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Portrait of Suzanne

Izabela Plucińska
Poland, Germany, France, 2019 / 15’ national preview / v.o. sott. it.

In a small hotel, there is a man who tries to stop his hunger for love by eating excessively. But his longing for his love, Suzanne, will not be soothed by the plates full of cuts of meat, vegetables, and fruit. When the protagonist goes to town in search of food, he accidentally hurts himself in his foot, which unexpectedly transforms into Suzanne. From then on, they are inseparable. Still, this is just the beginning of a surreal story about loneliness, jealousy, and love. Every single detail of this grotesque plasticine adaptation of Roland Topor’s short story enchants the audience.

Direction: Izabela Plucińska
Script: Izabela Plucińska
Animators: Izabela Plucińska
Editing: Izabela Plucińska, Nora Bertone
Soundtrack: Léo Pouget, Pascal Comelade, Arfaaz Kagalwala
Production: ClayTraces, Films de Force Majeure, Fundacja Las Sztuki
Technique used: Stop motion


Izabela Plucinska

Izabela Plucińska (1974, Koszalin). She studied at Lódz Art School and Film School until the year 2000 and took up studies at “Konrad Wolf” Film School in Potsdam- Babelsberg, Germany in 2003. She specialises in clay animation. Her filmography includes Jam Session (2005) – a winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Esterhazy (2009), and Sexy Laundry (2015). Currently, she is a teacher at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, at the same time she is working at her own production company, ClayTraces in Berlin.