Technotise: Edit and I – Review ****

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Serbian comic artist and director Aleksa Gajic brings his comic world into the big screen with Technotise: Edit and I, a low-budget futuristic animation that mixes at least four different kinds of techniques, including realistic drawing and fractal animation.

2074, Belgrade. Psychology student Edit is struggling to pass her exams, so decides to implant an illegal military chip that helps her memory. Unfortunately, she’s doing some work experience at a firm and happens to see a secret formula that makes computers self-aware. Result: her chip gains a conscience and Edit will have to run away from all the people that want to put their hands on that fantastic piece of technology, while struggling to have a live computer inside her. For some strange reason, she can see her computerised interior in the attractive shape of Edi.

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Clearly indebted to the traditional japanese animation, Technotise: Edit and I still retains its own character. Beautifully crafted, even its lack of smoothness gives it an aura that blends perfectly with its mature script and humour. And though the main storyline is anything but perfect (its technicalities are slightly absurd, and it is unclear why the characters spend so much time trying to explain them) the world around it is greatly achieved. The future that Gajic projects can hardly be called a dystopia – everything is bright, everyone has their gadgets and hoverboards, and there are no signs of a global warming apocalypse. Of course, it can be argued that corruption is present, but in a form little different from that of today. And the idea of performance enhancing chips is not that far off – and yes, this is so much better than that Lucy business…

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The cherry on top of the cake – all the supporting characters, particularly Edit’s sex obsessed boyfriend, give the story a very particular colour and warmth. Combined with an original techno soundtrack (obviously) it guarantees that there won’t be a single moment of boredom from the beginning to the end credits.

Yes, the sci-fi animation aficionados will still prefer Ghost in a Shell, but Technotise: Edit and I is definitely worth a closer and repeated look. Despite its specific Serbian cultural references, the film holds itself and its world powerfully, showing that you don’t need to have much funds to create fantastic science fiction. Just make sure no children are allowed to see it.

Techotise: Edit and I will have its UK DVD release on 9th November 2015

Sara is originally from Coimbra, Portugal, where she studied Film Studies before moving to London to enrol in film school. Having made her first short film about her neighbour's chickens when she was 9 (a dystopian sci-fi, still her favourite genre), she is now a London-based film director and editor, and also a writer for the Portuguese Take Magazine. She is a huge fan of Lars Von Trier, Krysztof Kiéslowski, and David Lean.