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Polish shorts in Annecy


I cannot remember another edition of Annecy animation festival (6 – 11th June 2011) where there were so many Polish short films allowed in competition. This year there are (including co-productions) 7 of them and I find it extraordinary! However, the films in question do deserve to be there and fingers crossed for the results 🙂

Let’s have a look at the Polish input:

1. The Lost Town of Switez (Switez, 2010) by Kamil Polak

Story: An accidental traveller, drawn by mysterious forces, discovers the secret of a ghostly town which lies at the bottom of a forgotten lake.

This film deserves attention for other reasons, too. It’s based on Adam Mickiewicz’s ballad Switez and it took goooood long years to finish this 20 mins animation. It is a combination of 3D animation with large scale oil paintings. Creators used two historical styles of painting: 19th century Slavonic realistic painting that you can find in works of Jozef Chelmonski or Aleksander Gierymski; and much more iconic painting of the Middle Ages that used bright colours. For more information on The Lost Town of Switez as well as Kamil Polak, go to the film’s web site (all content available in English). And the trailer below:

2. Paths of Hate (2010) by Damian Nenow

Story: A short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.

Paths of Hate is the third film made by Damian Nenow who is a specialist in various fields relating to computer graphics and the author of short animated films, illustrations and concept arts. The film’s producer is Platige Image – a leading Polish post-production studio that specialises in creating computer graphics, 3D animation, special digital effects and image composition for advertising and feature-length productions.

3. Maska (2010) by Timothy Quay and Stephen Quay

Story: Beautiful Duenna was created in order to carry out a certain mission. However, she will be forced to choose…

Although Quay brothers are not really Polish (Americans living and working in the UK), they decided to collaborate with Polish Se-Ma-For studio on this production. It’s the latest puppet animation from these artists with a screenplay based on Stanislaw Lem‘s novel of the same title.

As I’ve had some problems with copying and pasting the film’s trailer on to Frogs and Squash, please follow the like to Twitch Film site to see it: Maska (trailer)

4. Two Steps Behind (Dwa kroki za, 2010) by Paulina Majda

Story: The story of a boy who one day decides to leave his country house and embarks on a journey to a strange city.

The film’s trailer can be watched on Se-Ma-For web site as the studio appears once again as one of the film’s producers. Also, Paulina has her own blog and I strongly recommend visiting it – all in English!

5. Millhaven (2010) by Bartek Kulas (the whole film is available in one of my previous posts on Frogs and Squash)

6. Zbigniev’s Cupboard (2010) by Magdalena Anna Osinska

Story: Zbigniev and Henio have a difficult relationship. Zbigniev is more interested in hoarding items he collects on the black market than playing chess with his father. He is always after more space and more items to fill that space until he finally manages to purchase a precious cupboard on the black market of 1970s Poland, much to his father’s annoyance.

Zbigniev’s Cupboard from Magdalena Osinska on Vimeo.

7. Pl!ink (2011) by Anne Kristin Berge

Story: An abstract artist needs to loosen up. His toddler obliges by taking him on a white-knuckle ride inside his own paintings.

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