Flying High, Longlist - Animation

Six to Six

Neta Cohen

Bezalel Academy for Art and Design Jerusalem

During the lengthy sleepless nights, the familiar home surroundings of a new mother take on a dark, eerie appearance. Night after night, the long hours of sleeplessness trickle slowly, from twilight to dawn. The TV offers no real diversion, leaving the eyes free to roam around the familiar house surroundings. To the tired, itchy senses, incapable of telling truth from imagination, the well-known environment takes on an eerie, even sinister, character. Movement can be discerned, where usually there is none; things appear either slower or quicker then normal; sounds are variously dimmed or over-accentuated; time itself seems to advance in sudden jerks. I remember from childhood experiencing the feeling - usually at nighttime, but sometimes in the early morning or afternoon reveries - that my home has a life of its own. I could hear it breathing, moaning and whispering, feel it moving and shifting. Naturally, this was usually an alarming sensation,but surprisingly, at times it would offer some sort of consolation, even a sense of companionship. Though never a stranger to broken sleep, nothing in my younger years could prepare me for the state of constant sleeplessness accompanying new motherhood. The intense sensations, both physical and mental, of becoming a mother for the first time, coupled with extreme sleep deprivation, made me feel hazy yet overly susceptible, tired yet extremely tense. I was so tuned into the slightest, most subtle movements and sounds, that I could literally feel my home surroundings waking to life around me. Six to Six tells the story of a sleepless night at home. It is actually a short 'road movie', taking place entirely indoors. It paces along the seam between wakefulness and sleep, reality and imagination, dream and hallucination.

Neta is an animation director, art director and illustrator. She makes short films, openers, sets, illustrations, titles and typography, and has directed and designed for clients such as MTV International, BARNEYS NEW YORK and HBO. Born in Jerusalem in 1987, Neta holds a BA (Hons) and a recent MDES degree in Visual Communication, both from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She lives in Tel Aviv with her partner Lior, her children Zohara and Noah and her dog, Gili. Neta has lectured at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and was a film programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival and the Jerusalem Film Festival. Her films received awards and have been screened in festivals around the world.