Tungu, A collaboration between filmmaker Marc Rühl and author Georg Klein (who features as the ‘floating head’ in the movie) is a complex mix of live action and animation based on the book Die Logik der Süße (The logic of sweetness). Taking around six months to shoot, paint and animate, Rühl’s dark, futuristic style perfectly complements Klein’s imaginative narrative.
Scientists observe a tribe, which lives peacefully outside the external world in the rainforest. They know no form of writing and communicate only with their simple dances. After some month of abstinence, the scientists visit the tribe again and discover, that their whole behavior has changed completely. They pray to a skull-god and menace the scientist. Now they use weird signs, which they paint on themselves. The scientists have to find out what happened.