Lucie Sunková’s student film The Portrait is based on a story by N. V. Gogol. This ambitious film made using the paint-on-glass animation technique tells the story of a poor painter in need. He is pursued by his landlady demanding the rent and also a strange dream about a painting come-to-life that can save him.
This film was created during the director’s study stay in Sweden as an artistic commentary on pornography, its means of expression and influence on people. By using grotesque deformation and exaggeration, the film points out the falseness of pornography as a modern myth and reveals its absurdity through a typical script.