Filmstill Zima


Tomek Popakul, Kasumi Ozeki
International Competition Animated Film 2023
Animated Film
26 minutes
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English

Going under or a lonely island life – there is not exactly a surfeit of options in this Polish village by the sea. The community functions, but social intercourse is rough, alcohol present. Archaic-seeming rituals and social patterns are handed down from the old to the young men. Winter envelops the village in white silence which every now and then betrays its deceptive appearance in small things. At midnight on Christmas Eve the voices of the dead and tortured souls ring out. Anka lives in the middle of this. The young woman takes hits, gets up, struggles through with her love of Jesus.

“Zima” portrays a state of suspension with occasional rollercoaster rides and builds up to tremendous emotional power. Colours are rare in the black and white drawings of the winter landscape and the dark houses, but when they appear, they lend great intensity to the events. Scenes of daily routines and village life are associatively interwoven both on the sound and graphic level. They burst with excess and expressive design, transforming into mystical dream images.

André Eckardt

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Tomek Popakul, Kasumi Ozeki
Tomek Popakul
Tomek Popakul
Tomek Popakul
Marcin Podolec, Wiktoria Podolec
Michał Fojcik
Sound Design
Michał Fojcik
Tomek Popakul, Jakub Baniak, Alicja Błaszczyńska, Michał Orzechowski, Olga Kłyszewicz
World Sales
Marta Świętek
Artistic Design
Magdalena Basińska, Magdalena Botor, Agnieszka Czachór, Jagoda Czarnowska, Alicja Grotuz, Karolina Kajetanowicz, Marcin Kotliński, Adrianna Matwiejczuk, Katarzyna Melnyk, Michalina Musialik, Maria Nitek, Marcin Podolec, Weronika Szyma, Marcjanna Urbańska, Pola Włodarczyk, Agata Mianowska-Zamarło, Patrycja Ćmak
Nominated for: mephisto 97.6 Audience Award