Hungary, Slovakia


2123. Faced with diminishing resources, the human race can only survive through a trade-off: at the age of 50, every citizen is gradually turned into a tree.
When Stefan discovers that his beloved wife Nora has voluntarily signed up for donating her own body before her time, he sets out on an adventurous journey to save her at all costs.

Director's Statement

When a few years ago we sat together in the most beautiful park of Budapest on Margit Island outlining the basic concept of White Plastic Sky, we wouldn't dare imagine that one day, so soon, the reality would resemble our fictional story so much. Or that we would be making a post-apocalyptic movie during days of an actual real "apocalypse". Climate crisis, climate refugees, pandemic, war, energy crisis. All became part of our life now as every conversation gravitate around these topics. Science-fiction is always an imagination of a possible future. Yet WHITE PLASTIC SKY seems to match what is happening right here, right now.
Post-apocalyptic movies usually tell stories about humans and the supremacy of the human race. In most – in spite of how much humans destroy the planet – at the end the characters carry on with their lives. The heroes survive on what is left of nature and the civilization goes on, with the promise that future generations will rebuild the world again. These films seem to reassure us that our intelligent and superior species we call Homo Sapiens will shine in its glory forever no matter how much we destroy the flora and fauna around us. Such films comfort us: if we can save the Earth on movie screens, why shouldn't we be able to do it for real!... But can we? Really?
WHITE PLASTIC SKY is our answer to the question how will the future of humanity look like. It was never meant to be an easy nor comfortable answer. From the very first outlines we wanted to tell a different story.
WHITE PLASTIC SKY is a love story. Although it takes place one hundred years from now, it speaks to the people of today. Our characters, Stefan and Nóra, are no heroes. They are ordinary people who happened to have the possibility of a choice.
What would happen, if for a moment, the human race could think of itself as part of a bigger story? If we could understand that life itself is more important than human life? Not just scratch the surface with words, but to actually take the leap.
We have carefully balanced the story to give the viewer the choice of interpretation to the ending. Whether this story tells that it is not necessary for humanity to continue existing at whatever cost, or on the contrary, that our characters by their action preserve something deeply human - the audience has to decide. Does Stefan choose to follow Nora because he wants to save life on Earth, or just because he simply wants to be with her forever? Is his act a heroic one, or a simple (selfish?) act of deep love?
In the last moments of their human lives, Stefan and Nóra strongly believe their love can change the fate of life on Earth. The inevitable end of their human life is just the beginning of another kind of life - for them and for the planet.
Science fiction has the power to be entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. One would be an idealist to believe movies can change the way people think. However, we do believe our film can sparkle a discussion. We hope that people will have different opinions, emotional reactions, perhaps outrage as well. Creating conversations around a film is everything we can dream of, as directors.
We must rethink the way we treat this planet. WHITE PLASTIC SKY hints to what will happen, if we don't.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó

Written by: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó

Produced by: Orsolya Sipos, József Fülöp, Juraj Krasnohorský

Cinematography: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó

Editing: Judit Czakó

Production Design: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó

Costume Design: Petra Szücs

Original Score: Christopher White

Sound: Stefan Smith

Casting: Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó

Cast: Tamás Keresztes, Zsófia Szamosi, Géza Hegedüs D., Judit Schell, István Znamenák

Nominations and Awards

  • European Animated Feature Film 2023