Portrait of a Woman

Poland / 2020 / animated / 5' / National Competition

This eponymous "female portrait" is made of social expectations, stereotypes and cultural constructs. The protagonist must continuously reject the roles imposed on her and adjust to the views of others. Finally, the woman decides to liberate herself from the surrounding limitations. Will she manage to escape? This animated interpretation of a poem by Wisława Szymborska, a Nobel Prize Laureate, was painted using the palette of red shades, such as the colour of her lipstick, rose petals or blood drops. The feelings and emotions of the character are complemented by the depictions of nature, while deep colours and intensifying music create the atmosphere of tension and unease.

directed by
Natalia DurszewiczQ&A guest

Born in 1995 in Bydgoszcz. Graduate of the Leon Wyczółkowski Secondary Art School and recipient of the Graphic Artist’s Diploma in 2015. Currently, she is a student of Animated Film and Special Effects at the Film School in Łódź. Her filmography includes "Studium" (2017) and "Ovule" (2019).

Natalia Durszewicz
Natalia Durszewicz
animated by
Natalia Durszewicz
Sebastian Ładyżyński, Malwina Kotz
Krzysztof Stasiak
Natalia Durszewicz
Agata Golańska (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna im. L.Schillera)
Portrait of a Woman