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Balbina Bruszewska About Fryderyk Chopin (in Animation)

I think Fryderyk Chopin is one of those Poland’s distinctive features that are worshiped and proudly mentioned everywhere when we want to refer to ART rooted in our noble country. Chopin – unquestionably great composer whose pieces are best played mainly by… Japanese 🙂 Also, a good subject for a movie especially when you realise there was 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth last year. Could it be a good subject for an animation as well? Let’s see…

Today, in a large part, I would like refer to an article by Elzbieta Chowaniec, that was published last year in a Polish film industry related magazine, FilmPRO (Od kafla do serca; issue 3/2010, October – December). So if there is any significant update on the subject, that I don’t know of, feel free to let me know – will definitely appreciate it!

Balbina Bruszewska is a young (b. 1982) and talented director, writer, photographer and animator. She graduated from Lodz Film School and has currently been working at Se-Ma-For studio in Lodz, Poland. She won Grand Prix at the most important Polish music video event in 2009, Yach Film Festival, and Yach Film Audience Award in 2008. Hence, some even call her the Queen of the Polish music video industry. Her film The City Sails On from 2009 got awarded and mentioned at a number of Polish festivals too.

Her most current project is Heart in the Wall.  It does not aspire to be an illustration of Chopin’s life. His biography is rather treated as a good base for a story of friendship, adolescence and magic love that join together a 21st century girl, Ester and a 19th century pianist. It tries to understand on-going popularity of Chopin’s music as well as Chopin’s motifs for sending his heart after death to Poland to be placed in a pillar of one of churches in Warsaw.

Works on Heart in the Wall started in 2010 and it’s planned to be finished in 2 years time. It is a Polish-Swiss co-production and it seems that it’s going to be the first Polish puppet animated feature and have the biggest budget in history. Its first script draft actually won a pitching at Animafest in Zagreb as potentially the most successful project which later on helped promote the project abroad.

In terms of production process, the film’s crew decided to arrange 8 simultaneous sets where about 200 people would work. It would allow to finish the works within 18 months, hence the film’s budget is estimated at $7mln. There are two main co-producers: Se-Ma-For studio from Poland and Archangel Film Group from Switzerland and the works were planned to be divided between the two:  puppets, sets and shoots made in Poland with postproduction made in Switzerland. Along with Bruszewska two other co-directors are said to be working on the film: Yves Gutjahr and Mihaly Gyoerik.

The information published in media make the Heart in the Wall project look very interesting and promising. I very much look forward to its completion and premiere and genuinely hope it will be worth waiting. Since there’s not many pics available on the web yet, let’s – in the meantime – have a look at a sample of what Bruszewska is capable of. Below, you can see a showreel:


but for more, visit a few other links:

– sepukuPARTY’s Channel on Youtube


Heart in the Wall (opens as .pdf)

Balbina Bruszewska – film maker


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