04.21
6.30 pm

Curator:

With humour our adventure story deals with the timeless theme of the conflict between unlimited power on the one hand, and the desire for freedom, courage and love on the other. A troupe of buskers lands on an island governed by a despotic ruler with strict police control. When, during their performance, a shot fired from a circus cannon goes astray, it triggers a series of unexpected events. A young man and woman, Drin and Tuvi, and Nathan the seagull have to enter into an uneven struggle with totalitarian power. A struggle which eventually changes the fates of all the island inhabitants – both human and feathered.

Awards and nominations

  • 2021 - 28th Czech Lion Awards - Best Animated Film, winner


Jan Balej

fot. Dariusz Gackowski

Animation artist, film director and art designer Jan Balej was born on the 30th May 1958 in Prague. In 1992  he graduated from the Academy of Art and Industrial Design (UMPRUM - Studio of Film and Television Graphics). He is known for One Night in City (2007), Fimfarum 2 (2006) and Little from the Fish Shop (2015). 

 

Filmography

  • 2020 - Barevný sen  / A Colourful dream (animation, family, comedy)
  • 2015 -  Malá z rybárny / Little from the Fish Shop (animation, drama, fantasy)
  • 2007 - Jedné noci v jednom meste / One Night in City (animaton, comedy, horror) 
  • 2006 - Fimfárum 2 -  segment: More, strýcku, proc je slané? / Fimfarum 2 –  segment: Sea, uncle, why is it salty? (animation) 
  • 2002 - Jak to chodí u hrochù / How it goes with hippos (animation, family, short) 
  • 1994 - Tom Palecek  ( animation, TV movie)