Co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, the animation "Little Soul" by Barbara Rupik received the third prize in the Cinéfondation competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.
The Polish animation received in the Cinéfondation competition (for the best student films) the third prize ex aequo with the Palestinian film "Ambience" directed by Wisam Al Jafari.
Seventeen films selected from over two thousand entries took part in the 22nd edition of the competition. Among the competition films were only three animations, including two made by Polish artists. The president of the jury in the short film competition and Cinéfondation was French director Claire Denis. Her film "High Life" in 2016 received funding from the Polish Film Institute under the priority of minority co-productions.
Barbara Rupik's film is an extremely rich and artistic animation. The story begins somewhere on the banks of a river, where the dead body got stuck. Its decaying insides still envelops the soul - a miniature of the body of the deceased. The rotting organs come apart and a tiny figure forces its way through to th eoutside. Standing on the shore, it says goodbye to her body and sets out on a journey to the posthumous world.
The film is produced by the Lodz Film School and is represented by the Krakow Film Foundation.
Leszek Mozga's film "Roadkill" also took part in the competition.
More about the film can be read here: http://en.pisf.pl/news//the-little-soul-by-barbara-rupik-and-roadkill-by-leszek-mozga-at-the-72nd-cannes-ff.