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Polish Films at Ottawa Festival 2011

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Yep, Ottawa have announced their official selection today and here we have 5 Polish titles (in different categories and including co-productions). Let’s have a look:

1. Little Postman (Maly listonosz) by Dorota Kobiela (2011)

The film is an interesting production. It’s is made in 3D, however each frame is a piece of hand-painted 3 dimensional set.

Story: Set during the Warsaw Uprising, the Little Postman is a scout who is delivering mail around the war-torn city. Set to Chopin’s awe-inspiring revolutionary etude, Little Postman has our hearts beating fast as he shows his determination to deliver the mail whatever happens, with a little help from the Flying Machine…

2. Gallery (Galeria) by Robert Proch (2011)

This I mentioned in one of my previous posts.

Story: A pit bull’s patience is tested as his owner is drawn towards both the endless offerings in a surreal shopping centre and the affections of a classy dame. A seamless and artfully illustrative animation.

3. Night Island by Salvador Maldonado (2011)

Story: A merchant ship navigates through a terrible storm. Onboard a young girl tries to save her cat from being washed overboard. But a wave takes them both and they are swept into the sea. Waking up on a desolate beach, the girl encounters strange creatures that tempt her to stay on the mysterious island. In order to find her way back to her father’s ship she must liberate the music trapped in the undertow of the Night Island.

4. Underlife by Jaroslaw Konopka (2010)

A trailer of the film can be viewed here.

Story: Underlife is a film inspired by Lullaby directed by Krzysztof Komeda, which employs metaphor to show the destructive influence that ancestors have on man and poses a question if we are able to liberate from it. It raises the universal issue of subconscious determinants which condition and define our lives.

5. Plumm by Andrzej Dybowski, Pawel Blakala, Krzysztof Jedrzejek, Jakub Kosakowski & Przemyslaw Patyk (2011)

Story: Where the sky falls down on the ground and roofs of houses float above human heads, a little boy travels the world of children’s imagination. But, life is just a brief dream in the place where his dreams come true. At the end, a return to reality awaits, which will put the dreamer with a difficult choice. Although the decision the character makes exposes illusions of his childhood dreams, it also becomes an expression of devotion, a great friendship and hope that there is an ocean of miracles somewhere, of which we dreamed of when we were kids.

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Ottawa Festival: Official Selection

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s award-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the new Pixar short La Luna directed by Enrico Casarosa, Bill Plympton’s Guard Dog Global Jam and Fernando Trueba & Javier Mariscal’s Spanish film Chico & Rita are some of the highlights of this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, it was announced today. (Read more)

For more, go to: Ottawa Festival: Selections

Gallery by Robert Proch (2010) To Be Shown at This Year Ottawa Festival

July 23, 2011 1 comment

A while ago, in June me thinks, I presented here a very special piece of Polish animation – Virus by Robert Proch.  And a couple of days ago I learnt the artist’s new film, Gallery (2010) had been accepted in competition at Ottawa Festival.

According to Polish film website Stopklatka.pl, Gallery was shown in Toronto, Canada as a part of World Short Film Festival programme and was even awarded an honourable mention in the best animated short category. Later on the film was invited to Ottawa competition.

Summary: A pit bull’s patience is tested as his owner is drawn towards both the endless offerings in a surreal shopping centre and the affections of a classy dame. A seamless and artfully illustrative animation.

Even though I have not found even an extract from the film online, you still have a chance to see it as it’s been screened at various events worldwide. Just after World Short Film Festival, it went to the festival competition in Huesca followed by Polish Shorts screening in Vila do Conde, Portugal. In August, the film takes part in two other competitions: Danish Odense and Czech Fresh Film Fest. This will be followed by September screening at Animaanima Festival in Serbia.

For more details on Robert Proch’s artistic activity, visit his website at Robert Proch

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