In the Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today? (image 1)

A diabolically inventive tale, four parts Toy Story and one part David Lynch.

NY Children's Film Festival

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

In the Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today? 2009

Na pùdì aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny?

Directed by Jirí Barta

Digital-era geeks, eight and over, stand to be amazed by this ingeniously hand-crafted, fully realised, secret world of toys. “Diabolically inventive… four parts Toy Story and one part David Lynch.” — NY Children’s Film Festival

Czech Republic / Japan / Slovakia In Czech with English subtitles
73 minutes

Director

Producer

Miroslav Smídmajer

Screenplay

Edgar Dutka
,
Jirí Barta

Photography

Ivan Vit
,
Zdenek Pospísil

Editor

Lucia Haladova

Music

Michal Pavlícek

Voices

Barbora Hrzánová
,
Boris Hybner
,
Valdimír Javorský
,
Nada Konvalinková
,
Jirí Lábus
,
Petr Nározný
,
Lucie Pernetová
,
Miroslav Táborský
,
Ivan Trojan

Elsewhere

Jaded digital-era geeks, eight and over, stand to be amazed by this ingeniously hand-crafted, fully realised, secret world of toys. This lo-fi stop-motion extravaganza is the first feature in 20 years by the Czech legend Jirí Barta and he hasn't lost his surrealist's affinity for the non-sequiturs of childish yarn-spinning. We hope your neighbours won't mind if you help younger companions with the subtitles. - BG

"Even though they have been discarded by humanity, life is pleasant for an enclave of old toys. Every day Buttercup, a girly girl's doll, bakes a cake for a teddy bear, a marionette knight, and a silly-putty man, who roll a special birthday die for the daily honors. Yet, danger lurks in the far reaches of the attic. Head, a surviving piece of communist statuary, covets Buttercup and enlists his insect minions (nature's collectivists) and the house cat (who is just plain evil) to kidnap her." - Joe Bendel, Epoch Times