BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING is a handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults.

Thirteen years in the making, Christiane Cegavske’s dialogue free film tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart’s desire.

The Mice commission the Oak Dwellers to create a beautiful doll for them. When she is complete, the Creatures fall in love with her and refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery the Mice abscond with her in the middle of the night.

Meet fantastical creatures and view dazzling scenery as the Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak journey through this mystical land to reclaim their love. See the mice descend into debauchery as they become drunk on blood tea! See what happens when the Oak Dwellers eat the yellow fruit!

A heart rending musical score that was composed and performed by Mark Growden accompanies this disturbing and wondrous adventure.

"As much a work of sculpture as of cinema...this dark fairy tale is perfectly au courant, seamlessly in step, in its herky-jerky way, with the artisanal ethos, moody nostalgia and vogue for gothic motifs (skulls, taxidermy) rampant on the gallery scene." - Nathan Lee, NEW YORK TIMES

“a David Lynchean fever dream on Beatrix Potter terrain…as lovingly crafted as it is unsettlingly sour-sweet” - Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

“its haunting images speak directly to some dark, preverbal corner of the heart” - Maitland McDonagh, TV GUIDE'S MOVIE GUIDE

“an original head trip” - V.A. Musetto, NEW YORK POST

“A stunning example of animated art” - Rain, SFIST.COM