Juliette Laboria’s student short Pests (Nuisibles) (2021) landed online this week after a 2022 festival run which included screenings at Anima in Brussels, Fantoche in Switzerland, and GLAS in the U.S., where it won the grand prix.
The film’s synopsis reads:
In the heat of summer, wasps are busy eating beautiful ripe and sweet fruits. But soon, other visitors intrude into the wasps’ peaceful life, taking a malicious pleasure in appropriating the precious treasures of the garden. A war is coming. On one side a group of children, and on the other an army of wasps. To each his own weapon. May the best win!
Laboria uses a monotype printmaking process to give her garden world a painterly feel, combining it with rotoscoping to add depth and movement which creates anxiety in any viewer who isn’t fond of bees, as the insects swarm over the children and their picnic.