Grzegorz Koncewicz

A graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Departmenty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw, he made his debut with the film “Exit”, which was included in the Filmoteka Szkolna (School Film Library) package.

He worked on many animated and feature films as a director, screenwriter, and production manager - mainly in the productions of Serafiński Studio Graficzno-Filmowe (Serafiński Graphic and Film Studio).

Daria Godyń

She graduated from Jan Matejko Secondary School of Fine Arts in Nowy Wiśnicz, where she attended the Artistic Fabrics Studio, and later from the Faculty of Graphics at Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. She received her diploma from the Animated Film Studio.

She is the author of animations titled "Substance" (Substancja, 2016), “Gourmet” (Smakosz, 2017), Millenium (2020). She founded a graphic studio focused on animation - Framesquad studio, and collaborates with the Krakow Animation Center. She works with animated films, narrative drawing and photography.

Maya Yadlin

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 8.4.92. From 2009 – 2010, she studied cinema and literature in ”Hadarim high school” and worked at many film sets. From 2014 – 2019 she was a student in “Minshar school of art” in Tel Aviv. Since 2014 she has been working as a freelancer editor. Most of her films are about her family and she plays in them along with her real family members. Her first short film, made at the third year in “Minshar” (2019), was “Fine” which participated in many festivals around the world including Warsaw Film Festival, Filmschoolfest Munich- where it was awarded as the “most original film” + ” the audience's favorite”, and Yadlin herself was nominated as a member of the jury the year after.

Her graduation short film in 2020, “As You Like”, was sponsored by “Rabinovich Foundation" and premiered at "Show Me Shorts Film Festival", New Zealand. In 2021 she directed and wrote the short film “Killing ourselves”, sponsored by “Gesher Film Foundation” and is going to be premiered at “Arava International Film Festival”. In addition, during her studies she produced a number of films for her classmates and made some more short and experimental films, which won several prizes. Today she is filming a short film “Khachapuri Tutorial”, sponsored by “The New Fund for Cinema and TV” and she is writing her feature film. In 2020 she received Grand Prix of the IFF Etiuda&Anima in ETIUDA competition.

Death in Venice

The main protagonist of Thomas Mann's short story is Gustav von Aschenbach - a writer going through a creative crisis. In search of new stimuli, he goes to Venice - a city he knows well, which he has not visited for a long time, though. There, on the beach, he meets a teenage boy from Poland, Tadzio, who is on vacation with his mother. Fascinated with the boy’s beauty, the writer loses control of himself completely. Despite the plague in the city, he decides not to leave Venice. Thomas Mann's short story inspired Visconti to tell the story of passing – both of an individual as well as of the entire epoch.

© WBEI 1971

Death in Venice | Morte a Venezia | Śmierć w Wenecji

Directed by: Luchino Visconti
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Marisa Berenson, Björn Andresen, Silvana Mangano
Country: France, Italy
Year: 1971
Running time: 130 min.


November 21, 2021 - 3:30 PM
Kijów Cinema: Large Screening Room - FREE ADMISSION

Sale of the Passes for 28th International Film…

Starting today, you can buy tickets for the 28th Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival, which will take place on November 16-21, 2021. This year's Etiuda & Anima will propose a hybrid version of the event, and on-line film screenings will enable people from all over Poland to participate in the event.

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The pandemic reality in which we still live has accustomed us to cultural events implemented in hybrid versions or completely transferred to the Internet. Also the 28th Etiuda & Anima will be held mostly on-line. The organizers of this year's edition do not give up the traditional form of the event. They want to meet the festival's participants on November 16 during the ceremonial inauguration at the Kijów Centrum cinema in Krakow at the screening of the animated film My Sunny Maad (2021, dir. Michaela Pavlátová). The film premiered at this year's Annecy festival and tells the story of a Czech woman named Herra who, after marrying an Afghan Nazir, moves to his homeland, trying to assimilate into post-Taliban Afghanistan. The opening gala of the festival and the film My Sunny Maad will also be available online.

Photo from animation "My Sunny Maad"

The focal point of Etiuda & Anima are invariably the two title international competitions: Etiuda, for the best student short film, in which participants compete for the prestigious Golden, Silver and Bronze Dinosaur statuettes, and Anima, the competition of animation creators for Golden, Silver and Bronze Jabberwocks. This year's competition includes films by students and professional filmmakers made in the years 2019-2021. The films competing for the awards will be available online on the streaming platform both for viewers from all over Poland and for jurors, who will also give their awards in this mode. Competition screenings will also be accompanied by online Q&A meetings with filmmakers, jurors and guests who will participate in the festival from a distance.

This year's competition-related events include, among others presentations of other festivals and selected European schools. This year we will look at Dutch and Spanish animation, and the programs will be prepared by partner festivals: the Kaboom Animation Festival taking place in the Netherlands and the Spanish Animac Film Festival. 28. Etiuda & Anima will also present the 10 best Hungarian short films from the last 20 years, selected by Geza M. Toth, a recognized Hungarian animator.

