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directed by Tomasz Popakul
26 min | Yellow Tapir Films | Poland 2023


It grows slowly like an icicle but one day it falls and shatters. Anka loves cats. And Jesus. In the winter silence, the lagoon freezes and the unspeakable appears like a crack in the ice. A patchwork portrait of a small fishing village where man with man, man with animal, and animal with animal interdepend in a delicate balance of warm, tender care and cold, emotional cruelty. An eerie tale of loneliness and community in the spirit of magical realism.

Nominations to the Jan Machulski Awards:

Tomasz Popakul

Graduate of animation film at the Łódź Film School. His debut Ziegenort was screened and awarded at festivals around the world, and his later film Acid Rain brought him thirty-five awards, a nomination for the prestigious Annie Awards and a place on the Oscar longlist.