Idol

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A man has become so disenchanted with the women around him that he has chosen for a bachelor lifestyle. But he is also a skillful artist. In his solitude, he creates a sculpture of a woman for himself, an idol so perfect that he falls in love with it. Before long, he is treating it like a real-life lover…

This wordless, live-action puppet short film uses the classical Pygmalion story to explore contemporary issues such as objectification and the “male gaze,” media culture and image worship, social withdrawal and hikikomori syndrome.

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  • Official Selection of the Vancouver Short Film Festival 2022 (BC, Canada)
  • Official Selection of the Powell River Film Festival 2022 (BC, Canada)
  • Official Selection of Animovies of the Festival of Animated Objects 2022 (AB, Canada)
  • Official Selection of the Deep Cut Film Festival 2022 (ON, Canada)
  • Official Selection & Award Winner of the Comox Valley International Film Festival 2022 (BC, Canada)
  • Official Selection of the International Video Poetry Festival 2022 (Greece)
  • Official Selection of  the international puppet festival Pesta Boneka 2022 (Indonesia)
  • Official Selection of  the Brittany International Film Festival 2022 (France)
  • Award Winner of the Do It Zero – A Zero Budget Production Film Festival 2022 (UK)
  • Semifinalist of the Oudeis International Film Festival 2021 (Italy)

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Screenplay, creation, performance, film and sound by Kris Fleerackers.

Adapted from the classical tale of Pygmalion by the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid), with music by Jean Philippe Rameau.

Length: 13 min 45 s

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