Hun Tun

Hun Tun

Magdalena is losing sleep. She wants her sleep back but nothing helps. Her life becomes a mess. The situation only changes once she gives the chaos a name: Hun Tun.

Hun Tun was an ancient emperor of chaos. He was both admirable and scary. Life with him was beautifully unbearable. In the Chinese myth, the world is born out of Hun Tun's dying body. Magdalena is an ordinary millennial. Her life is full of little twists and adventures: work, friends and love. But now she has only one mission – to get her sleep back. The more she tries, the more she gets stuck. It is only when she sees the chaos in her life clearly that the situation changes. And suddenly, there are other people with their “chaoses” too. This is how being spotted and recognized, Hun Tun starts losing power over Magdalena. Living together (un)happily forever.

Director’s statement
In this film, I share my experience with sleep anxiety. In tougher times, there was mainly chaos in my head. That chaos was created by my mad desire for sleep – which was precisely what drove my sleep away. I will examine chaos as a desperate state of mind which can only be bearable when frankly recognized and patiently observed. I will combine stop-motion animation and live-action. Sleepless nights will follow dizzy days. In the nights we will dive into Magdalena’s inner world, captured through animation. During the days, our heroine will be gradually swallowed up by Hun Tun. We will see her from outside - in live-action. Her body will be covered with costumes made of objects she takes to cure herself. I sleep much better today. It’s only from time to time that it doesn't work out. That’s the way I am. Hardly a happy end. Nevertheless, some vital change takes place in both mine and the heroine’s life. I would like audience to feel the hope and leave the cinema gently empowered.

Director and Scriptwriter
Magdalena Hejzlarova

Country of production

Czech Republic

Target audience

adults, young adults

Animation Technique

stop motion

Production company


Co-production company

Romain Bent, Protest Studios (France)

Inez Mátis, Pi Production (Hungary)


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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