26. IFF Etiuda&Anima: Fifth Day – Award Ceremony

Saturday is the penultimate day of the festival, but we are not slowing down! Before the closing ceremony of the festival, there will also be film screenings and side events. From 10 a.m., in the small screening room of the Małopolska Garden of Art, replays of screenings of ANIMA nominated films begin. In three blocks, lasting over an hour each, you will be able to see the best short animations from around the world. In the large room at Rajska St. from 9 a.m. Anna Szczerbińska will conduct the second part of the workshop Do you have a project? Present it with a smile. However, this is just a beginning. At 11 a.m., before the screening of the Away film, we invite for the final of the projects Animating books! and Cooking on the screen, where children and young people in collaboration with the Etiuda & Anima Foundation created their own film productions.   1.30 p.m. is time for Europe in animation. The theme of the meeting will be works from Croatia. Special guest - Ivana Bošnjak - will present films of the legendary Bonobostudio.

Still from animation "The Swallows of Kabul"
The Swallows of Kabul directed by Zabou Breitman is a film adaptation of a best-selling novel. The animation about slavery was shown at this year's Cannes festival, and during Etiuda & Anima it will be presented at 3:30 p.m.. At the same time stop-motion animation workshop Body, organism, mechanism will be held at the Małopolska Garden of Art. All participants will create their own film, with the support of a director, screenwriter and animator Izabela Plucińska. November 23 at the Etiuda & Anima festival is also a day of workshops for children. In the Feliks Jasieński Szołayski House participants of Lucija Mrzljak's classes will explore the miracles of optical illusions and ultimately they will use it to create paper animation.
"Farewells" series - "Franco Zeffirelli - Directing From Life"
At the Małopolska Garden of Art teenagers will be able to see that anyone can become a YouTuber. The AMA Academy lecturer, Rafał Kosecki, will reveal the secrets of professional film making. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn the stages of creating short film stories: from finding inspiration to the final editing. Saturday afternoon is an opportunity to remember outstanding figures from the world of cinema who died last year. As part of the "Farewells" series at 5:30 and 7 p.m. you will be able to watch documentary films about Italian cinema masters, Bernardo Bertolucci (Bertolucci: No End Travelling, dir. Mario Sesti) and Franco Zeffirelli (Franco Zeffirelli - Directing From Life, dir. Chris Hunt).
"Farewells" series - "Bertolucci: No End Travelling"
The day will end with the award ceremony of the ETIUDA and ANIMA competitions and the presentation of the awarded films. The closing gala starts at 8 p.m. in the main screening room of the Malopolska Garden of Art. Sunday, the last day of the festival, is a time of reruns. You can see, among others Buñuel in the Labirynth of the Turtles for the second time. At 11 a.m. we invite you to the conference of rectors and representatives of European film and art schools entitled Promotion and distribution of student etudes and graduation films.

26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima – Third Day

Good morning! Thursday will be the third day of great events related to 26.Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival. Today we have prepared more films - to watch in three different locations! We hope that everyone will find something for themselves! In the morning we invite the young audience to the Małopolska Garden of Art (MOS). At 10am and 12am films Lotte and the Lost Dragons (dir.Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits) and Away (dir.Gints Zilbalodis) will be presented consecutively. Both screenings will take place in a Large Screening Room.

