Shortly in Europe

The serie “Europe in the short film” has just started. Yesterday we saw the Polish short films, created with the support of the Munk Studio. (more…)

Last Tribute to Marcin Wrona

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.

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“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

interview Marcin, Magnet Man (2001), Demon (2015)

Malopolska Garden of Arts - Small Screening Room 23rd November (Monday) at 5 p.m.

ASIFA Prize 2014 for William Kentridge

Ceremony of presenting the award

The International Animated Film Association (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) annually presents its ASIFA Prize for outstanding achievements in the art of animation. Established in 1985, the ASIFA Prize is conferred to greatest living artists and the most influential figures in world animation. In its 30-year history, the ASIFA prize has been presented to the likes of John Halas (1986), Karel Zeman (1987), Fyodor Khitruk (1989), Daniel Szczechura (1990), Jan Švankmajer (1990), Yoji Kuri (1993), Paul Driessen (1994), Te Wei (1995), the Quay brothers (1998), Priit Pärn (2001), Raoul Servais (2004), Normand Roger (2006), Borivoj Dovniković Bordo (2011), Bruno Bozzetto (2012), and Joanna Quinn (2013). This valuable trophy, which takes the shape of the work of an artist representing the international animation community, is traditionally awarded on one of the major global animation festivals. On numerous occasions it was presented during the festivals in Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Varna, Ottawa and Espinho. ASIFA Prize 2014 for the first time will be awarded in Poland, during the Etiuda&Anima festival. By the decision of the ASIFA Board, this year’s laureate will be a man of many talents, active on many fronts, the most eminent artist from the Republic of South Africa, William Kentridge.

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Born in 1955, in a family of Polish-Lithuanian Jews, Kentridge has experience as an actor, theatre and film director, director of opera spectacles and scenographer; however, first and foremost, he is a visual artist, author of drawings and prints, as well as animated films, which are created in conjunction with his visual exploits. He is recognized as an artist with a vast cultural background. Often compared to Buster Keaton and Georges Méliès, his works also exhibit traits of European Dadaism and expressionism and show inspiration from George Grosz, Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, as well as African art, which can easily be attributed to his African studies at the University of Witwatersrand. Kentridge himself particularly emphasizes the influence of: Jeana-Antoine Watteau, William Hogarth, Francis Bacon, Ėduard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Samuel Beckett and Vladimir Mayakovsky.

His path to visual arts and animations was roundabout and, among others, led him through theatre studies at L’Ėcole Internationale de Theèâre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. As Kentridge admitted himself: ‘I failed at painting, I failed at acting, I failed at film making, so I discovered at the age of 30 that I was back making drawings’. His path to film animation was paved with charcoal drawings, which, as he emphasizes, offer the ability to quickly reproduce the though process involved in creating a film. Throughout 1989-2003, a time crucial for his animation career, Kentridge created 9 shorts forming a cycle under the common title of 9 Drawings for Projections. The technique employed in the making of these films consisted in drawing with charcoal on large sheets of thick paper, then erasing and redrawing successive images on the same sheet.

Kentridge is known for screenings of his films on many festivals, but owes his world renown primarily to exhibitions in prestigious museums and art galleries. He was featured as part of the Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany (1997, 2003 and 2012), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York (1998, 2010), the Albertina museum in Vienna (2010), Jeu de Paume Gallery in Paris (2010), as well as the Louvre (2010) where he presented Carnets d’Egypte, a project conceived specifically for the Egyptian Room.

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In the recent years, much of his time was also devoted to opera. In 2011, his production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute was presented at the de la Monnaie theatre in Brussels, Festival d’Aix in France and the La Scala opera in Milan. His staging of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose was featured in the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2010 and 2013. However, Kentridge did not remain idle on other fronts: in 2012 he presented a 5-channel video and sound installation The Refusal of Time on the Documenta (13) exhibition in Kassel. Since then the installation was displayed in the MAXXI museum in Rome, in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, as well as other cities including Boston, Perth, Kyoto, Helsinki and Wellington. A major survey exhibition of Kentridge’s works was organized in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 to be later moved to Porto Alegre, Sao Paolo, Bogota, Medellin and Mexico. Schubert’s Winter Journey song cycle in Kentridge’s interpretation was presented in 2014 on the festival in Vienna, Festival d’Aix and during the Holland Festival. Since then, the Winter Journey arranged by Kentridge was performed in the Lincoln Center in New York, Petersburg, Moscow and other European cities. Paper Music, a projection with live music by Philip Miller, premiered in Florence in September 2014. It was also presented in the Carnegie Hall in New York a month later. Alban Berg’s opera, Lulu, directed by Kentridge premiered this summer in Amsterdam and will feature in the repertoire of the Metropolitan Opera in New York in November. In November 2016, Lulu will travel to the English National Opera in London. It would be a near impossible task to name all the artistic initiatives Kentridge has been involved in – his agenda is so tightly packed that it should come as no surprise that he will be staying in Kraków for merely 30 hours arriving from Salzburg, where is preparing another exhibition, to leave for Johannesburg the next day.

