Directed by Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó, sci-fi / animation, 111 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó
With Tamás Keresztes, Zsófia Szamosi, Géza Hegedűs D., Judit Schell
2123. Faced with diminishing resources, the human race can only survive through a trade-off: at the age of 50, every citizen undergoes a noble ('greatest good') sacrifice by gradually turning into a tree to provide oxygen and food for the community. When Stefan discovers that his beloved wife Nóra has voluntarily signed up for donating her own body before her time, he sets out on an odyssey to save her at all costs.
White Plastic Sky is an intricately animated sci-fi story with a visually striking world-building - result of a hybrid live action (rotoscope) and 3D animation, leading us on a path of an eco-dystopian discovery. What happens when our bodies become the greatest asset to fight the ecological crisis, or the only way to survive is to oblige to totalitarian policies in which even our bodies stop belonging to us? Distantly echoing the myths of Apollo and Daphne (or Orpheus and Eurydice), Nóra and Stefan may have their own way of reconciling men and nature, for the best or the worst of humanity.
This thought-provoking animated feature debut by the Hungarian duo Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó, recalling a modern-day Ballad of Narayama and a fresh take on the high-tech cannibalism we know from cult Soylent Green, premiered at the Encounters sidebar of this year’s Berlinale International Film Festival.
Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films (Grand Competition Feature Film - Special Mention)
Presented in collaboration with and with the support of Lëtzebuerg City Museum in the framework of the exhibition