Still from animation "Lotte and the Lost Dragons" dir. Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits
In the afternoon we will present another competition blocks. The III and IV projection of the ANIMA competition (4p.m. and 8:30p.m., Large Room) and the III and IV projection of the ETIUDA competition (3:30p.m. and 8p.m., Small Room) will take place. The second block of the 'Europe in animation' cycle will be held in Large Screening Room at 2p.m. Cinanima International Animated Film Festival in Espinho will present a selection of the most interesting Portuguese animated films from recent years. Beside all that, in the morning we invite for the repetitions of the screenings of ETIUDA competition. At 6:30p.m. in the Large Room as part of the "Self-Portraits of Animation Autors" there will be a meeting with this year's special guest, Igor Kovalyov, co-founder of the legendary Pilot School of Animation studio in Moscow. His short films Andrei Svislotski, Hen, His Wife, Bird in the Window, Flying Nansen, Milch and Before Love have received many awards and recognition - four of them you will be able to see today!
Still from animation "Before Love" dir.: Igor Kovalyov
At 2p.m. in the Small Room there will be a discussion about animated series and the toy industry led by Konrad Sierzputowski. At 5:45p.m. we invite you to the screening of Varda according to Agnès (dir. Agnès Varda) from the "Farewell" cycle. The film is the last work of a recently deceased artist who combined in her work social commitment, feminist message and a passion for formal experiments.
Agnès Varda
We continue meetings from the "Between the Media" cycle at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. Today we propose the movie Symphony of the Ursus Factory (dir. Jaśmina Wójcik ) which starts at 5p.m. Studio Club, located on Witolda Budryka 4 will host some of the festival events. At 6p.m. animated etudes by students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and jazz variations of Tymon Tymański will be presented. In this project Tymański returns to string bass and chamber jazz, which was his fascination when he performed with a cult band Miłość. In those sonoristic instrumental explorations he is accompanied by well-known musicians of the Tri-City jazz scene: saxophonist Ireneusz Wojtczak, guitarist Marcin Gałązka, pianist Michał Wandzilak and drummer Jacek Prościński. At 7p.m. the film You Are God by Leszek Dawid will be shown. After that we invite you to a meeting with the director and cinematographer Łukasz Gutt. We will talk about the shooting of Broad Peak, realized at an altitude of 5600 m above sea level. See you there!  

26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima – Second Day

Wednesday is a second day of the 26th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima and another day of unique events. Today we begin with competition screenings of 29 films in ETIUDA category, competing for awards of Golden, Silver and Bronze Dinosaur, as well as 67 films in ANIMA contest, competing for Jabberwocky Award. We remind you, that in both contests participate films created and produced both by students, as well as by professionals.

Still from animation "Untravel", dir.: Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr.
We start the day with screenings of ANIMA competition. Both blocks will take place in Large Screening Room at Małopolska Garden of Arts at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. In the meantime, in Small Screening Room we’ll show you movies from the other titular competition, ETIUDA, then, ANIMA competition films at 2.p.m.. Large Screening Room at 2 p.m. will provide the projection of the first block of the “Europe in Animation” series with the selection of 9 Danish shorts. You will find unrequited love, true friends, power animals, and bloody murder. It is curated by VOID International Animation Film Festival, a festival of animation for adult audiences only, taking place in Copenhagen in early February. Spot the unmistakable warm glow of Danish "hygge" that are sprinkled into these eight short films. In the programme i.a. The Messenger, dir.: Lowe Haak, DK 2018, 9’37”, Tiger, dir.: Pernille Kjær, DK 2016, 6’ and Forglemmegei/Forget-Me, dir.: Katarina Lundquist, DK 2019, 8’.
Still from animation "She who measures", dir.: Veljko Popović
Wednesdays special event will be the presentation of the award of the Special Golden Dinosaur to artist and professor Hieronim Neumann. The ceremony will take place in Large Screening Room at 6 p.m. This year’s winner is domesticated in Poznań where he graduated from the National Higher School of Fine Arts. He is an author of animated films and a pedagogue leading an animation studio at the animation department of the University of Arts in Poznań and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
Hieronim Neumann
As far back as in his debut work “Counting Rhyme” from 1976 he has been inspired by the media dimension of animated film, sometimes making references to the tradition of graphic arts and prehistory of cinema (Muybridge). Spectators of IFF Etiuda&Anima will have an unique opportunity to see mentioned film from the beginnings of Neumann’s work. In the programme celebrating the artist’s creation, we’ll also see other movies from his debut period. 5/4 (1979) and Block (1982) give us a contrariwise perspective of life in Poland in the 80.-ies. They both transform scenes from everyday life in an innovative way, so that, in Neumann’s vision, they turn into something outstanding. A windfall for movie fans will also be the projection of the latest version of the movie Winda (2017) - shortened and embellished with a new soundtrack. At 8 p.m. in the Small Screening room we will present the etudes by the students of prof. Hieronim Neumann, winner of the Special Golden Dinosaur. Although the Małopolska Garden of Arts is the heart and center of IFF Etiuda&Anima, it is not the only place of events on the festival map. In the evening we invite you to Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. There, at 5 p.m., the inauguration of the "Between the Media" cycle will take place. Within it, animated and experimental films chosen by the Ars Electronica Animation Festival. We have prepared all these attractions for you today. Meanwhile tomorrow we invite you to.

