The animated film Fade – Fate explores the friendship between two comrades-in-arms that ends just as the film begins. One of the two is shot and killed in the war. Still in shock, the friend of the dying soldier begins experiencing flashbacks of their mutual experiences in the past. These flashbacks portray their friendship, marked by moments of happiness as well as episodes of conflict and rivalry. At the end of every flashback, a certain body part of the dying soldier begins to decompose and dissolve, a body part that had played a crucial role in that flashback.
In my short film, the decomposition process stands for the loss of beloved people and for transience. But the everlasting nature of a person in the memories of others is also explored in the film.
At the end of the film, one is brought back to the present. One sees a soldier, while all that remains of his comrade, who has reached the final stage of the decomposition process, is his gear. The surviving soldier comes to the realization that, although his friend is dead and has “disintegrated,” he will live on in eternity in his memories.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
HBLA für künstlerische Gestaltung Linz
Supporting teacher: Helmut Kolar
Film editing: Sadet Muadini, Johanna Weiss
Sound design: Dominik Kostolnik
Sadet Muadini (b. 2000) currently attends the Federal Higher Technical Institute (HBLA) for Artistic Design in Linz and created this work as part of her diploma project, in which she explored the topic of decomposition and its depiction in the visual arts. With her animated film, she wants to offer an artistic and less gruesome view of this taboo subject. The acceptance of the transience and insignificance of human existence is the central theme that she addresses here. She drew the inspiration for the depicted war scenes from the collected stories of her family members who remained in their hometown.
This is an unsettlingly beautiful hybrid of animation and live-action film, whose unparalleled and compelling dynamic results from the various materials used and the extremely skillful montage. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sadet Muadini was not able to complete the work. Nevertheless, the storyboard sketches alone, which was all that she originally submitted, were sufficient to demonstrate that this is an extraordinary and completely independent work. An incomplete film without sound and without closing credits, but by a complete filmmaker!