Film Archive

Afternoon

Animated Film
Germany,
Poland
2012
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Izabela Plucinska
Michal Krajczok
Izabela Plucinska
Izabela Plucinska
Izablea Plucinska
A poetic snapshot of the life of a couple who just live side by side and have ceased to pay attention to each other. An unexpected incident disturbs their routine and brings the couple closer again.
FilmFestival Cottbus 2012
Crulic - The Path to Beyond Anca Damian

The true story of a man who got tangled up and perished in the red tape of European bureaucracy. A masterfully animated ballad about the decline of humanity.

Crulic - The Path to Beyond

Animadoc
Poland,
Romania
2011
73 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anca Damian, Aparte Film
Anca Damian
Ilija Zogowski
Catalin Cristutiu
Anca Damian
This highly original animated documentary reconstructs the true (!) story of an individual who gets caught up in the wheels of the murderous European bureaucratic machine. The director illuminates the dark side of the system in her second feature-length production using various animation techniques: hand drawn images, photo collages, computer trickery, plasticine figures and occasional slightly modified stock footage. One particularly distinctive feature: the main protagonist narrates and reconstructs his own life and death similar to Joe Gillis (William Holden) in Billy Wilder’s legendary feature film SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950). When Daniel Claudiu Crulic (voiced by actor Vlad Ivanov) begins his tale, he has in fact already passed away. The thirty three year old Romanian died in 2008 in a Polish prison while on hunger strike, having been accused of a crime he couldn’t possibly have committed and then dismissed by the bureaucratic machine as worthless.
This sophisticated montage, combining imagery and audio, lends this ballad of the decay of humanity and the omnipotence of boundless greed a delightful rhythm and tremendous pull, from which emerges an in equal measure unsettling and harrowing warning: a Europe, in which public authorities and civil servants prefer to sidestep responsibilities and in which the individual doesn't count for anything, makes for a life not worth living.

– Peter Claus, Katalog Cottbus

D.I.M.

Animated Film
Poland
1992
10 minutes

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Studio Malych Form Filmowych Se-ma-for
Marek Skrobecki
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michal Lorenc
Zbigniew Kotecki
Henryka Sitek
Maciej Beldycki, Marek Skrobecki
Miroslaw Dobek
Two lonely persons in a room who perk up when a bird they can feed comes flying to their window. But one day the bird fails to appear. Life-sized human puppets were constructed for this film.
Animadoc 2012
Emperor's Toys Joanna Wojcik, Jaroslaw Mozdzierz, Tomasz Godfryd, Grzegorz Wierzchowski, Joanna Rusinek
2012

Emperor's Toys

Animadoc
Poland
2012
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ewa Jastrzebska, Polish Filmmakers Association Munk Studio
Joanna Wojcik, Jaroslaw Mozdzierz, Tomasz Godfryd, Grzegorz Wierzchowski, Joanna Rusinek
Pawel Romanczuk (Male Instrumenty)
Tomasz Godfryd
Jaroslaw Mozdzierz
Joanna Rusinek, Joanna Wojcik
Joanna Wojcik, Joanna Rusinek, Jaroslaw Mozdzierz, Tomasz Godfryd, Grzegorz Wierzchowski
Like most of his peers, the protagonist began by collecting stamps, drink labels and stickers. Presently his collection consists of a couple hundred thousand objects and he became known as the Emperor of Collectors. Thanks to imagination the toys from his collection are not merely inanimate objects. A documentary film mixed with animation which portrays an unusual collection of toys.

In Times of Krakus King

Animated Film
Poland
1939
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Zenon Wasilewski
Stanislaw Wislocki
Eugeniusz Haneman
Zenon Wasilewski
Jozef Koprowicz
This film is considered to be the first Polish puppet animation after WWII. Production began in 1939 but because of the war could not be completed until 1947. It’s a fairytale from the court of King Krakus.

