A short animated coproduction with Czech participation by Hungarian director Lucy Tóth has been selected for this year’s 55th film festival in Cannes where it will be presented in the prestigious international Critics’ Week competition.

The animated short, Superbia, was produced as a three-way Hungarian-Czech-Slovak coproduction by the companies Fakt Visual Lab, MAUR film and Artichoke. It tells the story of the natives of a surreal country divided by a mythical river into regions of males and females who find themselves in a completely new situation when the first mixed couple appears. Announcing the films selected for the competition, the French critic and director of the Critics’ Week programme said that the film literally “mesmerised with a thrilling orgy of colours”.

The film was presented at last year’s international Visegrád Animation Forum during the Anifilm international festival of animated films in Třeboň. It was supported on the Czech side by the State Cinematography Fund.

The second film with a Czech connection in Cannes, this time in the Directors’ Fortnight section, is Jan Saska’s animated short Happy End, which was nominated last year for the Magnesia prize for best student film. Audiences had the opportunity to see it at FamuFest 2015 and also at the international VAF forum at Anifilm 2015 in Třeboň.