Original Title: Õhtusöök kalkuniga Spanish Title: English Title: Dinner with Turkey Year and month of production: 2021 Length: 7 minutes Production country: Estonia Genre: Animation Language: No dialogues Subtitles: No subtitles Trailer (link): https://vimeo.com/676072772 Web: Facebook:
This is a story of two colleagues but most importantly close friends (or lovers?), the chef and the turkey whose relations goes through the biggest trial of their lives which changes them forever.
The main characters of the film work together on a television cooking show where the chef has a leading role of a chef and celebrity. The turkey has a secondary role, a role of a requisite. He is a turkey that lies in a frame together with an ingredients of a meal that chef cooks, pretending to be a food to cook.
Film starts with showing daily life of protagonists, them working together on a show, having a good smoke after work, enjoying leisure at home, going to sleep and all over again. Characters seems happy in the beginning but over time turkey starts to feel the pressure of routine and the weight of his unrealized ambitions. Finally after some thought, the turkey decides to change it’s life and asks the director of the how for a promotion. Director agrees and turkey’s ascent up the career ladder begins. We start to see turkey in a new role in the show, firstly as an assistant of a chef but later even a cook itself. Ratings of the cooking show are rising rapidly and everything seems really good for the turkey and the show. However the chef is unhappy bout the change. He gets pushed out of his role and looses to turkey in popularity. And the more this happens the more his anger grows. Finally he decides to act and get rid of his former friend and now the main competitor turkey.
Film ends with a murder where chef kills the turkey and makes it into a real meal.
Hleb Kuftseryn is an animator and animation director with experience of work in fields of commertial and non-commercial author animation.
In 2016 Hleb finished his bachelor studies in Visual Design and Media in European Humanities University (Lithuania). In 2022 he graduated from Estonian Academy of Arts with a master Degree in fine arts.
Hleb's animation career started in 2016 and consists of cases of work for various films for Belarusian, Lithuanian, Russian and Estonian animation studios (Belarusfilm, PetPunk, Soyuzmultfilm, Bop animaion) as well as with various independent animation film directors, combining it with work on commercial advertising animation and theatrical stage projections.
Since 2020 Hleb teaches animation courses in several universities in Estonia (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, Eesti Ettevõtluskõrgkool Mainor) and Lithuania (European Humanities University).