A dead body became stuck by a river bank. Its decaying insides still hide a human soul – a miniature of the deceased. Rotting organs part and a tiny creature gets out. Standing on the river bank, it says goodbye to the corpse and sets off on a journey through the post-mortem land.

  • Genre: Animated
  • Country: Polska
  • Running time: 9
  • Year: 2019
  • Color: colour

Director: Barbara Rupik

Script: Barbara Rupik

Music: Maurycy Raczyński

Editing: Barbara Rupik

Sound: Barbara Rupik


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:

72nd Festival de Cannes, France, 2019 (III Prize, Cinefondation)

59th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2019 (competition)

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

68th Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2019 (competition)

25th Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019 (screening)

14th Shorts México - Mexico International Short Film Festival, Mexico, 2019 (competition)

9th Stoptrik Film Festival, Slovenia, 2019 (competition)

Kaohsiung Film Festival 2019, Taiwan, 2019 (competition)

Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, 2019 (screening)

Bucheon International Animation Festival 2019, South Korea, 2019 (competition)

BANJALUKA 2019 International Animated Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019 (Grand Prix)

43rd International Animated Film Festival CINANIMA 2019, Portugal, 2019 (competition)

Fête de l’anim 2019, France, 2019 (competition)

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

12th ANIMASIVO - Festival de Animación Contemporánea de la Ciudad de México, Mexico, 2019 (Special Mention in International Student Section)

42nd Poitiers Film Festival, France, 2019 (competition)

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

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

CineMAiubit International Student Film Festival, 2019, Romania, 2019 (Best Film Award)

10th SHORTZ Festival, Serbia, 2020 (competition)

32nd Premiers Plans Film Festival, France, 2020 (competition)

Slamdance, USA, 2020 (Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize)

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

Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Festival 2020, Austria, 2020 (competition)

16th Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey, 2020 (screening)

25th Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania, 2020 (competition)

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

Filmfort Festival 2020, USA, 2020 (screening)

12th Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2020 (competition)

21st ShorTS International Film Festival, Italy, 2020 (competition)

La Guarimba 2020, Italy, 2020 (competition)

29th Florida Film Festival, USA, 2020 (competition)

Glasgow Short Film Festival, 2020, United Kingdom, 2020 (competition)

18th International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA 2020, Japan, 2020 (screening)

31th Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil, 2020 (competition)

49th Kyiv International Film Festival «Molodist», Ukraine, 2020 (competition)

Odense International Film Festival 2020, Denmark, 2020 (competition)

International Animation Festival Fest Anča 2020, Slovakia, 2020 (Special Mention)

Busan International Short Film Festival 2020, South Korea, 2020 (competition)

L'Etrange Festival 2020, France, 2020 (competition)

Leiden Shorts 2020, Netherlands, 2020 (competition)

Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2020, Canada, 2020 (competition)

World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb 2020, Croatia, 2020 (competition)

IndieCork 2020, Irland, 2020 (competition)

Victoria TX Indie Film Fest, USA, 2020 (competition)

Phenomena Festival 2020, Brazil, 2020 (competition)

10th Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF, Romania, 2020 (competition)

ABIFF - Animation Bucharest International Film Festival, Romania, 2021 (competition)

33rd FilmFest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Germany, 2021 (competition)

29th Curtas Vila do Conde IFF, Portugal, 2021 (screening)

3rd Craft International Animation Festival, 2021, Indonesia, 2021 (competition)

International Animation Film Festival Tindirindis 2021, Lithuania, 2021 (competition)

Fest Anča International Animation Festival 2023, Slovakia, 2023 (screening)