Short

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15 min.

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Tourists

Turisti

Tourists is a short animated film about the search for mutual understanding in a long term relationship.

A married couple, Kornel (55) and Hana (50), are fixing hiking trail marks in the woods. Kornel feels like a woodsman discovering new, unexplored places. He is secretly hoping that this adventure will save their stagnant, childless relationship, but at the same time, he has no courage to depart from the marked trail. Hana’s personality has dissolved during her long-term partnership with Kornel. She only ever tries to make her husband happy anymore, and if Hana happens to dream from time to time, she ends up feeling guilty. It doesn’t take long for the couple to get lost, neither of them being able to return to the hiking trail. Scared, lonely and powerless, Kornel and Hana must learn how to survive.

Director’s statement
Hana and Kornel, a couple in their 50s, face a relationship crisis. As forest volunteers, they tag trees for leisure and to strengthen their bond. Kornel, short and commanding, contrasts with Hana, tall and stout. Their dynamic appears comical, not compatible.

In my films, I work with contrasts—whether in character nature, physical appearance, or comic visualization. Kornel’s commands and systematic approach oppose Hana's transcendental view. She tags trees mainly for Kornel but is more interested in the surrounding fauna and flora.

The tree marking symbolizes their relationship, offering reassurance and a system of communication. When they find themselves at a lumber yard with no trees in sight, this empty space mirrors their relationship crisis and hints at a broader ecological crisis.

Hana remains unafraid, while Kornel blames her for their predicament. Their need for each other emerges only when they are physically separated. Hana navigates humorously despite her inexperience, w

Country of production

Slovakia

Target audience

Adults

Animation Technique

2D (vector based)

Production company

NOVINSKI

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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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