White Plastic Sky: animation and science-fiction
by Fabien Lemercier
- Critically acclaimed for their shorts, Tibor Banoczki and Sarolta Szabo are currently preparing their first feature film, a Salto Film production to be co-produced by Paprika Films
Earth 2200. Such is the setting for animated film White Plastic Sky, which is slated to begin production in Budapest in December. The title will be the first feature film created by the Hungarian duo of Tibor Banoczki and Sarolta Szabo, who have been acclaimed for their shorts Les Conquérants (pre-selected for the 2013 César Awards) and Leftover (a Clermont-Ferrand award winner in 2015, which was pre-selected for the 2016 Césars and presented in a number of festivals across some 30 countries). As a reminder, Tibor Banoczki was lauded for his solo project, Milk Teeth (winning a Special Jury Prize for graduation films at Annecy in 2007 and being nominated for, among others, a number of British Animation Awards).
Co-scripted by the filmmaking duo, the screenplay plunges us into the year 2200. Fertile soil has disappeared from the Earth entirely. The planet’s flora and fauna have all gone extinct. But, in the final moments before total catastrophe, scientists develop a special plant, with extremely nutritious leaves. The plant is able to grow from living human flesh only – using the bio-energy of the body as soil. Just a few of these little green leaves are enough to sustain an adult throughout a day. The city of Budapest lives in total isolation. The population has been divided into two groups: those who eat and those who feed them. On every citizen’s 50th birthday, he or she will be "implanted" and transported to a special site far from the city. They call this place the Plantation. Stefan is a 28-year-old psychiatrist who supports this system and strongly believes that this is the only way humanity can survive. Until the day his wife, Nora signs up for voluntary implantation...
Produced by József Fülöp and Orsolya Sipos for SALTO Film, White Plastic Sky is co-produced by French outfit Paprika Films (Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin and Laurent Baujard). Production will run until December 2018, with a theatrical release slated for 2019. It should be noted that the film is produced within the framework of the "incubator program" launched the Hungarian National Film Fund (read the news).
(Translated from French)