Poland, Hungary / 2020 / animated / 7' / Short Film Competition / National Competition

A secret garden hidden under the ground is managed by a lonely gardener. The place is bleak, suffocating and disturbing, yet magical. One day, a little boy with dangerous nails grows out of a pot instead of a plant... A game begins between the gardener and the boy. Sometimes, it seems an innocent play, at other times it is a brutal fight for life and death. Fluorescent colours light the dark cave, rough surfaces of materials and a skilful play with the light create a visually extraordinary story, while the unexplained relationship between the protagonists ensures the viewers’ emotional engagement.

directed by
Tomek DuckiQ&A guest

Director of animated films. Born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1982. He studied Animation at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and at the National Film and Television School in London. His individual visual language reveals strong influence of the Polish and Hungarian Poster School as well as animation. His unique style is characterised by the combination of various techniques, the hypnotic play of colours and engaging plots. His best-known works include award-winning short films and animated music videos.

Tomek Ducki, Katarzyna Zolich
Tomek Ducki
animated by
Tomek Ducki, Weronika Banasińska
Jean-Marc Petsas
Péter Lukács
Paweł Kamykowski, Tomek Ducki, Katarzyna Zolich
Ewelina Gordziejuk (EGoFILM Ewelina Gordziejuk)