Volcano Island is in the striking design. The bold colours and simple shapes give the vague impression of construction paper cut-outs, perfectly suited to the slightly surreal, impossibly perfect tropical island.

As lovely as Lovrity’s visuals are, though, the story they tell is a darker one. A young female tiger living peacefully. A dominant male taking an unwelcome interest. The island paradise gradually shrinking, its once-welcoming shores now just an elabourate cage.

Even at its most intense, Lovrity’s film remains gorgeous to look at. But its picture of paradise trampled by toxic masculinity is a haunting one, despite the beauty.

 

VOLCANO ISLAND

dir: Anna Katarin Lovrity

syn: Somewhere, on an oceanic island, the forces of nature are still at work as in primeval times. A young, naive female tiger lives there in harmony with herself and nature. When her awakening femininity is noticed by an older male tiger, the young tigress is getting more and more scared by his heated approach. But it is impossible to escape on the secluded island. The feelings of the young animal are reflected by the volcano island, and with the help of nature, she can finally act upon her own will.



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