feature film, 87′, 16mm, colour

500 years ago, leonardo da vinci designed an ornithopter, an aeroplane with flapping wings – an impracticable draft.
by alternation, we observe two groups of youngsters, in a snackbar in amsterdam west and in a classy apartment near the vondelpark. ornithopter is a film about imagination, about situations that give rise to stories, about the pains it takes to step out of the protected environment.

cast: amsterdam theatreschool students
script: annette apon, based on improvisations by the actors
director of photography: nils post
sound, dubbing mix: jac vleeshouwers
editing: ton de graaff
music: rob poncin
producer: annette apon produkties

Much like Rohmer in his Comedies, is Apon in Ornithoper very witty, very light, very playful and full of humour. (Trouw)

It is a sign of the creative potency of the filmmaker, who after her somewhat cryptic Giovanni makes a very strong return now. (De Tijd)

Surprisingly cheerful and surprisingly significant. (De Waarheid)

Ornithopter is an Amsterdam-film…. Annette Apon’s city blues. (De Filmkrant)

more: 16 mm
category: fiction