Issues with my other Half

The title alone promises to reveal some inharmonious details within one’s own personality or self-image. Already in Anna Vasof’s work Amazon Woman (2021) she, as a performer, leaves the terrain of the conducting artist who demonstrates her ideas in animated sequences. The unpleasant loss of controllability of the body is mixed in with the pleasurable and imaginative transformation of everyday objects and processes in order to make tangible the illusion machine of cinema and our sluggish vision. Elements of the body horror genre subtly take hold. Machines take possession over the physical organism, and the figure of Anna Vasof turns into a puppet determined by others, as its individual limbs can be exchanged or even severed at will.  
In 23 short scenes, in Issues with my other Half deep-seated fears are visualized as surreal nightmares. Things get really creepy when the upper and lower torso of a woman move separately on two swings, one behind the other. Or when her head mutates into a cellphone on which she scrolls while bent over. Any laughs die down when an arm becomes a baguette that a knife cuts open, or when a hair dryer not only dries the woman’s wet hair, but melts the entire face into a gelatinous surface. At the end, only the upper half of the artist jumps into the water from a wooden boat – she then turns around to look for the lower part of her body. The circle closes both humorously and eerily at the same time: at the beginning, the head in the hourglass symbolizes the irrevocable finitude of physical life; at the end, a modest earthly pleasure leads to symbolic death. Nothing works the way it should or even the way one wants it to – except for the cinematic animation. (Brigitta Burger-Utzer)

Translation: John Wojtowicz

Orig. Title
Issues with my other Half
5 min 30 sec
Anna Vasof
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
SDH (deutsch), closed caption (en)
IWMOH_01 (Image)
IWMOH_02 (Image)
IWMOH_03 (Image)
Anna Vasof
Concept & Realization
Anna Vasof
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
Festivals (Selection)
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Wien - sound:frame international festival
Zilina Fest Anca - Festival of Animated Films
Hamburg - Internationales Kurzfilmfestival
Seattle - SIFF, Seattle International Film Festival
Wien - VIS Vienna Shorts (Prix trés chic)
Lissabon - Indielisboa Int. Film and Videofestival
Roanne - Festival ciné court animé (Experimental Grand Prix)
Athen - Independent Film Festival
Wien - Tricky Women / Tricky Realities - Int'l Animation Filmfestival
Cork - IndieCork Film Festival
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
Kiev International Short Film Festival
Poznan - Shorts Waves Festival
Wiesbaden - exground on screen
Braunschweig - Internationales Filmfestival
München - BIMOVIE
Bochum - DOXS RUHR
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Brooklyn – Imagine Science Films
Linz - International Short Film Festival
Bristol - Encounters Short Film Festival
Helsinki - Love & Anarchy Int Film Festival
Paris - L'Etrange Festival
Dresden - Filmfest
Hawick, Scottish Borders - Alchemy Film Festival
Bruxelles - Anima Folioscope
Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
Lissabon - Monstra Festival of Animated Films
Bruxelles - Anima Folioscope
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Paris - PIAFF Paris International Animation Film Festival
Belfast - Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People