An animated short film about a young woman who distracts herself from the joy of life by creating her own dark reality.

Margareth is at a bar chatting with one of her acquaintances, Lola. Margareth is mesmerized by her, she wants to be just like her. Amazingly beautiful, open minded and most importantly: free. Free of bad thoughts, free of self hatred, but full with confidence. Margareth craves for confidence. Suddenly someone just greets them: Dunbar, a long-forgotten boy from preschool. When Dunbar introduce himself to Margareth, she gets furious and humiliated to her bones. A deep wrinkle starts to appear on her forehead, a strand of her hair turns grey, and she shrinks to the size of a plum. Dunbar didn’t see any of these, so he sits on her. If it’s possible, Margareth is humiliated even more. From under Dunbar’s buttocks, she overhears that three days from now, on the 13th of April he is going to have his 30th birthday in the local circus. Margareth declares war and contemplates the best birthday present she can give for Dunbar: the worst day of his life.

Director’s statement
The concept behind Margareth is deeply rooted in a personal journey and struggles.Complex schemes developed from various childhood experiences can make it hard to lead an emotionally healthy life. It’s easy to project our inner turmoil onto others and it is also easy to hate and pointing fingers.Poisoning thoughts isolate us, with lingering voices from the past turning our present into a living nightmare.I believe that by lowering our shields and approaching others with an open heart, we can overcome our inner demons that really embitter our souls.Recently I found a footage of myself when I was 3 years old. The person behind the camera asked: „Who’s the beauty?” Without hesitation but with a huge smile on my face I answered: „Me.” As cheesy as it sounds: with a pinch of humour and a big box of self-irony my aim is to plant the seed of this mindset in Margareth and into the hearts of everyone. I want to remind us of the genuine love we once had for ourselves and for the world around us.

Director and Scriptwriter
Vivien Hárshegyi

Country of production


Target audience

Young adults, adults

Animation Technique


Production company

CUB Animation

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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