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A Documentary Film

Animadoc
Poland
2015
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marcin Malatyński
Marcin Podolec
Wiktoria Nowak
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
What would a documentary about a man from Jarosław look like whose biography records no special events – while the big dramas happen on the television monitor? And yet this is life as lived: work, coffee, headache pills, vacations. A house that’s too big now that the children have moved out. Marcin Podolec in a touching way transfers his father’s life into the world of comics and creates a new genre in the process: the animated long term observation.

Lars Meyer
Witold Giersz 2015
Awaiting Witold Giersz

While waiting for the beloved one in a café, a man entertains himself by making gowned ladies and tailcoated men from napkins.

Awaiting

Animated Film
Poland
1962
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Studio Miniatur Filmowych
Witold Giersz
Zbigniew Rudziński
Jan Tkaczyk
Witold Giersz, Ludwik Perski
Jan Radlicz
While waiting for the beloved one in a café, a man entertains himself by making gowned ladies and tailcoated men from napkins. A ball and a duel take place on the shining table top. The romantic story of life, love and death among the paper characters is full of suspense and dramatic twists.

Annegret Richter
International Programme 2015
Don't Lose Your Head Karolina Specht

Far too much of the content of human communication never goes beyond a short-lived mind game. The speech bubbles devour themselves like the revolution which devours its children, while the system keeps reproducing itself. Is this about media, the church, politics? Let everybody decide for themselves.

Don't Lose Your Head

Animated Film
Poland
2015
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Marcin Malatyński
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Bogdan Klat, Wieslaw Nowak
Far too much of the content of human communication never goes beyond a short-lived mind game. The speech bubbles devour themselves like the revolution which devours its children, while the system keeps reproducing itself. Is this about media, the church, politics? Let everybody decide for themselves. This ironic computer animation gives the talking heads’ spiral of repetition another turn of the screw, using not language but images: the graphic icons which make our communication easier. Or not.

Lars Meyer
International Programme 2015
Fences Natalia Krawczuk

A lonely tree in a forest of wooden boards – and a small bird that adores him. Two dogs barking at each other while they are separated by pickets. People who fence themselves in or don’t notice when fences disappear.

Fences

Animated Film
Poland
2015
7 minutes

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Marcin Malatyński
Natalia Krawczuk
Natalia Krawczuk
Magdalena Chowańska
Natalia Krawczuk
Natalia Krawczuk
Ewa Bogusz
A lonely tree in a forest of wooden boards – and a small bird that adores him. Two dogs barking at each other while they are separated by pickets. People who fence themselves in or don’t notice when fences disappear. These grotesque episodes about rehearsed border behaviour could also have been made by Roy Andersson. But unlike the latter’s opulent living tableaus, Natalia Krawczuk reduces her visual language to a simple style of drawing that allows for political interpretations.

Lars Meyer
Witold Giersz 2015
Fire Witold Giersz

A dramatic painted impression showing the life of animals in a forest where a dangerous fire has broken out. Panic is conveyed through the brushstrokes which seem to quiver with life.

Fire

Animated Film
Poland
1975
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Teresa Kowal, Studio Miniatur Filmowych
Witold Giersz
Jacek Ostaszewski
Jan Tkaczyk
Hanna Michalewicz
Andrzej Bohdanowicz
A dramatic painted impression showing the life of animals in a forest where a dangerous fire has broken out. Panic is conveyed through the brushstrokes which seem to quiver with life. Following a cyclical pattern common to many of Giersz’s films, “Fire” ends on a hopeful note as the first tiny sprout of new growth emerges.

Annegret Richter
Witold Giersz 2015
Heritage Park Witold Giersz

After all the trees are cut, only one house remains on the construction site. The two architects are devastated. Today this is called gentrification, back then heritage park.

Heritage Park

Animated Film
Poland
1978
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Studio Miniatur Filmowych
Witold Giersz
Waldemar Kazanecki
Jan Ptasiński
Hanna Michalewicz
Witold Giersz
Zbigniew Wolski
After all the trees are cut, only one house remains on the construction site. The two architects are devastated. Today this is called gentrification, back then heritage park.

Annegret Richter
Witold Giersz 2015
Horse Witold Giersz

Enacting the story of a hunt with wild but precise gestures, Witold Giersz lets colours explode and brings the strokes of paint to life.

Horse

Animated Film
Poland
1967
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Teresa Kowal, Studio Miniatur Filmowych
Witold Giersz
Kazimierz Serocki
Jan Tkaczyk
Witold Giersz
Jan Radlicz
Enacting the story of a hunt with wild but precise gestures, Witold Giersz lets colours explode and brings the strokes of paint to life. The abstract backgrounds beautifully and strangely yet entirely comprehensibly form the narrative world as the film depicts an epic chase from humanity’s past.

---Annegret Richter
Witold Giersz 2015
In the Hall of the Mountain King Witold Giersz

A visual interpretation of the famous “Peer Gynt” suite by Edvard Grieg, its dramaturgy, changing mood and colour.

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Animated Film
Poland
1996
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Ewa Sobolewska, TV Studio of Animation Films Poznań
Witold Giersz
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Vaclav Neumann
Krzysztof Szyszka
Wiesław Nowak
Witold Giersz, Piotr Giersz, Wojciech Wojtkowski
Witold Giersz
Wiesław Nowak
A visual interpretation of the famous “Peer Gynt” suite by Edvard Grieg, its dramaturgy, changing mood and colour.

Annegret Richter
Witold Giersz 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen Witold Giersz

An amusing yet instructive story full of funny gags about the escalating rivalry between the two suitors of an attractive lady.