The 26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima Begins Today…

Today in The Małopolski Ogród Sztuki in Cracow at Rajska 12 street starts the 26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima. The first film events start at 5 p.m.  (presenting the winner of the Honorary Golden Dinosaur award for the best film school IFF Etiuda&Anima 2018 - Szinház-es Filmművészeti Egyetem (Hungary), and at 6 p.m. we invite you to the screening of 10 best short animated British pictures of the new century according to Jayne Pilling.

Still from animation "I Am Tom Moody"
Jayne Pilling is our special guest this year. She’s an expert, animation historian and she has been conducting research on animated films for years. She worked at British Film Institute for 11 years and she was a director of Cardiff International Film Festival between 1993 and 1995. She was a lecturer at Royal College of Art in London. Her books and scientific publications inspire film scholars from around the world. This year Jayne Pilling was awarded the prestigious Zagreb International Festival World Council’s Award for her work in animation study. Jayne Pilling will present and discuss ten most important modern animations of United Kingdom, just for the guests of Etiuda&Anima festival in Cracow. You can’t miss it! Opening ceremony of Etiuda&Anima 2019 festival starts at 8 p.m. After the Opening Gala we will be delighted to invite you to an exquisite screening! Awarded in Malaga Film Festival, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Tortoises, directed by Salvador Simó Busom, is a fascinating alternative take on a biographical film. Animated adaptation of Fermin Solís comic book depicts the creation of the only documentary in Luis Buñuel career called Land Without Bread, created in 1933. Combining colorful animation enriched by the surreal themes of Salvador Dali paintings and fragments of Buñuel’s original documentary, is an obligatory watch for every film history connoisseur and Spanish culture enthusiasts!
Still from animation "Buñuel w labiryncie żółwi"
All of this awaits you today in The Małopolski Ogród Sztuki! And what about tomorrow? Even more Etiudaandanima-ish attractions, such as the opening of the „Between the media” series and the Honorary Golden Dinosaur for an extraordinary artist and teacher award gala. During the 26th edition of the festival, the award will go to professor Hieronim Neumann, prominent artist of the experimental movement in Polish animated film. After the award ceremony, there will be a screening of selected animated short films by this year’s winner. On Wednesday, the screenings of the films in a competition in ETIUDA category will start - 29 films will be competing for Golden, Silver and Brown Dinosaur  - and ANIMA, to which no less than 67 films qualified, fighting for the Jabberwocky award. Competition will feature films from both students as well as professionals.

European Film and Performing Arts Schools’ Rectors’ Conference

Date and time: 24/11/2019, MOS (sala mala/the small hall) The organizers of the 26th Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival would like to invite people of interest to a Conference led by European film and performing arts schools’s rectors, titled “The Promotion and Distribution of Student Etudes and Films with Diplomas Outside of the Film School System and Environment.” It will take place on the 24th November (Sunday) at 11:00 AM in MOS (sala mała/the small hall) on 12 Rajska Street. The conference is one of the Etiuda&Anima accompanying events. The speakers, who will take the floor during the conference, represent a range European centres. Our guests include: Martin Hagemann - GERMANY [Professor of Film and Television Production at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, where he is currently Vice President for International Affairs] László Upor  - HUNGARY [Vice Rector at University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, since March 2019 he has served as Acting Rector] Barbara Harumová Hessová - SLOVAKIA [teaches at the Department of Production and Distribution and is Vice-Dean for International Relations at the Film and Television Faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava] Marcin Malatyński – POLAND [Rector’s plenipotentiary for international cooperation -  The Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź] KRZYSZTOF BRZEZOWSKI – POLAND [Rector’s plenipotentiary for the promotion of Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź] The speeches made by the representatives of the invited film and performing art schools with fluctuate between the following topics: -producers’ models used in chosen schools: the sources of finance covering the realization of etudes and certified films and the issue of cooperation. - potential forms of distribution of certified film: what could it look like? - The issue of the organized cells, responsible for the promotion of student work, for example at film festivals, other events and in the media. - The role of students as the authors of films in the promotion process: to what degree can students come out with their independent initiatives in this area? - The wide “marketization” of student work and the process of it turning into an object of cinema and media distribution: a threat to the freedom of art in the open and creative film education field or a new opportunity? -models of the distribution of etudes and certified films: which were the most adequate for the conditions in different countries and in the international market? - European Union programmes providing support for the development of the film culture: what role should such programmes play in this field? - Could one of the solution to the indicated problems be the organization of student etudes, certified films and film and performing art schools’ marketplaces in the Middle-East?   The speeches at the conference will be presented in English with simultaneous translation into Polish available. We are directing this invitation to academic lecturers as well as students of coursed related to the organization of film and television production and those studying Film Making, Cinematography, Film Studies, etc.

