Impossible Figures and Other Stories I

Poland, Canada2021animated16'International Short Film CompetitionNational Competition

The third and final part of the series ‘Impossible Figures and Other Stories’ shows the protagonist walking through a deserted city. Almost identical office buildings, monumental monuments and endlessly empty streets create a maze of figures and geometric shapes. Everything seems to be rhythmical and well-ordered, yet the shops are empty, the traffic lights squeak in the background, and there is only rubbish left on the platform, which is being blown by the wind. The city engulfs us, frightens and disturbs us, and only the wrinkles on the faces of the characters remind us that life once flourished here. A hypnotic vision of the apocalypse.

directed by
Q&A guest, portret reżysera
Marta PajekQ&A guest

Director, graphic artist and painter. She was born in 1982 in Kielce. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, where she studied at the Animated Film Studio under the guidance of Jerzy Kucia. As part of a scholarship, she also completed an internship at the Turku Arts Academy at the University of Finland under the direction of Priit Pärn. She is the author of the short animations After Apples (2004), Next Door (2005) and Sleepingcord (2011). Her film Impossible Figures and Other Stories II (2016) has won critical acclaim and over 20 awards, including the Grand Prix of the Stuttgart Animation Festival and the GLAS Animation Festival. Her latest work Impossible Figures and Other Stories I (2021), the first and final part of the trilogy, is a co-production of Animoon and the National Film Board of Canada.

Marta Pajek
animated by
Marta Pajek
Aleksandra Gryka
Marta Pajek
Piotr Szczepanowicz, Grzegorz Wacławek (Animoon)
Kadr z filmu Impossible Figures and Other Stories I