2023, 1h 51m, Hungary, Slovakia
Director: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó
Cast: Tamás Keresztes, Zsófia Szamosi
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Festivals: Berlinale 2023

In the near future, there are no more animals or plants on Earth and the remaining humans are living under a plastic dome. The price for their continuing survival is very high: at the age of 50, they are implanted with a special seed that turns them into a tree which will provide oxygen and food for the community. A young man, Stefan, accepts this system – until the day his wife Nóra decides to give up her life and undergo voluntary implantation. Driven by his love for her, Stefan decides to break the rules of society in order to save her.

All films at CEFF are presented in their original language with English subtitles.

In-Cinema: Thursday, November 9 at 7:45 PM (Globe Cinema 2)

A Special Presentation

Before the screening of WHITE PLASTIC SKY, we will be screening the 2023 animated short film THE GARDEN OF HEART directed by Olivér Hegyi



2023, 10m 32s, Hungary, Slovakia

Voice Over: Olivér Hegyi, Júlia Lederleitner, Paul Kreshka, David Raksány, Edna Benko Williams

Genre: Animation, Short Film

Dániel Juhász is a man in his early twenties. His dream is to become a great painter. He is in the final round of the application process for the University of Fine Arts. He’s listening to the “Garden of Heart” meditation exercise on his MP3 player before the interview. In his mind, he is in a great garden full of flowers, however, his negative thoughts take shape as bugs and pests. As he enters the building, the garden is being overrun by worrying ladybugs. Potato-beetles are articulating harsh criticism about his work while he is showing his paintings to a co-applicant girl. A mole throws slurs at the girls’ paintings when she shows them. The interview is a failure, and on top of that, a UFO worm depicts a bleak future for him: he will stop painting, vanish without a trace, unknown, unremembered. The grim fantasy is disrupted by the girl who invites him for a walk. Even though the pests are protesting the decision, he manages to break out of the prison of his mind.

Presented by QuickDraw Animation Society