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Das Rad (English title: Rocks) is a German animated film written and directed by Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel and Heidi Wittlinger. It was produced using a mixture of stop motion, puppetry, and CGI animation.
The film tracks a hillside from ancient times through the present and into the future, usually moving through time at high speed, representing geologic time (so that buildings appear and disappear in an instant), but occasionally switching to real time and showing the inhabitants and objects in motion in their day-to-day existence.
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 2003. It won several other awards in respectable festivals like the Anima Mundi Animation Festival, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Sweden Fantastic Film Festival, and the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival. It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.
It was produced by the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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