Director: Izabela Plucinska
Release date : 04 April 2009
Cast: Maciej Stuhr, Maria Peszek, Wiktor Zborowski, Jan Kowalewski, Robert Więckiewicz, Borys Szyc
Copyrights: Clay Traces /Donten&Lacroix Films / TVP S.A.
ESTERHAZY is a 25min. Polish/German coproduction, which took 3 years to produce. A new animated film from the Silver Bear-winner, Izabela Plucinska. The story is based on a German picture book ESTERHAZY by Irene Dische and Hans Magnus Enzensberger. The main character is a young, small bunny Esterhazy from the Esterhazy-Dynasty in Vienna. He is sent to Berlin in order to find “a big, healthy and beefy bunny woman” living under the mysterious Berlin Wall. After a long, extensive search he finds his paradise and Esterhazy moves in with the love of his life. Bunnies’ paradise existed in reality on the no-man’s land between the East and West part of the Berlin Wall. But, as it is 1989, the Berlin Wall comes down…
ESTERHAZY had its International Premiere at the Edinburgh IFF (June 2009) and opened the Warsaw Film Festival (Oct 2009) Oscar Qualifying Screenings in LA (Sep 2009) .
"This delicate and brilliant metaphor of live before and after the Collapse of The Berlin Wall is a fascinating voice of young artist looking at the history with perversity and irony, but without easy criticism"
Piotr Felis, Gazeta Wyborcza
"Amazing! Polish cinematography has not disappeared! I recommend it to all, not only to the fans of animation!"
“A funny and surprising story of freedom.”
Play Poland Film Festival
ESTERHAZY selected for over 100 International Film Festivals around the world awarded by 14 International Prizes, not bad for a little rabbit...
Guanajuato / San Miguel, Expresion en Corto, Mexico (Award for Best Short Animation), Drama International Short Film Festival, Greece (Award for Best Animation Film, Forli, Sedicicorto, Italy (Award for Best Animation Film), Cinessonne, Ris Orangis, France (High School Jury Award), Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival (Best Film, Nomination for Cartoon d’Or), My Europe Film Festival, across Europe (Audience Award), Kecskemét Animation Film Festival, Hungary (Best TV Special), Blue Sea Film Festival Rauma, Finland (Director’s Award), FICBUEU (2nd Award & Best Screenplay & Best Art Direction), Corby International Short Film Festival, UK (Best Short Film, The Best Director and The Best Photography)