Toni, Staša in čarobna luč / Tonda, Slávka a kouzelné světlo / Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light, 7+

Toni, Staša in čarobna luč / Tonda, Slávka a kouzelné světlo / Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light, 7+

Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Tony has a unique feature he was born with – he glows. His controlling parents try to keep him at home to protect him from the outside world. Before Christmas, a peculiar girl named Shelly moves into his house and turns his world upside down. For the first time, Tony has a real friend. He introduces Shelly to the fantasy world inside his pillow bunker and she shows him her secret treasure: a magical flashlight. With its light, they create amazing pictures and worlds that only they can see. Thus, they embark on an adventurous search for the origin of the mysterious tufts of darkness which suck the sunshine out of the house. Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light is a film about what it's like to be different, it is a story about friendship and imagination, about light and darkness.

The film about Tony and Shelly tells a simple story that can happen to any of us. It “merely” reveals the fairy-tale beauty hidden in all the good deeds we do for others. In this film, Tony makes a big decision, for which I am proud of him. And not only that. Surrounded by the beautiful handmade decorations, in the magical light of lamps, closely watched by the eye of a camera, he introduces us to a world filled with fantasy and magic. We should never forget that we all carry a sparkle of light inside us, however small, a beacon that begins to shine bright whenever we show empathy and tolerance or help someone else. Any of us can become the hero of an exceptional story. As humans, we are capable of magic without even realizing it. And I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to capture this magic on screen.

In my debut, I’ve decided to use the stop-motion puppet animation technology. We shot the puppets frame by frame, which is bound to be a truly adventurous process! To me, animation has always been something magical. As a child, I used to watch the old animated films by Jiří Trnka, a legendary Czechoslovak filmmaker and visual artist. I think that puppets have a potent dramatic aura. When a puppet moves, a sparkle lights in the eyes of both children and adult viewers. There’s something so enchanting about it! And animation breathes life to puppets. The puppets and the settings around them are made of ordinary materials – things that we are familiar with. When watching stop-motion animation, we thus have the intimate feeling that we can ‘touch’ the story.
- Filip Pošivač

Awards and festivals (selection):
- Contrechamp Jury Award, Annecy IAFF 2023
- Clear Channel Special Award, Giffoni FF 2023
- Fantoche IAFF 2023, Switzerland
- Zlín FF 2023

Film info

Directed by: Filip Pošivač
Production: Nutprodukcia
Festival programme: Animated Feature Films
Year: 2023
Length: 82'
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary