One day, all the statues in the area come to life. They leave the roadside shrines and pedestals and calmly set off straight ahead, all in the same direction. They do not even stop for a moment. People watch the phenomenon with growing anxiety. None of them knows why and where they go. Only a little girl with a boneless body marvels at the procession of the unusual figures with pure fascination. They walk without muscles, though they should not be able to walk. How strange!

  • Genre: Animated
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 14
  • Year: 2023
  • Color: colour

Director: Barbara Rupik

Script: Barbara Rupik

Music: Barbara Rupik

Editing: Barbara Rupik

Sound: Barbara Rupik

Production company: Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna


About the director:

Barbara Rupik

Barbara Rupik

Barbara Rupik (born 1992) is an animated film director specializing in puppet and mixed media techniques. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz. Her filmography includes a short film “The Little Soul” (2019), which won the 3rd Prize in the Cinéfondation competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. She is also the author of stop-motion segments for a feature film „The Silent Twins” (2022), directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska.


2017 – Incarnation
2018 – They Saw a Great Sign In Heaven
2019 – The Little Soul
2020 – Obverse and Reverse

At festivals:

63th Krakow Film Festival, 2023, Poland, 2023 (competition)

63th Krakow Film Festival, 2023, Poland, 2023 (competition)

Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France, 2023 (competition)

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmów Animowanych ANIMATOR 2023, Poland, 2023 (competition)

13th StopTrik International Film Festival, Slovenia, 2023 (competition)

Animatou Geneva Animation Festival 2023, Switzerland, 2023 (competition)

23. Un Festival C’est Trop Court 2023, France, 2023 (competition)

66th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig 2023, Germany, 2023 (Golden Dove Short Film)

Riga International Film Festival 2023, Latvia, 2023 (Best Short Film Award)

25th Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil, 2023 (competition)

64th International Film Festival BRNO16, Czech Republic, 2023 (Special Mention)

25th Bucheon International Animation Festival 2023, South Korea, 2023 (competition)

42nd Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden, 2023 (competition)

46th Denver Film Festival, USA, 2023 (competition)

37th Leeds International Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2023 (Special Mention)

2023 PÖFF Shorts, Estonia, 2023 (competition)

Manchester Animation Festival 2023, United Kingdom, 2023 (competition)

London International Animation Festival 2023, United Kingdom, 2023 (competition)

Animateka 2023 International Animation Festival, Slovenia, 2023 (competition)

Phenomena Festival 2023, Brazil, 2023 (competition)

Paris International Animation Film Festival 2024, France, 2024 (competition)

36th Premiers Plans Film Festival, France, 2024 (competition)

36th Premiers Plans Film Festival, France, 2024 (competition)

Anima 2024, the 43rd Brussels International Animation Film Festival, Belgium, 2024 (competition)

46th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2024, France, 2024 (competition)