Short Film - Daughter

Dcera / Daughter

2019 | 14 min. 44 sec. | Czech Republic | no dialogue | puppet animation

Director: Daria Kashcheeva


In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pane breaks under the impact of a little bird.

Director Daria Kashcheeva

News & Reviews

Press Kit

“Daughter” is beautifully photographed, employing a hand-held camera feel with big close-ups, low depth-of-field and a lot of motion, lending it an authentic, documentary-like immediacy.” Variety (read the whole article)

“In Annecy, we also discover graduation films, such as
the exceptional DAUGHTER, by young Czech director
Daria Kashcheeva, who explores the father-daughter
relationship with a remarkable sense of direction and
great technical courage.”
Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy Animation Film Festival

“Daria’s scenographic style upholds the evocative power
of expressionistic touches over realism. Her attention
to texture with her paper mache-painted figures serves
to further emphasise the puppets’ materiality.”
Isn´t Nice That, 16 May 2019 (read the whole article)

“Daughter is a cruel film, and this is meant as a
compliment. This is a dangerous game to play, but Daria
Kashcheeva pulls it off. The Daughter is mostly shown
either in profile view or from the back, as if refusing to
let us know her truth. It is only her eyes that reveal the
troubled psyche of a girl who seems unable to forgive.”
Zippy Frames, 4 June 2019 (read the whole article)

“It is one of the rare stop-motion films in which the
hand-held camera is simulated throughout the film”
Stop Motion Magazine, April 2019

“A film which seemed to come up in every “What’s the best thing you’ve seen” conversation at Encounters this year, Daria Kashcheeva’s wordless stop motion short Daughter deftly deploys the immediacy of a hand-held camera aesthetic as it depicts the emotional gulf which has stretched through the years between a woman and her father. ” Directors notes, September 2019