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Naked women are bathing with their children in the river. This idyllic scene is observed by a group of intrigued men. They decide to approach them. Their meeting takes on an unusual course, full of dramatic tension. Suspense and the atmosphere of danger is emphasised by Alexander Bǎlǎnescu’s expressive music. This kind of herding behaviour has been observed in the community of hippos, hence the title of this unconventional story about mutual attraction and repulsion of genders. Hippos, one of the most award-winning films by Dumała, was honoured in Zagreb, Ottawa, Bilbao, Montreal and Krakow (Silver Hobby Horse).

directed by
Piotr Dumała

Piotr Dumała – animated and feature film director and graphic artist. He was born in 1956. His films, including A Gentle Creature (1985), Freedom of the Leg (1988), Franz Kafka (1991) and Crime and Punishment (2000) won over 70 awards at international festivals (among others, in Kraków, Zagreb, Annecy). In 2009 he made his feature debut The Forest. Dumała teaches at the Film School in Łódź, Konstfack College in Eksjo and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mateusz Michalak
Piotr Dumała
animated by
Paweł Dębski, Piotr Dumała
Alexander Balanescu
Paweł Dębski, Beata Walentowska
Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak (Fumi Studio)
Kadr z filmu Hippos