Animated Films from Germany
Izabela Plucinska: Esterhazy, 2009, train
Izabella Plucinska: Esterhazy, 2009, station
Izabela Plucinska: Esterhazy, 2009, Memorial Church Berlin

Izabela Plucinska: Esterhazy

"Esterhazy" is the new puppet and claymation cartoon from the winner of the Silver Bear at the 2008 Berlinale. Puppet cartoons, thought to have been overtaken by 3D computer technology and therefore dead, celebrate their joyful resurrection in this fantastic film. It is adapted from the picture book of the same name by Irene Dische and Hans Magnus Enzensberger. The hero is a Viennese rabbit of the Esterhazy dynasty. He has grown up too small, and the head of the family, Prince Esterhazy, sends him to 1989 Berlin to find the biggest possible rabbit wife there. Following Prince Esterhazy's tip that Berlin rabbits all live by a mysterious wall, our hero arrives in Berlin and starts searching around. There, after several months and some setbacks, he finds the wall, the rabbit paradise and the love of his life, Mimi the lady rabbit. But at this very moment the Berlin Wall falls.

  • Author, screenplay: Izabela Plucinska
  • Year: 2009
  • Length: 25.00 min.
  • Technique: Claymation
  • Animation: Izabela Plucinska, Kirill Abdrakmanov, Markus Grysczok
  • Scenography: Agata Rojek
  • Mixing: Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasinski
  • Music: Max Knoth
  • Narrator: Maciej Sztur, Maria Peszek, Wiktor Zborowski
  • Directed by: Izabela Plucinska
  • Produced by: Jamila Wenske, Izabela Plucinska, Maria Blicharska, Monika Sajko-Gradowska

Izabela Plucinska

  • 1974
    born in Koszalin
  • 1995–2000
    studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lódz
  • 1998–2002
    studied at the State Academy for Film, Television and Theatre, Lódz
  • 2002–2003
    studied animation at the Film & Television Academy (HFF) "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg
  • 2005
    Silver Bear for 'Jam Session' at the Berlinale