2019, / Running time / 4’36” 
Color / Format / 16:9

Technique 2D computer animation
Production Zagreb film / ALU (Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb)
Producers / Vinko Brešan, Aleksandar Batista Ilić
Distribution / Zagreb film
Directed by  / Matea Kovač
Screenwriter  /  Matea Kovač
Design / Matea Kovač
Animation  /  Matea Kovač
Editing and postproduction  /  Matea Kovač
Sound designer /  Vjeran Šalamon
Mentor  / Darko Bakliža

Smile is formed with the aim to question the universal understanding of love. The author explores this topic by relating the phenomenon of love to the phenomenon of a rigid form of consumerist society, which is at last presented through the lens of the laws of nature. In the film, the laws of nature are represented by the characters of merchants who want to dehumanise the human smile by the continuous and violent offering of goods and services at the market of absurdity. The Smile represents a moment of resistance against the rooted social norms, as well as the merchants’ attempts to make Smile give up on resisting consumerism. Among the omnipresent emptiness, Smile finds its escape in another, authentic smile. Nevertheless, one question remains unanswered: Aren’t smiles in themselves some sort of an offer, but the one of the intimate kind? Whereas the material offer is characterized by laws of classic physics, the intimate offer is defined by another kind of laws, as well as logic, which is contained in quantum physics. Considering the fact that quantum mechanics is governed by uncertainty and unpredictability motion of quantum particles, by analogy, the intimate offer is as well viewed as ground for an infinite number of possibilities, while the smiles themselves are acting according to the law of self-sustainability, which is represented by the instinct implanted in the very nature of the smile itself.

Matea Kovač is an animator born in Virovitica (Croatia) in 1993. She received her BA in Media culture from the Department of culturology in Osijek with a thesis on the Zagreb School of Animation in the 1970s. In 2018. the author obtained an MA in Animation from the Department of Animation and New Media, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, with a short animated film entitled Smile. Her films often explore the topics of the consumerist society, human nature, always with a hint of humor. She currently lives in Zagreb, animating for herself but sometimes working on other projects as well. Filmography: 2012. Somnambul, 07:07min; 2015. Consumeroid, 03:00; 2019. Smile, 4:36.