Hungary, France


LOVE describes affection in three different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system.
Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the change in atmosphere on one planet, caused by the change of gravity and light.

This pulsing planet makes the inhabitants become one with each other in various ways.

Directors Statement

LOVE is a short film based on atmosphere and sensation. I was interested in coming up with a distant planet’s structure and system without making the viewer question
it’s existence. I chose animals and creatures, which were the most interesting for me at that time, and which were appearing the most in my sketchbook.
I find it very interesting how by just placing anything on a screen, it becomes a symbol for something else. It’s a challenge to try and take something for what it actually is.
First this film was inspired by drawings I made on post-its. Than I read very poetic descriptions, but also listened to quite scientific talks about love. It is interesting how different people think about this feeling. Religion, science and cultural differences define the purpose and the heritage of love in so many different ways, even though it is based on such a common experience. Love seems to be a mystical phenomenon, that can be described by everyone in almost the same way, without using any words, still almost everyone seems to seek the meaning and the mechanism of it.
I approached the atmosphere by using different sensations and impressions of material, movement, colour but no words. The English word LOVE is not even a word anymore. It is used so often on so many platforms, that the letters turned into lines and forms and became an image, something that can be read even without knowing the letters.
The symmetric compositions and surreal situations use kitsch to keep this world abstract. I tried not to get involved too much with my characters through the production. Showing something that creates a general atmosphere describing different states of affection was the main goal, and not to influence with my personal experiences.
I wanted to capture the feeling of love without focusing on only individuals. I was also inspired by how a sun-cycle works, what states it has to go through, and what effect it has on other planets. I made myself this orbit as a base, where I set up rules that made me feel comfortable about telling a short story while not getting too narrative. I wanted the film to become something that the viewer would like to touch and be part of.

Director's Biography

Réka Bucsi, born in 1988, is a hungarian independent animation filmmaker. She received her BFA and MFA at the animation department of Moholy­-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Her graduation film SYMPHONY NO. 42, got shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars). Her films were screened the official shorts competition at the Berlinale, SXSW, Sundance, Annecy, and won over 50 international awards. In 2013/2014 she attended "Animation Sans Frontiéres" (ASF), the European animation production workshop. She was one of the artists in residence at the open workshop in Viborg, and at Q21 in Vienna. Her new short film LOVE is a French-­Hungarian co-production. Réka is represented as a director by Passion Pictures.


2016 LOVE, short
2014 SYMPHONY NO. 42, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Réka Bucsi

Written by: Réka Bucsi

Produced by: Marc Bodin-Joyeux, Gábor Osváth

Original Score: David Kamp

Sound Design: Peter Benjamin Lukacs

Animation: Réka Bucsi , Cyrille Chauvin, Nicole Stafford, Thibaud Petitpas

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2017