Full-Lenght Animated Films for Kids on 26th IFF…

There is a short time left before the 26th Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival - we beggin on November 19 in Krakow! In this year's program all participants will find something for themselves: film screenings, meetings with guests, workshops and specialist lectures. But Etiuda & Anima 2019 is not only for the adult audience. We also remember about the youngest! During the Etiuda & Anima 2019 our youngest participants will have the opportunity to watch informative, full-length animated movies. With them in mind, we have prepared for example projections of the third part of the children's favourite movie serie Lotte - Lotte and the Lost Dragons (dir.Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits), Away movie (dir.Gints Zilbalodis) and the screening of the Danish A Checked Ninja (dir.Anders Matthesen and Thorbjørn Christoffersen).

Still from animation "Lotte and the Lost Dragons"
The Estonian-Lithuanian animation Lotte and the Lost Dragons is another movie about the adventures of the clever girl dog called Lotte. In this part a little sister of the main character is born. Lotte decides to show her the world. Two scientists come to the village where the sisters live, looking for the mythical land of dragons. Lotte and Rosie try to help them. Animation impresses with colors, classic line and rapid action, but also brings a wise message: family is a value, agreement builds, and if you are persistent, you can achieve great goals. Lotte and the Lost Dragons is suitable for children above 5 years. Two screenings at the Etiuda & Anima Festival (November 21 and 22) will be the only screenings of this movie in Krakow.
Still from animation "Lotte and the Lost Dragons"
A lonely boy wakes up entangled in a parachute and hanging on a tree. As a result of an accident he finds himself on an unknown, wild land. To return home, he must traverse a paradise countre. A mysterious, silent creature follows him. That's how the Lithuanian animation Away begins. It's a full-length debut of the acclaimed young animator Gints Zilbalodis .
Still from animation "Away"
The production realized in CGI technique had its premiere at the prestigious Animafest festival in Zagreb, where it delighted critics and won the main prize for full-length animation. It received equally positive reviews at the world's most important animated film festival in Annecy, France. Critics emphasize the similarity of Zilbalodis' production to the films of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of the famous Studio Ghibli. Away is a universal story about growing up, loneliness, facing your own fears, but also about the eternal relationship of a man with the nature. The screening of Away will take place on November 22 during 26th IFF Etiuda & Anima.
Still from animation "Away"
On November 24, viewers above 9 years old can participate in the screening of Danish A Checkered Ninja. Aske, the hero of the animation, gets a ninja figurine from his uncle who returned from Thailand. The boy discovers that the figurine is alive and can help him with problems at school. Aske would like to return the favor. Over time turns out that the rag doll has bad intentions... A film for young viewers with strong nerves! To the youngest participants of the Etiuda & Anima 2019 we offer not only animated full-length films. We invite children between 5 and 10 years old to take part in the animation workshops, and those between 10 and 13 will have the opportunity to learn how to make films with a mobile phone. All this and more on 26. IFF Etiuda & Anima!   Lotte and the Lost Dragons 21st November (Thursday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room   Away 21st November (Thursday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 23rd November (Saturday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room   A Checkered Ninja 24th November (Sunday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room    

“Self-Portraits of Animation Artists” series at the 26th…

Permanent series “Self-portraits of Animation Artists” is one of the most eagerly awaited parts of each edition of Etiuda&Anima festival.  During interactive meetings with the audience, the greatest personalities of modern artistic animation talk about the tricks of their trade. Guests during this year`s edition of the series are Igor Kovalyov (21.11) and Izabela Plucińska (22.11).

