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.
- 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 Deep Cut Film Festival 2022 (ON, Canada)
- Official Selection of Comox Valley International Film Festival 2022 (BC, Canada)
- Official Selection of International Video Poetry Festival 2022 (Greece)
- Official Selection of the international puppet festival Pesta Boneka 2022 (Indonesia)
- Semifinalist of the Oudeis International Film Festival 2021 (Italy)
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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