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Polish School of Animation: Screenings Worldwide (update)


As we all know by now, there’s going to be an exhibition at Barbican presenting films widely known as Polish School of Animation. That’s the 14th July 2011. HOWEVER, if you’re not living in London, you may still have a chance to see them…

Enough to say now that the screenings will take place in Beijing (China), Kiev (Ukraine), Berlin (Germany), and Tokyo (Japan). Now, let me just copy/paste an extract from an official announcement of the organisers and then follow the respective link to find out more (list of films included, dates, places and… more links 🙂 ).

The project “Polish School of Animation, its Observers and Continuators” aspires to give international recognition to the more-than-fifty-years-old output of Polish animation. “Polish School of Animation” – the validity of term application remains pending up to this day – came into being in the second half of the fifties as one of the most interesting artistic phenomena of Polish post-war culture, connected strongly – not only by personal ties – with the famous “Polish School of Poster”. We cannot disregard the fact that its emergence is included in the movement of “national schools” birth in animation, particularly intense in our part of Europe in late fifties and early sixties.
The movement was initiated and led by Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk, cooperating at that time. Their jointly made films, like “Był sobie raz” (“Once Upon a Time”) (1957), “Nagrodzone uczucia” (“Love Requited”) (1957), “Dom” (“The House”) (1958), “Sztandar Młodych” (The Colours of Young”) (1958) contributed to the breakthrough in Polish animated film which became – as in other countries – treated as a message aimed at adult audience, taking up the most complicated subjects and issues, on high level of artistic communication. (Read more)


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