Losing Sonia

Documentary Film
Poland
2012
50 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Katarzyna Slesicka, Sideways Film
Radka Franczak
Radka Franczak, Michael Ackerman, Ita Zbroniec-Zajt, Anna Wydra, Małgorzata Szyłak
Radka Franczak, Jarosław Kamiński
Radka Franczak
This film takes us along into the day-to-day life of Sister Christina, a young orthodox nun. She prays by candlelight, mows the lawn in front of the convent, or removes old screws from dismantled wooden windows. She paints icons, celebrates New Year’s Eve with her fellow nuns. In interviews she talks about her decision for God and her initial difficulties in the convent. When we accompany Christina – whose worldly name is Sonia – on a visit to her parents, we begin to have an idea what is haunting Sonia and her family: traumas from the Soviet age, war, camps, exile, socialist education.
The film enables us to understand why a young woman would choose the strict life of a convent, leave her family, and turn to God for refuge. Expanding the traditional biographical focus on one individual, the director shows how Soviet history has become deeply engrained in the lives of these people and left a heritage whose shadow looms even over subsequent generations. Sonia’s mother says that human instincts were broken by the authorities. She has even lost her daughter. But Sonia has found her way. In the final scene we see her as Sister Christina, happily ringing the bells of the church tower.
– Antje Stamer

Paperbox

Animadoc
Poland
2012
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Zbigniew Czapla
Zbigniew Czapla
Jaroslaw Konopka
Zbigniew Czapla
Zbigniew Czapla
Zbigniew Czapla
Zbigniew Czapla
Zbigniew Czapla, Jaroslaw Konopka
In May 2010, after a record rainfall, a flash flood broke the embankments of the Vistula near Wilkow. The only surviving family mementos were destroyed by water, mud and mold. What was left were only some fragments of compositions, shreds of portraits and silhouettes hard to identify. This film is a desperate attempt to keep memories, reconstruct people and events of the past. An impression on the transitory nature of memory, the inevitability of fading and the destructive force of elements.

The Fantastic Flowershop

Animated Film
Poland
2001
15 minutes

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Studio Malych Form Filmowych Se-ma-for
Pawel Partyka
Wojciech Lemanski
Arkadiusz Skowron
Frances Østerfelt
Wieslaw Nowak
The story of a flowershop which magically comes alive when the owner has left. Spools of wire unroll and shape themselves into figures of men and women. The ladies dress up in colourful petals and the ball begins.

The Game

Animated Film
Poland
2011
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Tomasz Paziewski, Badi Badi f/x Studio
Marcin Janiec
Lukasz Targosz
Jaroslaw Barzan
Marcin Janiec
Somewhere between life and death a thrilling chess match takes place. The stake is high - a gateway to the world of living. And the judge is someone you would definitely not like to meet...

The Little Quartet

Animated Film
Poland
1965
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Studio Malych Form Filmowych Se-ma-for
Edward Sturlis
Jerzy Matuszkiewicz
Leszek Nartowski
Ryszard Brudzynski
Mieczyslaw Janik
When the piano lid is closed and the lights go out, the lampshades are convinced they can make the joint hop all by themselves. And they’re right! A harmonious composition of music and movement.

The Sack

Animated Film
Poland
1967
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Studio Malych Form Filmowych Se-ma-for
Tadeusz Wilkosz
Zbigniew Bujarski
Eugeniusz Ignaciuk
Tadeusz Wilkosz
Mieczyslaw Janik
A discarded sack in the attic reveals its evil side. All objects in the house are in great danger now. "The sack" is the first Polish film in the Czech tradition of object animation.

What Happens When Children Don't Eat Soup

Animated Film
Poland
2011
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Pawel Prewencki
Pawel Prewencki
Szymon Jozwiak
Pawel Prewencki
Pawel Prewencki
Pawel Prewencki
Two siblings watched by their grandfather sit at the table and struggle to finish their soup. The children scoop the soup up reluctantly, but what will happen when they leave?