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Piotr Kamler Gets Dragon of Dragons at 51st Krakow Film Festival (23 – 29th May 2011)

May 28, 2011 1 comment

Is it going to be too much for Saturday evening / night?, I asked myself when I thought of mentioning Piotr Kamler on Frogs and Squash. For some reason weekend is meant to be thoughtless, especially when it comes to browsing the net. Does anyone read blogs (or anything) during weekends at all?? The whole nation (here or there) is obviously jumping and drinking in pubs and clubs trying to forget before another Monday and getting back to reality as if weekend happened accidentally in a dream. Isn’t it a misunderstanding of what reality should be considered to be?

Anyway, maybe let’s talk animation now. It won’t be happy chilled out Saturday rabbit, no. It will be Piotr Kamler, a great Polish animator, whose films were produced mainly in France but who has always claimed he represents Poland. Funny enough, in Poland he’s not that widely known. Experimental animation, experimental music used in films created only with traditional (animation-wise) methods. After receiving awards worldwide (of course, including events in Poland), he’s now awarded the Dragon of Dragons, a life-achievement award given at Krakow Film Festival.

Below I decided to copy/paste fragments of press release published by the festival organisers on their website (this one opens as .pdf). But before we get there, let’s have a look at The Hole (Dziura, 1968). I myself find it extremely funny, so hope you enjoy it. However there is more films or extracts on the web if you want to see more – try on Youtube.

Here goes the press release:

(…) Kamler’s animations can be divided into two types – abstract and narrative.  Kamler’s films have many elements of science fiction, but irony applies – film critic Marcin Gizycki writes. – They are full of strange devices, weightless, flying disks, futuristic landscapes, unearthly civilization. But also magic and alchemy, the transmutation of matter, magic sticks. Even the very geometric forms, as in “Le pas” (Walk) or “Une mission éphémère” (One Ephemeral Mission), move in a magic or a telekinetic manner.  Despite all the uniqueness of Kamler’s vision, the spirit of Georges Méliès lives in his movies.

The music plays an important role in these works. Kamler cooperated with composers representing the elite of French contemporary music: Bernard Parmegiani (author of music for films by Walerian Borowczyk), François Bayle, Robert Cohen Solal.

In 1982, after five years of work, the artist completed his only feature film. Kamler’s biggest project and the most amazing sci-fi film in the history of cinema – “Chronopolis”. The history of the encounter of two civilizations at different  stages of development was completed with such a precision that the author was repeatedly asked about the use of the computer, however he consistently denies.

Piotr Kamler is the author of a dozen films, almost all produced in France. He, however, considers himself as Polish filmmaker. For his work the artist has won numerous awards including the prize for the best animated film of the last 30th years at Annecy International  Animated Film Festival for “Le pas” (1975). He received the Silver Dragon, main prize for animated films in Krakow three times – for “La planete vert” (1966), “Le trou” (1968) and “Coeur de secours” (1973). (…) 

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I also found this on Cartoon BrewHeart of Refuge by Piotr Kamler (with useful links) and this on Time Lost… Time Regained blog: Piotr Kamler – Coeur de secours (1973)

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