OF UNWANTED THINGS AND PEOPLE | IN PRODUCTION
Three children – siblings Suzan (7), Tom (4) and Derek (10) – are spending the weekend at their grandfather´s house. It´s the first time they´ve been there since their grandmother died. The kids miss their grandma. Especially when evening comes and there´s no one to tell the bedtime story. That used to be Grandma´s specialty. Grandpa, who is a writer, is not in the mood for stories. With the loss of his love, he has also lost his muse.
Suzan decides to take over Grandma´s role. She takes Grandma´s big sombrero and asks everyone to contribute ingredients to the story. Using her imagination, she transports everyone to a world of magic. There, cats can save orphans, wild animals hunt little boys in abandoned orchards, and lonely grandpas learn to fly. With each story told this weekend, each family member learns to accept that Grandma is gone forever. Or is she not really?
| FILM CREDITS
Directors – David Súkup, Martin Smatana, Leon Vidmar, Jean-Claude Rozec
Writers – Petr Krajíček, Marek Král, Ivana Laučíková, Kaja Balog, Maja Križnik, Blandine Jet
Based on a story of – Arnošt Goldflam
Art design – Patricia Ortiz Martinez
Producer – MAUR film (Martin Vandas, CZ)
Co-producers – Artichoke (Juraj Krasnohorsky, SK) / ZVVIKS (Kolja Saksida, SI) / Vivement Lundi! ( Jean -Francois Le Corre, FR)
Estimated length – 80 min.
Animation technique – puppet stop-motion
Estimated release – 2023
The film was supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Slovenian Film Centre, Bretagne Cinéma, TVR Tempo. The project also received Eurimages Co-production Development Award at Cartoon Movie 2019.
National broadcasters Czech Television and RTV Slovenia has confirmed the co-production participation.
Film stills HD
| ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Of Unwanted Things and People started as a producers’ initiated project of three producers from three countries, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia, who know each other since many years thanks to the platform CEE Animation (formerly known as Visegrad Animation Forum), where they meet every year since the last 7 years. The ambition is to make a puppet stop motion film in the best tradition of Central European animation. The project is meant to be a flagship of CEE Animation, a showcase of good practice of how CEE countries can cooperate on a common project. The four directors, two women and two men, chosen one from each co-producing country, are among the best of their generation in experience and by the many awards they received for their short films on international festivals.
The film is composed of 4 chapters, short independent stories, integrated in one film and connected through an overall fifth story that links them together and brings a bigger common message. The overal look and feel of the film is tightly coordinated among the producers and directors to guarantee a unified final film, even though each chapter is produced in every country separately. The look is guaranteed by one common art designer, one music composer, one editor and one sound designer, in addition to all the stories being from one single book for children by Arnošt Goldflam, a recognized Czech writer.