In 2010, Kentridge was awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize for his contribution to art and philosophy. In 2011, he was inducted honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and received the degree of Doctor of Literature honoris causa from the University of London. In 2012, Kentridge presented a series of lectures during the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at the Harvard University. He was appointed member of the American Philosophical Society and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In the same year the Tel Aviv University awarded him the Dan David Prize, and he was named as Commandeur des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. In 2013, William Kentridge was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by Yale University and in 2014 the Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Cape Town. In 2015, Kentridge was elected as Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London. On 23 November 2015 this wealth of prizes and awards will be joined by the ASIFA Prize 2014, this time made by the world-renowned prof. Jerzy Kucia – winner of ASIFA Prize 2015 presented in Espinho, Portugal.

22. IFF Etiuda&Anima Inauguration + ASIFA Prize for William Kentridge

Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room November 23th (Monday), 8 p.m.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE. HOW WE MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD

Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room 24th November (Tuesday), 7 p.m.

Welcome to the 22nd International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima…

Ladies and Gentlemen,

the 22nd edition of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima 2015 will be inaugurated by an exceptional event. For the first time in history Poland will host the award ceremony for the annual award of the International Animated Film Association (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation), the ASIFA Prize. For the year 2014, the prize will be presented to William Kentridge, a very versatile artist of world renown from the Republic of South Africa. As you see, the festival will start on a very high note and we hope to keep you on your toes until its very last event.

What can you expect during the festival, what events can you participate in? Before inviting you to participate in etude and animation competitions, we will first say farewell to one of the most influential contributors to our festival in its entire 20-year history. The unexpected departure of Marcin Wrona has left the entire Polish film community in sorrow, but also made its painful mark on our festival as Marcin was among those who could say about themselves that ‘the festival Etiuda got stuck very much (…) in my biography; (…) it all began here’.

At the core of our programme there are 7 screenings of etudes and 6 of animated shorts, a total of 100 productions, all competing for awards. These will be judged by two official jury boards, the FICC jury and two separate student juries. This year, as before, we also hope to see the Artistic Director of the Festival give out his special award, the Great (Un)Appreciated. The annual Special Golden Dinosaur Award, whose winners are already known at the opening of our festival, will be presented, yet again, to two pedagogues from the Lodz Film School. This year, the winners are Mirosław Dembiński and Maciej J. Drygas for their international initiatives in the art of documentary filmmaking – World from Dawn till Dusk (Świat od świtu do zmierzchu) and Young People about Themselves (Młodzi o młodych).

The ample selection of fringe events accompanying both competitions will again encompass tried and proven points in the programme. Kaspar Jancis, an animator and musician from Estonia, the frontman of Criminal Elephant (Kriminaalne Elevant), not unfamiliar to the audience of E&A, will tell us more about himself in Self-Portraits of Animation Authors cycle. Self-Portraits will also feature an American artist of Latvian descent, Signe Baumane, whose Rocks in my Pockets were part of last year’s edition of the festival. We will also be presenting a somewhat in absentia appearance of brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay, who were forced to cancel their arrival at the 11th hour. Their work will, however, be presented by a great admirer of theirs, Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception), who took it upon himself to popularize the Quays’ work in the USA and agreed to screen a set of their films on our festival, as well as a documentary of his making on condition that a 35 mm film is used.

As part of fixed points in our programme, prof. Tadeusz Lubelski will showcase the second 5 best short films from the French New Wave. We will also be presenting the best film school from the previous festival, Nederlandse Filmacademie, and the most exciting animated films from the last season: Little from the Fish Shop (Malá z rybárny) by Jan Balej, Little Houdini by Cédric Babouche and Giovanni’s Island (Giovanni no Shima) by Mizuho Nishikubo. Among the full feature animation films we will also be showing Journey To Melonia (Resan till Melonia) by the Swedish children’s animation classic, Per Ahlin. The screening will be accompanied by a set of Swedish animations compiled by Midhat Ayan Ajanovic to mark the 100th  anniversary of this art in Sweden.

Other remarkable events in our programme include: Animation in the World showing films from Europe and South America: countries from the Visegrád Group, as well as from France, Brazil and Columbia, and 5 sets from Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Romania all gathered under one banner – Europe in Short Film.

 To supplement the off-competition programme, we would like to name two meetings devoted to the success of Baby Bump by Jakub Czekaj, our last year’s laureate, at the Venice International Film Festival; the screening of the Slovakia 2.0 (Slovensko 2.0) series; evening with the commercials of Swedish director Roy Andersson; as well as commercials and propaganda documentaries produced for the famous shoe company, Bata. This year’s music and film events involve the screening of the Spanish silent film Snow White (Blancanieves) by Pablo Berger with live Miss God music, and yet another cosmic and visual exploration brought to you by Andrzej Bronikowski with music by Paweł Kaczmarczyk.

