White Plastic Sky

The very first animated film in competition: a science fiction dystopia as fascinating as it is melancholy, as a mind game on climate catastrophe.
(Original with English subtitles)

A Film by Tibor Bánóczki & Sarolta Szabó
Science Fiction, Hungary/Slovakia 2023, 111 mins, Original with English subtitles

Faced with diminishing resources, the human race can only survive through a trade-off: at the age of 50, every citizen is gradually turned into a tree. When Stefan discovers that his beloved wife Nora has voluntarily signed up for donating her own body before her time, he sets out on an adventurous journey to save her at all costs.

Tibor Bánóczki & Sarolta Szabó on their feature-length debut and the echoes of Soylent Green, Logan’s Run and Blade Runner: “Post-apocalyptic films usually tell stories about humans and the supremacy of the human race. Most end – regardless of how much damage humans have done to the planet – with the characters moving on with their lives. The heroes survive on what’s left of nature, and civilization moves on, with the promise that future generations will rebuild the world. These films seem to assure us that the intelligent and superior species we haughtily call Homo Sapiens will forever shine in its glory, no matter how much we destroy the environment in which we live. Such films comfort us: if we can save the Earth on the big screen, why shouldn’t we be able to do it in reality? But can we? Really?”

Tibor Bánóczki & Sarolta Szabó

Tibor Bánóczki was born in Hungary in 1977 and is a director and writer. He graduated from MOME in Budapest in 2004 and has since realized several animated films and short films.

Sarolta Szabó was born in Budapest in 1975 and is a director and writer. Since 2011 Sarolta has produced several animated short films. With “White Plastic Sky” Tibor and Sarolta celebrate their feature film debut.

Müanyag égbolt. Director, Screenplay & Cinematography: Tibor Bánóczki & Sarolta Szabó – Editor: Judit Czakó – Music: Christopher White – Starring Tamás Keresztes, Zsófia Szamosi, Judit Schell, István Znamenák, Zsolt Nagy, Márton Patkós.