That Castle

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A thrilling story of a mute girl trapped inside a castle with eternal corridors, and her only way out is by facing her deepest fears.

That Castle, a story based on a Slovak national folktale, is a story about the fear, anxiety and guilt that we all carry within us and with which we sometimes fight all our lives. It is a story about overcoming invincible obstacles that we build ourselves. It is a story about the inner strength of the individual and overcoming oneself. And, last but not least, it is a story about the power of humanity, faith and goodness, which is hidden in every spirit, no matter what is seen at the first glance.

Director’s statement
I encountered this beautiful folktale during my residency time in Slovakia, and I was stunned. Since then, I have been continuously examining and discussing all the factors and messages that are hidden in this story, making it so special and touching, with the local artists, writers and musicians. There is a depth to the story that most folktales fail to reach; emotionally painting life as a woman. As a female director, I want to express this feeling in the animation and spread part of this beautiful tale to the world through audiovisual interpretation.


Kaoru Furuko

Zuzana Jankovicova

Country of production


Target audience

Teenagers, young adults

Animation Technique

2D (vector based), stop-motion, combination of several techniques

Production company

Super film

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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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