As part of the 28th Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival, it will also be possible to recall experimental animated films by artists from the Antoniszczak family - Ryszard and Julian (known under the abbreviated name Antonisz) - and the Chrzanowski family; Andrei and Ilya, whose famous feature film DAU. Natasha (2020) was included in the program of the Etiuda & Anima 2021 festival.

Photo from animation "Even mice go to heaven"

In addition to short competition animations, the participants of the 28th Etiuda & Anima will have a unique opportunity to watch full-length animated films of the last season, which were shown at the most important foreign film festivals. The organizers of the festival also remember about the youngest viewers, which is why they invite all children to educational animations entitled Even mice go to heaven (2021, dir. Jan Bubeníček, Denisa Grimmová), and the Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary (2020, dir. Rémi Chayé). We invite you to the screenings of both films on Tuesday, November 16 at the Kijów Centrum cinema in Krakow.

This year's program also includes animation workshops for adults and children, which will be held stationary. Ecological workshops for the youngest will be conducted by Daria Godyń. The issues of eco will also be the main idea of ​​the masterclass panel entitled How to organize an ecological festival? During this year's edition of the festival, the results of the art competition of students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, entitled "Photographic memory". The screening of films will be accompanied by a lecture.

Etiuda & Anima 2021 will remind the figures of outstanding filmmakers who died last year. In the nostalgic series of "Farewells" there will be screenings of documents dedicated to film achievements, among others a respected director from South Korea, Kim Ki-Duk, representative of the Czech film school Jiři Menzel or Ivan Passer, representative of the Czechoslovak New Wave of the 1960s.

Photo from animation "The most beautiful boy in the world"

The organizers of the 28th Etiuda & Anima Festival would also like to honor the memory of Alicja Helman, the doyen of Polish film studies, who died in February this year. On this occasion, Krakow's Kijów Centrum cinema will screen one of the films most appreciated by Professor Helman - Death in Venice (1971), directed by Luchin Visconti. The screening of the legendary adaptation of the novel by Thomas Mann will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary The most beautiful boy in the world (2021, dir. Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri). The documentary tells the story of Björn Andresen, who as a 15-year-old boy starred in the film by the Italian master.

The closing gala of the 28th Etiuda & Anima, during which we will know the lucky winners of all competitions, will be held on Sunday, November 21 at the Kijów Centrum cinema. After the official part, the screenings of all awarded films of Etiuda & Anima 2021 will begin. The gala broadcasts and screenings of the winning films will also be available to watch online on the streaming platform.

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The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

In 1970, Luchino Visconti was travelling to many countries in search of a young  boy who could play the role of Tadzio in the adaptation of "Death in Venice ” by Thomas Mann. Visconti was already exhausted and discouraged by this long and ineffective search. He participated in over 150 auditions, and finally, after the casting in Stockholm, he hired 15-year-old Björn Andresen. A year later, during the premiere of the film in London, Visconti hailed his actor "the most beautiful boy in the world" in the presence of Queen Elizabeth. A few months afterwards, during the Cannes Film Festival, a music agent invited Björn to Japan, where he became the first western pop star, starring in photo shoots and in commercials. Visconti's nickname stuck to Björn for the rest of his life and became his curse. Today, half a century later, Björn struggles with addictions and his inner demons. He discovers the secret of his mother and her sudden departure. He also continues his film career, playing, among others, in the horror film "Midsummer".

"The Most Beautiful Boy in the World" is an intimate portrait of a person who is trying to come to terms with the past and regain control of his life. It also shows the backstage work on the production of the legendary Visconti’s film and reveals the power structures in the film industry as well as the processes of exploitation that are widely discussed today thanks to the #metoo movement.

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The Most Beautiful Boy in the World / Världens vackraste pojke / Najpiękniejszy chłopiec na świecie

Directed by: Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri
Photos: Erik Vallsten
Production: Stina Gardell, Mantaray Film
Country: Sweden
Year: 2021
Running time: 93 min.


November 21, 2021 - 1:30 PM
Kijów Cinema: Large Screening Room + VOD

Julia Orlik

A graduate of the Lodz Film School with specialization in animated film and special effects. Born in Katowice on February 10, 1996, at present she’s a resident of Krupski Młyn, where all her time-lapse films were made in her family garage. In addition to animation, she is also interested in bloody special effects, film make-up and conducting film workshops with children and teenagers.

She is the author of the films Banquet (Bankiet, 2016), My strange older brother (Mój dziwny starszy brat, 2018) and Quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum videtur (2019), which have been shown and awarded at film festivals in Poland and abroad. Her last etude I'm here (Jestem tutaj, 2020) was shortlisted for the GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards 2021, and has won, among others, Golden Dove at the DOK Lepizig Festival, Grand Prix at the "Etiuda & Anima" International Film Festival, the award for the best animation at the Animafest Zagreb festival and at the Anifilm festival in the Czech Republic and many others.

Ilya Khrzhanovsky

Ilya Khrzhanovsky is a film director, creative producer, member of the European Film Academy.

