In a small hotel there is a man who tries to stop the hunger for love by eating excessively. But his longing for his love, Susanne, will not be soothed by the plates full of meat cuts, vegetables and fruit. When the protagonist goes to the town in search for food, he accidentally hurts himself in the foot, which unexpectedly transforms into Susanne. Since then, they are to be 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.

  • Genre: Animated
  • Running time: 15
  • Year: 2019
  • Color: colour

Director: Izabela Plucińska

Script: Izabela Plucińska

DOP: Izabela Plucińska, Robert Kuźniewski

Production company: Clay Traces


About the director:

Izabela Plucińska

Izabela Plucińska

Animated film director. Born in Poland, she is now living in Germany. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and Film Animation of the Cinematography Department at the Lodz Film School, where she also completed her Ph.D. in the field of animation. 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, in the same time she is working at her own production company, ClayTraces, and is back with “Portrait of Suzanne”, her latest film, inspired by a short novel by Roland Topor.

At festivals:

59th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2019 (Golden Dragon)

Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019, France, 2019 (screening)

12. Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmów Animowanych Animator 2019, Polska, 2019 (competition)

Cardiff Animation Nights 2019, UK, 2019 (screening)

Encounters ISFF, UK, 2019 (competition)

2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2019 (screening)

9th Stoptrik Film Festival, Slovenia, 2019 (Special Mention)

Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, 2019 (screening)

ANIMAGE – 10th International Animation Festival of Pernambuco, Brazil, 2019 (competition)

DOK Leipzig 2019, Germany, 2019 (competition)

REX Animation Film Festival 2019, Sweden, 2019 (competition)

35th International Short FF Berlin, Germany, 2019 (2nd Prize German Competition)

Exground Filmfest 2019, Germany, 2019 (competition)

26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Polska, 2019 (competition)

2019 PÖFF Shorts, Estonia, 2019 (competition)

17th Anilogue International Animation, Hungary, 2019 (competition)

2019 Animateka - International Animated Film Festival, Slovenia, 2019 (competition)

18th Sommets du cinéma d'animation, Canada, 2019 (competition)

16th Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2020 (Best Animation Film)

42nd Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France, 2020 (screening)

39th Brussels International Animation Film Festival 2020, Belgium, 2020 (competition)

Tampere Film Festival 2020, Finland, 2020 (competition)

26th International Short Film Week Regensburg, Germany, 2020 (competition)

22nd Mecal Pro, Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival, Spain, 2020 (competition)

9e Festival du Film de Fontenay-le-Comte, France, 2020 (competition)

21st Festival International du Film d’Aubagne - Music & Cinema, France, 2020 (competition)

27th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Germany, 2020 (competition)

International Festival of Animated Films Anifilm 2020, Czech Republic, 2020 (competition)

23rd Brooklyn Film Festival, USA, 2020 (competition)