AIRPORT – Michaela Müller (Croatia, 2017) 10’35”




In a modern day airport, the flow of passengers is broken by sudden irregularities. Security forces try to get to the cause of the disruption, the atmosphere turns menacing at the slightest anomaly. Tragedy and panic are always just one step away. The film explores the borders between the right to freedom of movement and the restrictions national security requirements put on society.




Director Biography – Michaela Müller was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She graduated with an MA in Animation and New Media from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia and holds a diploma as drawing and crafts teacher from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Müller’s multiple awarded animated film, Miramare (2009), made its international premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and has been screened at more than 100 international film festivals, winning 18 awards.

Michaela explores the connections between paint and film, encompassing short animated films, installations and collaborations in a theatrical context such as opera and performance projects. Müller’s acclaimed eight-minute film, Miramare (2009), made its international premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and has been shown at more than one hundred festivals since that time. It has won eighteen awards, among them the Grand Prix of Animateka International at the Animation Festival Ljubljana, the Golden Centaur for Best Debut Film at Message to Man Film Festival in St. Petersburg, and the Swiss Film Prize Quartz. In 2012 Müller was invited as an artist in residence at Location One, New York, where she exhibited her animated installations Transit and Conductivity. In September 2012 she convened in Zagreb with dancer Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović and sound artist Fa Ventilato to launch the multimedia performance Trag/Trace/Spur at the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art. The project had a follow up: Up the Stairs, Behind Doors, Out the Window. It involved guest artists and was happening 2013 at Student Centre in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2015 she contributed painted animations for the opera production Orlando (G.F. Handel), which premiered at Madlenianum in Belgrade.