Short

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15 min.

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Watermelon

Arbuz

Twins Nela and Zyta, from Poland, celebrate New Year's in Paris. Successful Nela overshadows Zyta, who seeks her identity. The night brings events inciting reflection on sisters paths and bond.

The story follows two polish twin sisters, Nela and Zyta (27), on the night of New Year's Eve in Paris. Nela arrived in France first, Zyta joins her a few years later, and they are both determined to make hostile, multicultural and overwhelming Paris into their new home. Nela, a successful writer, encircled by friends, with a fluency in French, immediately overshadows Zyta who is striving to liberate herself from the constraints of a complicated relationship that blocks her from true self-discovery. As the night progresses, both sisters find themselves entangled in a series of events including the escape of their dog Watermelon that got scared by festive noises. The events of the night lead Neal and Zyta to reevaluate their paths and the bonds that tie them together and will allow them to see a beauty of their unique connection.

Director’s statement
Being a twin myself, I grapple with identity owing to my inseparable bond with my sister. The film delves into this theme through the story of two sisters, prioritizing emotional depth over fantastical elements. It emphasizes the importance of actor performances to convey authenticity. The visual style focuses on dynamic camerawork, simulating a handheld style to immerse the audience in the narrative. The incorporation of 3D elements enhances realism, particularly in lighting effects, aiming to create an authentic portrayal of urban spaces. Overall, the film seeks to offer a profound exploration of relationships, grounded in genuine human interactions and emotional experiences. By delving into the complexities of identity and sisterhood, it provides viewers with a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the bonds that shape our lives.

Country of production

Poland

Target audience

Adult film festival audience

Animation technique

Drawing

Production company

Animoon

Estimated budget

165 375 EUR

Funding secured

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Stage of the project

pre-production

Looking for

Co-producer, distributor, broadcaster

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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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