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“Concrete”, a short film investigating the meaning of life

The meaning of life and the search for one’s place in the world are some of the greatest human questions in the history of all time, issues that trouble most of us and recurring topoi in philosophy, literature, art and psychology.
Nicolas Roth, Pirmin Bieri, Luca Struchen and Aira Joana – four students from the Lucerne School of Art and Design – chose them as the main themes for “Concrete“, their graduation film, a short film that mixes 2D animation and 3D modelling.

Concrete” illustrates the journey of a restless traveller tormented by his recurring transformations and in search of his place in the world. Between mysterious encounters and brutalist architecture surrounded by endless swamps, the protagonist transports us into a world of uncertainties and lets us experience with him the analysis and discovery of himself.

With an open and abstract narrative, this short film is open to countless interpretations and is a fine example of independent cinema.


Animation 2D: Aira Joana, Fela Bellotto
Animation 3D: Nicolas Roth, Pirmin Bieri, Additional Animation 3D: Nadja Schöpfer, Samuel Flores, Livia Werren, Samantha Leung, Wesllen Gschwind, Haidi Marburger, Özgür Befrin
Additional Texturing: Kai Müri, Raphael Pfyffer
Voices: Michaels Fuchs
Music: Rahel Zimmermann
Foleys: Dieter Hebben
Sounddesign: Moritz Flachsmann, Thomas Gassmann
Mentoring: Jochen Ehmann, Krasniqi Mhill
Line Producing: Lea Hunziker
Technical Support: Ignacio Duelo, Jean First
Assistant: Jane Mumford, Daniela Pia Meier
Secretariat: Bettina Ganassi
Funding: Aargauer Kuratorium, Hans-Streiff-Stiftung, Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler

“Concrete”, a short film investigating the meaning of life