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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.

“A must see!” – Michael Gurney, Coast Reporter
“A fantastic achievement which is unforgettable” – O & J Screenwriters



  • Audience Award: Festival CinemaZero 2022 (Italy)
  • Best Experimental Film: Toronto Shorts International Festival 2022 (Canada)
  • Best Animation: Do It Zero Film Festival 2022 (UK)
  • Best Short Film Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast: Comox Valley International Film Festival 2022 (Canada)

Official Selection:

  • Puppet Festival Mississauga (formerly Bridges Festival) 2023 (Canada)
  • Vancouver Short Film Festival 2022 (Canada)
  • Toronto Shorts International Film Festival 2022 (Canada)
  • Festival of Animated Objects 2022 (Canada)
  • Puppet festival Pesta Boneka 2022 (Indonesia)
  • 10th International Video Poetry Festival 2022 (Greece)
  • Brittany International Film Festival 2022 (France)
  • Bridgeport Film Fest 2022 (USA)
  • Pigeon International Film Festival 2022 (Iceland)
  • Powell River Film Festival 2022 (Canada)
  • Deep Cut Film Festival 2022 (Canada)
  • Semifinalist: 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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