by Birutė Sodeikaitė
Puppet animation, 13’, No dialogues
The puppet animation film ELENA tells the story of a young woman who enjoys her life in the clouds. Pretty soon she finds a charming mate, the Red Crane, and soon after a seed starts growing in her belly. Even when she manages to keep her secret away from the Red Crane, the seed grows so fast that Elena cannot stand it anymore. Finally she rips the seed out of her body and throws it in a black swamp. But still she is not able to go back to her life as it was. Plagued by guilt and sorrow she is drawn to the black water, where she is harming herself until she finally finds her way beyond the clouds.
Written and Directed by Birutė Sodeikaitė, Production Design by Birutė Sodeikaitė, DOP Simonas Glinskis, Music by Ruben De Gheselle, Produced by Agnė Adomėnė, Delphine Schmit, Draško Ivezić.
Art Shot - Lithuania
Tripode Productions - France
Adriatic Animation - Croatia
Lithuanian Film Centre
Croatian Audiovisual Centre
Lithuanian Tax Incentive
The Best Film Project 2017, BALTIC PITCHING FORUM, Lithuania
Aubagne International Film Festival Award 2018, EUROPEAN SHORT PITCH, Poland.