Hungry Heart

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Hungry heart thematizes the problem of eating disorders through the young girl Cena. Her reflection, systematically causes her repulsion, discomfort and ultimately - forces her to face her problem.

Hungry Heart is a short film that deals with the problem of eating disorders. We follow the main actor, Cena, who is shown through two figures of the same shape, but different in color. Cena, a young girl whom we meet in her adolescent years, faces her problem which lies in her other half – her mind that is, the reflection in the mirror. Her reflection is in character contrast with herself. Her reflection is bold, brash and challenges her, which in turn causes anger and aversion in Cena. The film is structured through 3 emotional states of her mind, chapters titled "Contact", "The Last Supper" and "Farewell", where we clearly see Cena's mood oscillating from calm and composed to distracted and irritated. While characterizing food as something negative towards which she harbors repulsion and fear, her physical form is accordingly in constant change.

Director’s statement
"Hungry heart" is a story that takes us into the world of starvation in every sense. On the one hand, we have hunger as a feeling that wakes up with a lack of energy and the physical need for food, which is our main drive to function in everyday life. My personal importance and the importance I attach to this topic is my own experience with this same problem. However, this personal impulse that I highlight here is not for the purpose of educating people about the main characteristics of this disorder, but the essential idea is to focus on the mind that is in this conflict of desires and prohibitions that are trapped in a completely normal and natural physical need. The main character Cena is a person who is divided into two minds, so she is divided into two figures. Her original is shown in color, while her reflection is shown using no color (black or white).

Country of production


Target audience

Young adults

Animation Technique


Production company

Zagreb Film

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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