Igor Kovaljov

Our this year`s special guest – Igor Kovalyov – is a world renowned filmmaker, animator and director. His short animations Andrei Svislotski (1992), Hen, His Wife (1990), Flying Nansen (1999), Milch (2005) and Before Love (2015) won numerous awards and honorary mentions gaining recognition in the film circle. [caption id="attachment_16183" align="alignright" width="316"] Kard z animacji / Still from animation"Milch"[/caption] Born in Kiev, in Ukraine, Igor Kovalyov is a co-founder of the legendary studio Pilot School of Animation in Moscow. The studio brought together the most important Russian artists, including the animators from Klasky Csupo. In 1991 Kovalyov accepted the invitation to work at the studio Klasky Csupo in Hollywood and became the director of the first feature film there, The Rugrats Movie (1998). The artists also worked on the TV series Aaahh !!! Real Monsters (1994-1998), and directed commercials as well as short internet films. [caption id="attachment_16180" align="alignleft" width="259"] Kard z animacji / Still from animation "Hen, His Wife"[/caption] In Kovalyov`s films we can find surreal everyday situations, sometimes including fantasy elements. Limited dialogues encourage the viewers to focus on the characters` faces, which cannot be called attractive. The decision to call them ugly, or maybe rather stylized,  the director leaves to the viewer. He does the same with the interpretation of the stories.  

Izabela Plucińska

[caption id="attachment_16179" align="alignright" width="295"] Kard z animacji / Still from animation"7 more minutes"[/caption] Our compatriot Izabela Plucińska, on the other hand, specializes in clay animation. The artist was born in 1974 in Koszalin. She studied animation at the Film School in Lodz, graphics and design at the Academy of Fine Arts in the same city and also studied at the Film &Television Academy (HFF) “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam. From among numerous clay animations, her greatest success was the film Jam Session (2005), which won numerous awards, including the Silver Bear for a short film at the festival in Berlin. Currently, she resides in Berlin, where she runs her own production company Claytraces.   [caption id="attachment_16184" align="alignleft" width="343"] Kadr z animacji / Still from animation "Sexy Laundry"[/caption] In Plucińska`s productions we will also find neither carefully drawn characters nor neatly rendered landscapes we got used to watching in Disney`s productions. The worlds created by Plucińska in Esterhazy (2009) or Afternoon (2012) are more tangible, like the clay used to make them. The artist`s latest film, Portrait of Suzanne (Portret Suzanne, 2019) – a grotesque love story based on a short story by Roland Topor – will compete in this year`s festival competition in the ANIMA category.

”Farewells” cycle

This year’s edition of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima is taking place on 19-24 November in Krakow. November favours the reflection upon evanescence and death and that is why the program of the 26th edition of the festival comprises a unique cycle titled ”Farewells”.  The 26th Etiuda&Anima does not include screenings of short and feature animated films only. This year’s program comprises an in memoriam cycle ”Farewells”, too, which is dedicated to outstanding filmmakers who passed away last year. The cycle will present screenings of documentary films on the creative output of Agnes Varda (Varda by Agnès, 2019, dir. Agnes Varda), Bernardo Bertolucci (Bertolucci: No End Travelling, 2019, dir. Mario Sesti) and Franco Zeffirelli (Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life, 2017, dir. Chris Hunt).

Still from the movie "Varda by Agnès"
The premiere of, as it eventually turned out, farewell work titled Varda by Agnès took place in February 2019 at the international film festival in Berlin, a month before the death of the French artist. Varda treats the film, devised as a kind of visual autobiography, also as a documentation of her diverse activities. The artist linked to the French nouvelle vague always underlined that she was a photographer, director and performer all at once. With a sense of humour typical of her and not getting into unnecessary sentimentalism, a 90-year old Varda invites the viewers to a unique masterclass. She combines a journey through her artistic output with fragments of films, stage plays and gallery exhibitions, as well as interviews with actors and co-workers and her own commentaries.
Still from the movie "Bertolucci: No End Travelling"
Last year the world bid farewell to Bernardo Bertolucci, a master of Italian cinema. The author of a documentary Bertolucci: No End Travelling - Mario Sesti, a film critic and journalist, met with Bertolucci a number of times throughout a period of thirty years. Their discussions were published in ”L’espresso”, and recorded interviews were included in DVD editions of films The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers. A documentary No End Travelling, which had its premiere during this year`s Cannes festival, presents the last interview Sesti made with Bertolucci. It took place short before the director`s death, and it became a symbolic farewell to him. The Italian filmmaker brings back his nostalgic memories of the most important moments in his film career. He tells about the initial successes among the international critics, the collaboration with Marlon Brando, who played the main character in the controversial The Last Tango in Paris (1972), as well as the night of the Oscar gala when his The Last Emperor received the award for the best film (1987).
Still from the movie "Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life"
Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life, on the other hand, is an engaging documentary by a British author of television programs Chris Hunt. It is also a film epitaph to another filmmaker from sunny Italy, Franco Zeffirelli and a story of his life, art and inspirations. The Italian director, who died on 15 July, 2019, at the age of 96, became famous mostly for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays such as The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Othello (1986) or Hamlet (1990), as well as legendary operas including La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci.  Two years before Zeffirelli’s death, Hunt visited the director’s house in Rome, where he made numerous interviews with him and such personalities from the world of cinema, theatre and opera who collaborated with him as Placido Domingo, Robert Powell and Judi Dench. The documentary, which was additionally enriched with fragments of interviews, operas, films and stage plays of the Italian artist, portrays a true Reneissance man.

