Sonja Rohleder

Germany , 2019 / 4 min / without words / Animation

Part of the short film collection Shooom’s Odyssey

A slightly naïve bird is going out of his way to attract a mate.

To a rhythmic drumbeat and in vibrant strokes of colour, a lovesick bird-of-paradise prances through the black of the night, flaunting his majestic plumage in an attempt to impress the females and find his soulmate.


The screenings on 05/03 at 11.00 and on 09/03 at 09.00 unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Sun 07/03 11:00 Cinémathèque without words | Free Public
Sun 14/03 16:00 Ciné Utopia without words | Free Public

“Sonja Rohleder’s Nest may be appropriate for younger viewers, but offers a mass appeal in color and sound that stands out among this year’s shorts. Neon-outlined birds engage in an elaborate mating and home-making ritual accompanied by upbeat instrumental music and set against a pitch black background, which culminate in unexpected and humorous consequences for the showy alpha bird.” Emilio Mayorga, John Hopewell and Jamie Lang, Variety, 09/06/2019

  • Next Generation Short Tiger, German Federal Film Board, 2019 (Germany)
  • Honourable Mention – Animation for Young Audiences: Preschool Ottawa, 2019 (Canada)
  • Best National Animated Short film, Filmfest Schlingel, 2019 (Germany)
Cast & Credits
Sonja Rohleder
Michal Krajczok
Jens Heuler
Talking Animals
Les Grignoux
Sonja Rohleder

Sonja Rohleder was born in 1982 in Zwickau, in East Germany. She began working as an illustrator before enrolling at the Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg to study animation in 2003. She finished her studies in 2009, but returned to her alma mater from 2012 to 2017 as a teacher. Together with fellow students, she founded the Talking Animals animation collective in Berlin. Their work found its way to museum installations, video games, films, music videos and theatre productions. She writes, produces and animates her own films, including Cocoon Child (2009) which premiered at the Berlinale in the “Generation” strand.

  • 2019 – Nest (short)
  • 2019 – Quiet (short)
  • 2015 – Junges Blut (short)
  • 2014 – Dame mit Hund (short)
  • 2012 – Kolumbus (short)
  • 2010 – Tanto Tanto (short)
  • 2009 – Cocoon Child (short)