Marcin Wrona – born 1973 in Tarnów, director, screenwriter; film, television and theatrical producer. Member of the European and Polish Film Academies. He was a graduate of Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and Directing at Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He graduated also from Wajda Master School of Film Directing and the Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam (2005). Since 2006 he was a university teacher – he taught directing at the Faculty of Radio and Television in Katowice. Author of the full – length feature films – My Blood (2009) and Baptism (2010). His etude Man magnet has received the Grand Prix “Golden Dinosaur” at Etude & Anima Festival in 2002. He died on 18 September 2015 in Gdynia.
“So, I lived very close to the place where we are right now and did film studies. And my first contact with such a festival, with such cinema, as if from the outside, student, from various parts of the world, from various film schools, it was right here, at the festival Etiuda. Back then it was called Etiuda, now it has this two-part title Etiuda and Anima. And it was really the time when I had the chance to watch films from the FAMU school in Prague, for example from the school in Tel Aviv, from schools in South America. I remembered that time very well, I envied those people so much that they could travel the world like that, among others, that they could come to Krakow, show their film; this confrontation always seemed valuable and interesting to me. Later this dream of mine to find myself at this festival came true in such a way that I completed my graduation film Człowiek Magnes/The Magnet Man near here in the school in Katowice, which as it turned out won one of the editions of this festival. It was maybe 9 years ago. So I’m a prizewinner of this festival, and the following year 2003 I was one of the jury members. So really this festival Etiuda got stuck very much in my biography and I can say that it all began here. (…) Festivals of this kind simply show us that this is some kind of responsibility, that we represent a certain world. And what is also important is the fact that at such a festival we learn that what we tell in this particular place of ours in the world is communicable, is understandable somewhere else.”
Fragment of a recorded interview with Marcin Wrona for the production of the film Laterna Magica, given to Miłosz Kozioł during the 18th edition of the festival Etiuda&Anima, in November 2011.
Last Farewell to Marcin Wrona
Programe: interview Marcin, Magnet Man (2001), Demon (2015)
Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room
23rd November (Monday), 5 p.m.