In 2004 his debut film "4" was released. The film won awards, including Golden Cactus for uncompromising art and Golden Tiger for best film at Rotterdam film festival, prizes for best director at Buenos Aires and Athens film festivals, Grand Prix at Seattle and Transylvania film festivals and others. The film "4" was nominated for the "Discovery of the Year" award of the European Film Academy.

DAU is his second project. It is a multidisciplinary project that combines film, art and anthropology. The project premiered in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la Ville in 2019. At the same time an exhibition-installation on the DAU project opened at the Centre Pompidou.

The project's two films "DAU. Natasha" and "DAU. Degeneration" were included in the official program of Berlinale 2020. The film "DAU. Degeneration" topped the rating of the international film critics' community at the Berlinale, and cameraman Jürgen Jürges received the Silver Bear with "Outstanding Achievement in Film Art" for "DAU. Natasha".

My Sunny Maad

When Herra, a Czech woman, falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan, she has no idea about the life that awaits her in post-Taliban Afghanistan, nor about the family she is about to join. A grandfather who is a feminist, an adopted young boy who astounds with his intellect, and Freshta who will do anything to run away from her abusive husband. Like the other women in the family, Herra wears a burka and hides in a closet when guests arrive. Soon she starts a new job with American woman, Heidi, who has little understanding of the way women live in Afghanistan, and even less that not everybody wants to be saved by Westerners.

My Sunny Maad is the feature animated debut directed by Michaela Pavlátová.

My Sunny Maad / Moje Slunce Maad

Directed by: Michaela Pavlátová
Production: Negativ Film Productions, Sacrebleu Productions, Bfilm, Czech TV
Country: Czech Republic, France, Slovakia
Year: 2021
Running time: 80 min.


November 16, 2021 - 20 PM
Kijów Cinema: Large Screening Room + VOD

Even Mice Belong to Heaven

A story about two mortal enemies – a little mouse and a fox, who after an unfortunate accident, meet in animal heaven. They lose their natural instincts and become best friends. Their wish to stay together after they return to earth comes true, but they are reborn into opposite roles. The film is about hope, a quest for love and courage, and about overcoming prejudices and old pains. Thanks to the power of friendship they can even overcome what seems to be impossible.

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Even Mice Belong to Heaven / Nawet myszy idą do nieba

Directed by: Jan Bubeniček, Denisa Grimmova
Production: Les films du Cygne, CinemArt, Animoon, Łódź Miasto Kultury, CANAL +
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France, Slovakia
Year: 2021
Running time: 87 min.


November 16, 2021 - 9:30 AM
Kijów Cinema: Large Screening Room

November 21, 2021 - 11 AM
Kijów Cinema: Large Screening Room + VOD

The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks

Nose by Nikolai Gogol. And an Opera The Nose upon Gogol’s novel, that was created in 1930 by the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. This film is dedicated to the pioneers, the groundbreakers in art. To the people who were ahead of their time. And who were, most importantly, brave enough to go against the current. For this, they had to pay the price of their own welfare, and often even their life. The main characters of the film are writers Nikolai Gogol and Mikhail Bulgakov, director Vsevolod Meyerhold and composer Dmitry Shostakovich.

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The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks / Nos lub spisek odmieńców

Directed by: Andrey Khrzhanovsky
Screenplay: Yury Arabov, Andrey Khrzhanovsky
Photos: Jürgen Jürges
Art-director Marina Azizyan, Alexandra Pavlova, Alexander Khramtsov, VaryaYakovleva
Production: Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Shar Studio
Technique: drawing, cut-outs, live-action, documentary
Country: Poland
Year: 2020
Running time: 89 min.


The Khrzhanovskiy family - The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks
November 20, 2021 - 8 PM

DAU. Natasha

The first part of the monumental, total work by Ilya Khrzhanovsky is an introduction to the DAU world constructed with incredible scale while also being precise in the tiniest of details. The shocking and entrancing film traps characters and audiences in its protracted shots to tell the story of a lonely canteen manager in a city-sized institution sealed off to the outside world. The plot runs its course over several days in 1952 during which Khrzhanovsky makes us witness the dramatic entanglements of the titular heroine. The camera (shot on 35mm film!) is akin to a spy, never taking its eyes off Natasha, as she slings food, flirts, holds drunken conversations, is stabbed by a young assistant, or has sex. She is totally unaware that her banal dreams of love and her minor transgressions in the canteen are being consumed by absolute totalitarian power. DAU reveals that power's mechanisms.

Berlin IFF 2020 - Silver Berlin Bear - Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Jürgen Jürges)

DAU Natasha / DAU. Natasza

Directed by: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel
Screenplay: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy
Photos: Jürgen Jürges
Cast: Natalia Berezhnaya, Olga Shkabarnya, Vladimir Azhippo, Alexei Blinov
Production: Phenomen Ukraine, Phenomen Films, Phenomen Berlin, Filmproduktions
Country: Germany, Ukraine, UK, Russia
Year: 2020
Running time: 138 min.


The Khrzhanovskiy family - DAU. Natasha
November 16, 2021 - 4 PM
Kijów Cinema: Large Screening Room + VOD