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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.

Polish Films at LIAF 2011 (26th August – 4th September)

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

London International Animation Festival is coming back to town! The 8th edition of the event, that is said to be the biggest of its kind in the UK, is moving to a new venue this year (which is our beloved Barbican). The festival programme sounds exciting for quite a number of reasons but let me mention here only one: Polish animation! Yeay!… 🙂

Yep, as announced on LIAF website, we’ll be able to see what’s best in the latest Polish animation and by the latest I’d say I mean the first decade of 21st century. Some of the films have been mentioned on Frogs and Squash, so there is a chance you already got the feeling. Among others, there are such jewels as Dokumanimo by Malgorzata Bosek (2007), Gallery by Robert Proch (2009), Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow (2010), Danny Boy by Marek Skrobecki (2010), Millhaven by Bartek Kulas (2010) or The Lost Town of Switez by Kamil Polak (2010).  For full details of the two sets of films, go to: Focus on Poland 1 and Focus on Poland 2.

Another exciting thing in the programme is 2 master classes that are supposed to be led by (one of my faves, I must admit) Wojtek Wawszczyk. For details, again, follow the link: Wojtek Wawszczyk Master Class 1 & 2. These will be followed by George the Hedgehog screening (Wojtek’s latest feature) and Q&A with the director.

Also, there is a few Polish productions in the competition!

For info I refer you to the LIAF website. All bookings to be made through Barbican website.

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

Let’s Find James Bond Spirit in Virus by Robert Proch (2009)

June 8, 2011 1 comment

Virus by Robert Proch was actually the only Polish animation awarded at Animator Festival in 2009. It got a special award in music film category.

At first glance it may seem that there’s not much new in this short.  However, when you go on watching (believe me less than 5 mins is not that huge sacrifice!), you appreciate its dynamic rhythm and the way the picture completes the sound (or the opposite). Also, my son loves the idea of a train in it (yep, little trainspotter!) and I cannot resist expecting a revolver and James Bond figure at the end… (what does it say about me??) 🙂 Don’t worry, it won’t come.

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