Belo plastično nebo / Műanyag égbolt / White Plastic Sky

Belo plastično nebo / Műanyag égbolt / White Plastic Sky

Synopsis

2123. Faced with diminishing resources, the human race can only survive through a trade-off: at the age of 50, every citizen is gradually turned into a tree. When Stefan discovers that his beloved wife Nora has voluntarily signed up for donating her own body before her time, he sets out on an adventurous journey to save her at all costs.
White Plastic Sky is a hybrid between live-action and animation, made with the rotoscope technique: hand-drawn over actors by a team of animators.

When a few years ago we sat together in the most beautiful park of Budapest on Margit Island outlining the basic concept of White Plastic Sky, we didn't dare imagine that one day, so soon, reality would resemble our fictional story so much. Or that we would be making a post-apocalyptic movie during days of an actual real "apocalypse". Climate crisis, climate refugees, pandemic, war, energy crisis. The “Poly-Crisis” has become part of our lives now. Science-fiction is always about imagining a possible future. Yet White Plastic Sky seems to match what is happening right here, right now.

We started to see the film in our minds during the writing process. The story determines the animation style, and one has to follow what the story wants. Our story contains a deep emotional journey, and we believed from an early stage of development that only real actors can play our characters to achieve those emotions. We cast amazing actors from Hungary who were really enthusiastic to participate in such an interesting project. The big task was how to transform the acting into animation without losing any nuances. We did not use any computer software for the rotoscope, all drawings were made by the hands of very skilled artists, and these sensitive drawings not only preserved the acting but added another layer of a different artistic value to it.
- Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó

Awards and festivals (selection):
- Special Mention, Animafest Zagreb 2023
- Contrechamp Jury Award Nominee, Annecy IAFF 2023
- Encounters Award Nominee, Berlin IFF 2023
- Best Motion Picture Nominee, Sitges Catalonian IFF 2023
- European Animated Feature Film 2023 Nominee

Film info

Directed by: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó
Production: Salto Films, Artichoke
Festival programme: Animated Feature Films
Year: 2023
Length: 111'
Country: Hungary, Slovakia