Concluding this edition of the festival will be meetings with the originators and organizers of the International Philosophy Film Festival which has been organized in Krakow for 10 years running and a discussion on the migration issues currently facing Europe. This point will be preceded by the screening of a prophetic film made nearly a quarter century ago, winner of the 1992 Golden Dragon, Europe under Siege (Flugten til Europa) by Poul-Eric Heilbuth and Hans Bülow. To those of you more interested in practical aspects, we recommend the Animation Forum, put together by the Animation Department of the Association of Polish Filmmakers and the Organization Office of IFF Etiuda&Anima, and workshops tailored for children and professionals alike. When welcoming you on the opening of the 22nd International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima 2015, we would like to take this opportunity to express our utmost gratitude to all those who in any way have contributed to this year’s event.

Directors of the festival,

Katarzyna Surmacz Bogusław Zmudziński

 

Time to start the Festival!

Etiuda&Anima in Cracow is one of the most important festivals of Polish new cinema. Energy, freshness, innovativeness, invention – six days of festival is going to be an explosion of talents from all around the world. We are going to see hundreds of movies – animations, documentaries and feature films, outlining new directions for cinema, like Kuba Czekaj’s Baby Bump, awarded at this year’s Film Festival in Venice.

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The Festival is a great opportunity to meet both mature, experienced artists and debutants. We are going to see Signe Baumane, Kaspar Jancis, Cecilia Traslaviña González, Teresa Glad, Maciej Dygas and Mirosław Dembiński. With us in spirit there are going to be also Timothy and Stephen Quay and Christopher Nolan, author of the documentary about Brothers’ output. William Kantridge are going to be our special quest – he is going to receive prestigious ASIFA award on the first day of Etiuda&Anima Festival.

Despite the gloomy November weather outside, we are going to travel to hot places of our planet – we are going to visit animated Brazil (Between Frames. The Art of Brazilian Animation) and Colombia (Colombian animations by professionals and by students), documentary Istanbul, Kolkata and Baku (serie World from Dawn till Dusk). We are going to glance at Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Romania (Europe in Shorts) and Netherlands (Netherlandse Filmacademie etudes). We are also going to discover Sweden as we have never known it with Journey to Melonia, screenings of Swedish animation (Hundred years of Swedish animation) and Roy Andersson’s commercials. We are also going to drop by Japan (Giovanni’s Island) and by our neighbours from South (Little from the Fish Shop).

During the festival we are going to get some musical and visual experiences from Miss071 PILTS 001 God (screening of Snow White with live music), collective SIBIGA, Andrzej Jacek Bronikowski and pianist Paweł Kaczmarczyk (Galactic Meander).

Etiuda&Anima makes also a great opportunity to participate very useful and interesting workshops: professional 3D animation workshops arranged in cooperation with Autodesk, CadSoft and Platige Image; Baby Bump or how to make a film in a year – case study with Kuba Czekaj’s movie producers; Hee Hee Hatty workshops for children.

Find a detailed programme of E&A 2015: http://etiudaandanima.com/program/

Animation of illusion – Houdini

Who among us does not like magic tricks. Bring your little ones and come to Malopolski Ogród Sztuk for an animated illusion show - Cédric Babouche's Houdini.

Little Houdini is the story of one of the most famous illusionists in history, Harry Houdini (1874-1926). Houdini (born Erik Weisz) was the son of a Jewish rabbi who emigrated with his family from Hungary to the USA. In his new homeland, the young Erik, now called “Harry” by his friends, embarked on the career of an illusionist. Initially he focused on traditional card tricks, but soon he became famous as a spectacular escape artist: he freed himself from handcuffs, chains, ropes, straitjackets, tightly locked boxes.

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The film tells the story of the childhood of the “Handcuff King”. The 12-year old Harry, who is already fascinated with magic, lives with his parents in the town of Appleton where he perfects his tricks. One day he sings up for a big competition organized by the mayor of New York to inaugurate the Statue of Liberty. There he meets the great “mage”, Tesla…

Little Houdini takes us on a fascinating journey through the world at the end of the 19th century, where illusion blends with intellect, and science with magic. With a steampunk touch, Babouche presents the fate of an artist who became the supreme role-model for magicians, gained countless followers and manages to inspire illusionists to date. Apart from Houdini, Babouche’s movie also features another eminent person from that time, Nikola Tesla, a brilliant inventor known for his creative approach to electricity.

Cédric Babouche is among the most talented young animators in Europe. His 12-minute short, Imago, which merges watercolors with 2D and 3D animations, was met with enthusiastic reception and was screened on over 110 film festivals, winning two awards on the Cannes Film Festival. Since 2007, he has been the artistic director of DANDELOOO, where he is responsible for film projects, among others, Little Houdini.


Little Houdini (reż. Cédric Babouche, France 2014, 52’)

Malopolska Garden of Arts (large screening room) 26th November (Thursday), 10 a.m.