Zuza v zahradách

Suzie in the Garden | Zuza im Garten
Suzie loves going with her parents to the garden settlement outside the city, where every plot is different. Behind a high fence, surrounded by dense, almost spooky vegetation, is where old Bela is supposed to live. A big black dog and a shiny blue key lead Suzie onto the property, where she discovers a magical secret. Painted on glass in vibrant oil colours, a world full of small wonders and natural beauty emerges.
by Lucie Sunková
with Hannah McDonnell, Zuzana Kronerová, Michal Domonkoš, Soňa Spišiaková
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic 2022 Czech 14’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 6 years and up


  • Hannah McDonnell (Suzie)
  • Zuzana Kronerová (Bela)
  • Michal Domonkoš (Father)
  • Soňa Spišiaková (Mother)


Written and Directed byLucie Sunková, based on the novel „Zuza v zahradách“ by Jana Šrámková
AnimationLucie Sunková
CinematographyJaroslav Fišer
EditingAnna Ryndová
MusicAliaksandr Yasinski
Sound DesignMartin Večeřa
CastingMiloš Kozelka
Production ManagersMarcela Vrátilová, Erika Paulinská
ProducersMartin Vandas, Alena Vandasová
Co-ProducersSimona Hrušovská, Veronika Kocourková, Monika Loštáková, Zuzana Jankovičová

Lucie Sunková

The screenwriter, artist, director and animator was born in Prague, the Czech Republic in 1974. She studied at the Vaclav Hollar Art School and at FAMU in the city. She focuses mainly on the animation technique of painting with oil paints on glass, as in Zuza v zahradách. She also writes and illustrates books for children.

Filmography (short films)

2000 Havran (The Raven) 2002 Podobizna (The Portrait) 2005 Pelargonie (Geranium) 2015 Strom (The Tree) 2022 Zuza v zahradách (Suzie in the Garden)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022