Feature animated films at the 26th IFF Etiuda&Anima

Program of the 26th Etiuda&Anima Festival is filled with film attractions to the brim. Apart from animated shorts included in the competition screenings, there will also be a lot of projections of feature length productions. Having our festival audience in mind, every year we present some extremely interesting, in our opinion, animated films of the last season. There’s something unique and special for everyone!

Still from the movie "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles"
Etiuda&Anima 2019 will provide our festival audience with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see some unconventional feature animated films. These productions have been presented at some of the most important foreign film festivals where they were praised by both the critics and the jury members granting prestigious film awards to them.
Still from the movie "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles"
Etiuda&Anima Festival, starting on 19 November, 2019 in Krakow, will be inaugurated with a festive presentation of a film titled Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (directed by Salvador Simo Busom), awarded at, among others, Malaga Film Festival. The animated adaptation of a comic book by Fermín Solís depicts the circumstances in which the Spanish director Luis Buñuel made the only documentary in his whole career – Land Without Bread from 1933. This colourful animation, inlaid with surreal motifs from Salvador Dali’s paintings, includes fragments of Buñuel’s original documentary. The whole constitutes an interesting alternative to the formula of biographical film. It is a must-see for all the experts in the history of cinema as well as the enthusiasts of the Spanish culture.
Still from the movie "The Swallows of Kabul"
This year’s Etiuda&Anima progam also includes The Swallows of Kabul (directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé Mévellec), presented at the Cannes Festival. The plot of this poetically narrated animation takes place in summer of 1998 in the capital of Afghanistan, soon after the Talib fundamentalists came to power there. It is a melodramatic story of two couples whose fates intertwine in tragic circumstances, told with the use of pastel colours tellingly contrasting with a sad reflection on the subject of an individual’s social and political enslavement.
Still from the movie "Ruben Brandt, Collector"
We also have an ideal animation for all the cinema lovers, admirers of fine arts and enthusiasts of psychoanalysis. Ruben Brandt, Collector (directed by Milorad Krstić) is a crime story taking place in the world of cubistic shapes which cleverly combines postmodern references to mass and the so-called high culture. The greater the knowledge about the above mentioned disciplines is, the more fun it is for a viewer!
Still from the movie "Ruben Brandt, Collector"
The 26th Etiuda&Anima does not only comprise feature films for adults. We remember about the youngest viewers, too. It is for them that we prepare, among others, the screenings of a Danish film Checkered Ninja (directed by Anders Matthesen and Thorbjørn Christoffersen), as well as the third part of children’s beloved film series about titular Lotte - Lotte and the Lost Dragons (directed by Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits).      

A Checkered Ninja

When Aske gets a Ninja doll from his Uncle Stewart after a trip to Thailand, he finds out that the doll is alive and can help him with problems at school. Aske wants to return the favour, but soon Aske learns that the checkered ninja is possessed and on a mission to have his revenge. Ternet Ninja / Ninja w kratkę / A Checkered Ninja Directed: Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Anders Matthesen Script: Anders Matthesen Sound: Oskar Skriver, Bo Asdal Andersen Produced by: A Film Production, Trine Heidegaard, Anders Mastrup Country: Dania Year: 2018 Running Time: 80 min.   24th November (Sunday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

You Are God

Upper Silesia, late 1990s. Piotr Łuszcz “The Magician” leaves the group Kaliber 44 due to artistic differences. Together with Wojciech ”Focus” Alszer and Sebastian ”Rahim” Salbert he creates a new group called Paktofonika. Jesteś Bogiem / You Are God Directed: Leszek Dawid Script: Maciej Pisuk Photos: Radosław Ładczuk Cast: Marcin Kowalczyk, Tomasz Schuchardt, Dawid Ogrodnik, Arkadiusz Jakubik Produced by: Studio Filmowe KADR Country: Polska Year: 2012 Running Time: 124 min.   21st November (Thursday), 7 p.m. Studio Club