Garden of Heart (short film)

Original title: A szív kertje
Year of production: 2022
Format: short animated film
Running time: 10'
Director: Olivér Hegyi
Producers Hungary: Bella Szederkényi, Bálint Farkas Gelley
Producer Slovakia: Juraj Krasnohorsky
Production companies: CUB Animation [HU], Artichoke [SK]

Production of the film was financially supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund
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Garden of Heart

New animated short by Olivér Hegyi, produced by CUB Animation (Hungary) together with Artichoke.

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Dániel Juhász is a man in his early twenties. His dream is to become a great painter. He is in the final round of the application process for the University of Fine Arts. He’s listening to the “Garden of heart” meditation exercise on his mp3 player before the interview. In his mind, he is in a great garden full of flowers, however, his negative thoughts take shape as bugs and pests. As he enters the building, the garden is being overrun by worrying lady-bugs. Potato-beetles are articulating harsh criticism about his work while he is showing his paintings to a co-applicant girl. A mole throws slurs at the girls’ paintings when she shows them. The interview is a failure, and on top of that, a UFO worm depicts a bleak future for him: he will stop painting, vanish without a trace, unknown, unremembered. The grim fantasy is disrupted by the girl who invites him for a walk. Even though the pests are protesting the decision, he manages to break out of the prison of his mind.