Portrait of Suzanne

Poland, Germany, France | 2019 | animated | 15 min. Short film competition National competition

In a small hotel in France, there is a man who tries to stop the hunger for love by eating excessively. But his longing for his love, Susanne, will not be soothed by the plates full of meat cuts, vegetables and fruit. When the protagonist goes to the town in search for food, he accidentally hurts himself in the foot, which unexpectedly transforms into Susanne. Since then, they are to be inseparable. Still, this is just the beginning of a surreal story about loneliness, jealousy and love. Every single detail of this grotesque plasticine adaptation of Roland Topor’s short story enchants the audience.

directed by

Izabela Plucińska Festival guest

Animated film director. Born in Poland, she is now living in Germany. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and Film Animation of the Cinematography Department at the Lodz Film School, where she also completed her Ph.D. in the field of animation. She specialises in clay animation. Her filmography includes "Jam Session" (2005) - a winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Esterhazy" (2009) and "Sexy Laundry" (2015). Currently she is a teacher at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, in the same time she is working at her own production company, ClayTraces, and is back with "Portrait of Suzanne", her latest film, inspired by a short novel by Roland Topor.

cinematography
Izabela Plucińska
script
Izabela Plucińska
animated by
Izabela Plucińska, Robert Kuźniewski
music
Pascal Comelade, Arfaaz Kagalwala
editing
Nora Bertone, Izabela Plucińska
production
Izabela Plucińska, Robert Kern, Christine Haupt (ClayTraces), Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure), Paulina Ratajczak (Foundation Las Sztuki)