A tale of freedom and compassion, set in 1980s Soviet Estonia, as experienced by a cat and recounted by its owner. Cat Teofrastus lives a homeless life at a train station. One day, he is offered a home by a family living in a nearby countryside house. However, the happy life is short-lived when the cat is taken to the big city and gets lost.
- Directed by: Sergei Kibus
- Country: Estonia, 2019
- Time: 15m
- Type: Clay animation
- Production: Kerdi Oengo, Andres Mänd
- Animation: Olga stalev, Triin Sarapik-Kivi
- Company: Nukufilm
Sergei Kibus (1987) is a director, animator and cinematographer. He studied photography at Tallinn Polytechnic School and media and film directing at Baltic Film and Media School. He has written and directed short fiction and drama, and worked as a cinematographer with different documentary productions such as The Women of Muhu Island (60m, Sabat Film 2014, EstDocs jury prize). Since 2013, he has worked as a cinematographer in Estonian stop-motion animation studio Nukufilm, having been involved in multiple productions such as Eternal Hunting Grounds (Medieoperatørene, Nukufilm 2015) and Morten on the Ship of Fools (in progress), Miriam Hen’s Dream (2016) and Miriam by the Lake (2017). He worked as director of photography on Riho Unt’s new film Maria and the Seven Dwarfs (in post-production). His latest documentary film Toys and Totems (30m, Sabat Film 2017) uses a blend of animation and visual documentary storytelling, and he worked on it as a co-director, cinematographer and animator. Starting from 2016, he also teaches photography and video editing at Tallinn School of Economics. He is a member of the Estonian Documentary Guild and co-owner of the independent film studio Sabat Film.