‘White Plastic Sky’ Animates a Dystopic 22nd Century Budapest at Berlinale

A new rotoscoped take on climate crisis sci-fi is ready to confront audiences at the Berlin International Film Festival (February 16-26), which will present the World Premiere of hand-drawn Hungarian-Slovak feature White Plastic Sky (Műanyag Égbolt). The film marks the animated feature debut of multi-award-winning writer-director duo Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó (Les Conquérants, Leftover).

White Plastic Sky is set in the not-too-distant future, in a world without animals or plants where the price of human survival is high. In this bleak 22nd century Budapest, one young man breaks every rule to save his wife.

The filmmakers shared with Deadline that the alarming consequences imagined in the movie became more and more material as they worked to bring White Plastic Sky to screens over seven years:

“We didn’t dare imagine that we would be making a post-apocalyptic movie during days of an actual real ‘apocalypse,’” Bánóczki and Szabó told the outlet. “Climate crisis, climate refugees, pandemic, war, energy crisis. The ‘Poly-Crisis’ has become part of our lives now. Science fiction is always about imagining a possible future. Yet White Plastic Sky seems to match what is happening right here, right now.”

The feature is produced by Orsolya Sipos and József Fülöp at SALTO Films (Hungary) and Juraj Krasnohorsky at Artichoke (Slovakia), in co-production with Hungary’s Proton Cinema and Radio & Television Slovakia (RTVS), supported by National Film Institute Hungary, Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Eurimages.

White Plastic Sky will premiere in the Berlinale’s Encounters competition. Film Boutique is handling international sales.

See the complete Berlinale 2023 program at berlinale.de and follow the film through whiteplasticsky.com.

[Source: Deadline]



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