Ladies and Gentlemen

Animated Film
Poland
1964
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Teresa Kowal, Studio Miniatur Filmowych
Witold Giersz
Waldemar Kazanecki
Jan Tkaczyk
Witold Giersz
Witold Giersz
Jan Radlicz
An amusing yet instructive story full of funny gags about the escalating rivalry between the two suitors of an attractive lady. The animator takes part in the plot and, on the request of one of the contestants, introduces another lady to the story. Instead of solving the dispute the director merely adds another reason for disagreement.

Annegret Richter

Out of the Blue

Documentary Film
Poland
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Zuzanna Król
Piotr Małecki
Natali Drosou
Piotr Małecki
Przemysław Chruścielewski, Katarzyna Leśniak
Piotr Małecki
Maciej Krupa
A slow pan scans children’s faces with half-closed eyes directed at nothing. The long-term coma patients, children and adolescents, in a hospital in Warsaw are resting in a kind of limbo. Portraying this place of the enraptured as one of joy and laughter – beside the moments of desperation – is the feat achieved by Piotr Małecki, who manages to bring all those contrasts into focus in a few episodes.

Cornelia Klauß
Witold Giersz 2015
Rondo alla Turca Witold Giersz

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in A major is illustrated with colourful, dynamic images of the marching Turkish army, which provides the basic rhythm.

Rondo alla Turca

Animated Film
Poland
1993
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Ewa Sobolewska, TV Studio of Animation Films Poznań
Witold Giersz
Franc Poursel's Orchestra
Kazimierz Strzemacki
Wiesław Nowak
Witold Giersz
Witold Giersz
Wiesław Nowak
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in A major is illustrated with colourful, dynamic images of the marching Turkish army, which provides the basic rhythm.

Annegret Richter
International Programme 2015
Snails Grzegorz Szczepaniak

Enchantingly portrayed snails, two young entrepreneurs and wealth on the horizon of desires are the point of departure of this Polish comedy about great ambitions and broken dreams.

Snails

Documentary Film
Poland
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Zuzanna Król
Grzegorz Szczepaniak
Mikołaj Majkusiak
Daniel Wawrzyniak, Marek Kozakiewicz
Wojciech Janas
Grzegorz Szczepaniak
Paulina Bocheńska
Enchantingly portrayed snails, two young entrepreneurs and wealth on the horizon of desires are the point of departure of this Polish comedy about great ambitions and broken dreams. Breeding snails is a science of its own and replete with obstacles. Though our young entrepreneurs give their best, the snails obstinately resist, no matter how slow they are.

Matthias Heeder

The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls

Documentary Film
Poland,
Sweden,
Ukraine
2015
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Krzysztof Kopczyński, David Herdies, Gennady Kofman
Krzysztof Kopczyński
Jacek Petrycki, Serhiy Stefan Stetsenko
Michał Leszczyłowski
Krzysztof Kopczyński
Mateusz Adamczyk, Marcin Lenarczyk, Sebastian Witkowski
Right at the start, an excerpt from the Yiddish-language Polish 1930s classic “The Dybbuk” opens an old wound: the world of the shtetl with its old folk beliefs has vanished. But the spirit of the dead, the Dibbuk, is still walking among us. And it has many faces.

We re-emerge from the past to find ourselves in the Ukrainian town of Uman just before “Euromaidan”. A sacred place for thousands of orthodox Jews who make the pilgrimage to the grave of the Hassidic rabbi Nachman and transform the town, annoying the Ukrainian citizens who are afraid of a sell-out and react with provocations. Sometimes it’s an illegally raised cross, sometimes an information board in honour of the anti-Semitic Cossack leader and butcher Ivan Gonta. Or, rather more subtly, extra fees for kosher snacks.

The worlds clash on many levels. With great curiosity, Krzysztof Kopczyński captures the almost incompatible legends and rituals that come alive on both sides. On the one hand a completely impoverished country in the process of finding its identity, accompanied by nationalistic overtones. On the other hand a lost tradition and the experience of the Holocaust. Who owns the country? The film mines a wealth of material full of impressions, rough scenes and fables to bring the unexpected to light.

Lars Meyer
Witold Giersz 2015
The Intellectual Witold Giersz

Two cavemen are trying to win the favour of an attractive woman as the viewers get the impression that the film is forming before their eyes. The technique is reminiscent of the one used in the film “Horse”.

The Intellectual

Animated Film
Poland
1969
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Studio Miniatur Filmowych
Witold Giersz
Waldemar Kazanecki
Jan Tkaczyk
Witold Giersz
Witold Giersz
Jan Radlicz
Two cavemen are trying to win the favour of an attractive woman as the viewers get the impression that the film is forming before their eyes. The technique is reminiscent of the one used in the film “Horse”.

Annegret Richter
Witold Giersz 2015
The Little Western Witold Giersz

A parody on the “big” western, full of witty gags and surprising twists. Blurred patches of colour replace traditional drawings. Special Prize at the “4th International Leipzig Documentary and Short Film Week” in 1961.

The Little Western

Animated Film
Poland
1960
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Teresa Kowal, Studio Miniatur Filmowych
Witold Giersz
Jerzy Matuszkiewicz
Aleksander Lipowski
Witold Giersz
Witold Giersz
Jan Radlicz
Ryszard Słapczyński
A parody on the “big” western, full of witty gags and surprising twists. Blurred patches of colour replace traditional drawings. Special Prize at the “4th International Leipzig Documentary and Short Film Week” in 1961.

Annegret Richter