Drawing from a vast culture of storytelling and fairytales, a deep well of profound historical experiences and an exposure to a multitude of artistic influences, Polish animation has a history, a depth and a diversity that few countries can hope to match. This survey of contemporary Polish animation showcases how these various forces and influences are playing out in the first decade of the 21st century.
‘The Ritual’ ( Zbigniew Czapla, 2010)
A complex depiction of the simple things in life painted with an audacious brush.
‘Protozoa’ (Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, 2011)
A feast for the eyes: an intensely aquafied swirl through the tiniest of universes.
‘Exit’ (Grzegorz Koncewicz, 2006)
A rain spattered tale of urban desire, multi-headed revenge and image manipulation in graphic novel-style black and white.
‘Who Would Have Thought?’ (Ewa Borysewicz, 2009)
Only at times can humans endure the fullness of the divine. Who would have thought?
‘The Razor’ (Grzegorz Koncewicz, 2009)
A man in need of a shave, a barber of dubious temperament and a fat, dancing, pink pig.
‘Wywijas’ (Andrzej Jobczyk, 2008)
Inside outside in. Every journey, no matter how warped, begins with a sock and a clock.
‘Aquatura’ (Marcin Gizycki, 2010)
An utterly fascinating rolling pastiche of shapes and images animated entirely with coloured water.
‘Millhaven’ (Bartek Kulas, 2010)
Set to Nick Cave’s psychedelic ballad ‘The Curse of Millhaven’- How last Christmas Bill Blake’s little boy didn’t come home.
‘Ichthys’ (Marek Skrobecki, 2010)
A mysterious restaurant just beyond the fog has but one item on its giant menu. Patience is a virtue.
‘The Lost Town of Switez’ (Kamil Polak, 2011)
An utterly epic, apocalyptic adaptation of an Adam Mickiewicz poem about a flood that mysteriously submerges the town of Switez.