Natalia Chernysheva

France, 2014 / 5 min / Without words / Animation

Part of the short film collection The Great Adventures of Rosa & Dara

Two friends, a caterpillar and a tadpole, grow up in two very different environments.

A caterpillar is hunted by a heron looking for tasty breakfast. While trying to escape, she falls into a pond and is saved from drowning by a tadpole. Even though they live in very different environments, the two new friends grow up together. Until the day of the big transformation.


Thu 05/03 10:15 Cinémathèque Without words Scolaire
Thu 05/03 10:15 Cinémathèque Without words Public
Fri 06/03 09:00 Cinémathèque Without words Public
Fri 06/03 09:00 Cinémathèque Without words Scolaire
  • Best Graduation Film, Cinanima, 2014 (Portugal)
  • RTS Kids Prize, Black Movie Film Festival, 2015 (Switzerland)
  • Special International Jury Mention, Filmfest Dresden, 2015 (Germany)
  • Best Student Film, Anim’est, 2015 (Romania)
  • Best Graduation Film, Primanima, 2015 (Hungary)
  • Audience Award, Primanima, 2015 (Hungary)
  • Audience Award, Poitiers Film Festival, 2015 (France)
  • Special Jury Prize, International Animation Festival Hiroshima, 2016 (Japan)
  • Best Animation, Cabagetown Short Film & Video Festival, 2016 (Canada)
Cast & Credits
Natalia Chernysheva
Yan Volsy
La Poudrière

Natalia Chernysheva was born in 1984 in Sverdlovsk, today Yekaterinburg, Russia. She graduated in graphic arts and animation from the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts. As an animator and character artist, she worked on several animated films by Russian directors before starting her studies at the La Poudrière school in France. There she directed her first short Snowflake (2012) which went on to win the Audience Award at the New York International Children’s Film Festival in 2014. After Snowflake and The Gossamer (2016), her graduation film Two Friends (2014) is her third film selected in LuxFilmFest’s Young Audiences programme.

  • 2018 – Le jardin perdu (short)
  • 2016 – Pautinka (short)
  • 2014 – Deux amis (short)
  • 2013 – Le Retour (short)
  • 2012 – Snowflake (short)