Private Project


"Plump" is a conversation around the qualities of what is perceived as graceful movement, what those qualities are connected to, and a negotiation of how dancing fat bodies can be positioned to those ideas.

  • Magdalena Hutter
    "Who is Oda Jaune?" (as DP, Berlinale 2016), various other documentary film/television productions as director and/or director of photography
  • Magdalena Hutter
  • Magdalena Hutter
  • Louisa Doloksa
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    140 EUR
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    Digital HD
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  • Progress Festival Toronto, ScreenMoves
    February 3, 2020
    World Premiere
  • Bouge d'ici Festival
    March 6, 2021
  • Contested Imaginairies Conference
    June 18, 2021
  • CRASSH Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 13, 2021
  • Queer North Film Festival
    June 18, 2022
Director Biography - Magdalena Hutter

Magdalena Hutter is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer doing research-creation around fatness, movement art, and bodies on film. Her work looks at the representation and performance of fatness in dance and explores the potentials of fat screendance. Magdalena is a PhD candidate in the Humanities at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University in Montreal.

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Director Statement

Fat bodies are severely underrepresented in dance and movement art. As a fat person longing to see bodies like mine on stage and screen, I think this is a shame. I also believe that it is a mistake: any artform, but particularly one that works with and through the body, will be limited in its creative potential, expression, and political relevance if it excludes non-normative embodiment. My research and my film work aim to explore and highlight the potential for creative, political, and theoretical innovation that fatness holds, both as a marginalized form of embodiment as well as through its materiality.

This film is a conversation between two fat queers about how cis-heteropatriarchal standards of beauty and worth directly influence our lives and how something so subtle as the idea of what is considered "graceful" can be traced back to ideas of containing and controlling deviant bodies. It is also a film about the potential of fatness as an inherently queer embodiment – of our messy, uncontrollable bodies – to work towards a world that feels safer, softer, and more spacious for all bodies.