BRATISLAVA: White Plastic Sky / Umelohmotné nebo, an animated/live action feature by Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó, is currently in production. The sci-fi drama is produced by Slovakia‘s Artichoke and Hungary’s Salto Film.
„The basic starting point of our film is that after an ecological disaster, that does not seem to be out of the question, it will no longer be possible to build a just society for all. The dystopian society we describe in our film wants to keep the human race alive, at any cost,“ the authors said.
The film is set in 2219. Fertile soil has disappeared from the Earth. The survival of humanity hangs on a transgenic plant, able to grow from living human flesh only, using the body as soil. The city of Budapest lives in total isolation. On every citizen’s 50th birthday, he or she is transported to a place called the Plantation, to be “implanted”. Stefan is a 28-year-old psychiatrist who helps people accept this order until the day his wife, Nora, undergoes voluntary implantation.
„Right now there is the shooting of live-action parts going on in Budapest. We are planning to start with animation in July 2019,“ producer Juraj Krásnohorský from Artichoke told FNE. The Hungarian producers are József Fülöp, Orsolya Sipos.
From the estimated budget 1,200,000 EUR the producers have 820,000 EUR in place. The film received 300,000 EUR from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund in 2017 and it is also supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund.
The film is expected to be completed in August 2020 and the premiere is planned for the winter of 2020 or spring of 2021.
Credits:Directors and Animators: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta SzabóStory: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta SzabóScriptwriters: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta SzabóEditor: Judit CzakóSound: Stefan Anthony SmithMusic: Chris White