Far and wide, nothing but snow, ice and pleasant silence. That is, until a helicopter full of noisy tourists lands. A quick round of selfies and then they’re off again, leaving behind a heap of trash and a tiny dog which is immediately adopted by four Arctic hares. The Berlin-based collective Talking Animals returns to Generation with a humorous yet biting cinematic commentary on animal empathy and human ignorance.
by Milen Vitanov
with Vera Trajanova, Metodi Litzev
Germany / Bulgaria 2020 Without dialogue 8’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 5 years and up


  • Vera Trajanova (Ms Müller)
  • Metodi Litzev (Rabbits)


DirectorMilen Vitanov
ScreenplayVera Trajanova, Milen Vitanov
AnimationMilen Vitanov, Marie-Josephine Tucholski, Dalibor Rayninger
CinematographyOlaf Aue
EditingJens Prausnitz
MusicLeonard Petersen
Sound DesignMichal Krajczok
Production DesignSusanna Jerger
Assistant DirectorVera Trajanova
Production ManagerVera Trajanova
ProducersMilen Vitanov
Executive ProducerVera Trajanova
Co-ProducersMina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Co-ProductionAktivist38, Sofia
ZDF/Redaktion Siebenstein, Berlin

Milen Vitanov

Born in Prague, the Czech Republic in 1978, he grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2007, he graduated with a degree in animation from the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf near Berlin. His short films have screened at numerous international festivals and have won several awards. In 2009, he co-founded the Talking Animals Animation Collective studio with a group of fellow Babelsberg graduates and friends.

Filmography (short films)

2007 My Happy End 2012 Rising Hope 2015 Natural Novel in 8 Chapters 2016 Bango Vassil 2020 Mishou

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020