Hungarian animation director  Luca Tóth presents her accalimed animation short, Mr. Mare.

Luca Tóth’s second independent short film, Mr. Mare, had its debut at the distinguished A-list festival, Berlinale in 2019. Since then it has been in the programme of 90 festivals, winning 12 awards, among the Børge Ring Award that has granted Oscar Qualification to Mr. Mare.

Mr. Mare is a surreal animated chamber play, set in a ‘haunted’ claustrophobic space, in which we witness the dynamics of unrequited love as we follow the relationship of an oddly co-dependent pair. Looking at an x-ray image a young handsome man is horrified to learn that the weird, tumor-like lump on his chest is the top of a tiny plump man’s head. Nested in his body, he is waiting to be born…

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Mr. Mare is a Hungarian-French co-production that had a one and a half-year-long festival tour with nearly 90 appearances and 12 awards. It received Oscar Qualification by winning the Børge Ring Award at Odense International Film Festival. It furthermore was announced the Best International Short Film at Fabiofest in Bratislava, it received the Best Short Film award at Viborg Animation Festival in Denmark, it got the Grand Prix at Mecal Pro – Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival, and won the Jury Award at Bucheon International Animation Festival in South Korea. The film was in competition at Ottawa International Animation Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Fantoche and GLAS Animation Festival among others.

The nearly 20 minute long short film was co-produced by Boddah (producers: Péter Benjámin Lukács, Gábor Osváth) and Sacrebleu (producer: Ron Dyens). The visual aesthetics and most of the animation was created by the director. The film’s sound design was made by Péter Benjámin Lukács, and the music was composed by Csaba Kalotás. 

About Luca Tóth

Luca Tóth received her BA diploma at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Hungary. She continued her studies at Royal College of Art in London. Her MA graduation film, The Age of Curious, won the Jury Distinction Prize at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2014. The Hungarian audience had the chance to see the short film in cinemas as the accompanying film of György Pálfi’s feature, Freefall. Her first independent short, Superbia, had a very successful festival season following its debut at Critics’ Week programme at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

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