Polish Animation Shorts Program
Polish animation is synonymous with artistic craftsmanship and mastery and the titles in this selection have been an inspiration for artists throughout the world.
Nothing highlighted the absurd reality of communist Poland more accurately than the animated films of the 1950s through to the 1970s. Metaphors and nonsensical humour easily passed the censors.
The concise language of images, and often even of moving posters, needs no comment because it creates its own language. The great Polish tradition influenced the films of the late-twentieth century and more recent ones as well. They are often auteur works in search of new forms of expression, expanding the traditional form of the film. They are often avant-garde films, milestones in the history of audiovisual arts, which reach far beyond the traditional understanding of the animated film as a work of entertainment or being for children.
These five short films offer a small slice of the wide variety of stories and animation techniques that characterize the Polish animation tradition. The program includes:
PAJEK MARTA – Impossible Figures and Other Stories II
The protagonist of this story – maintained in surreal poetics – is a woman who in her daily bustle constantly stumbles. When she gets up, she discovers that her house has unexpected properties…
WILCZYŃSKI MARIUSZ – Kizi Mizi
A story within a story, a melodrama full of poetry but also suspense. She is a mouse, he is a cat, and the other one – is also a male cat. Love, betrayal and the pain of loneliness, all to the rhythm of melancholy blues.
POPAKUL TOMASZ – Ziegenort
A busy father tries to teach his son to work as a fisherman. The introverted boy-fish will have to face his first serious challenge in a world full of unrest and mysterious events.
TOMASZ SIWIŃSKI – A Blue Room
A dream-like poetic story about a man who struggles with his own fears and bad memories. He is plunged into mental chaos, from which will slowly emerge what is most important.
WROŃSKI JAKUB – The Mystery of the Malakka Mountain
A magic realism crime-story and fairy tale in one, about the journey of a precocious six-year old boy to Shanghai and the rocky mountain of Malakka, which will start a series of questions about the secret life of his famous father.
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