Deer Boy

Katarzyna Gondek
Poland 2017 / 15’
Cut-out Game of Chicken

A hunter's son falls asleep while counting leaping deer. One has been shot, another is bleeding and yet a third is limping from a clearing. And horns grow out of the boy's head every night and tear his pillow. A story about instincts, one's first hunt, blood and nature that takes place on the border between fairy tale and horror. Parental tenderness is intertwined with loathing, dreaming with reality and childlike sensitivity with the study of killing.

Agata Bratek


Brussels Short FF 2018 – Best Actor, Valletta FF 2018 – Best Short Film

Katarzyna Gondek

Born in Kłodzko in 1982. Studied Film Studies (Adam Mickiewiecz University in Poznań) and completed a documentary course at the Wajda School. Took part in Berlinale Talents, European Short Pitch and Euro Connection (Clermont Ferrand). Her films have been screened and awarded at numerous festivals, including Toronto Hot Docs. Following Figure, Deer Boy is her second film shown at the Sundance Festival.


2010 Niewidzialni (doc., short)

2011 Miasteczko (doc., short)

2013 Najwyższy / The Supreme (doc., short)

2015 Figura / Figure (doc., short)

2017 Deer Boy / Deer Boy (short)


director Katarzyna Gondek
screenplay Katarzyna Gondek
cinematography Maciej Twardowski
editing Jarosław Piekarski
music DJ Lenar
cast Janusz Chabior, Katarzyna Śnieżka-Sobiszewska, Eryk Maj
producer Paweł Kosuń, Agnieszka Janowska
production Centrala Distribution
sales Centrala Distribution
language no dialogues