Sophie Colfer, Ala Nunu
2023 / 8’ 34” / Poland
Set on a vast plain of salt flats, "Telsche" is a 2D short film that explores memory, loss, and love. It is about the journey that one girl takes to remember someone who she has forgotten.
At home, on land, Telsche is confronted with an image of her lost mother in the form of a stone that bears her face. She bursts outside and sees her on the salt flats,the timeless place of memory. However, before she can reach her, her mother is swallowed by a great hole carved into the land. Telsche must find a way to follow her into the dark, to reconcile herself with what she has lost. So she floods the land and awakens glowing insects that have long been buried in the ancient white salt. Water fills the deep tunnel into which her mother has disappeared, and Telsche follows, diving into the depths of memory. As she sinks into the quiet deep and struggles through the tunnels below, she ultimately discovers a place where she can experience her grief, where she is reunited with her mother.