After months of planning and collaborating, we’re excited to finally tell you about an exhibition we have put together along with the Polish Consulate in Toronto and the Film Museum in Łódź.
On September 1st, 2011 the cinematic world of Krzysztof Kieślowski (director of such masterpieces as Oscar nominated the Three Colours Trilogy, Decalogue and The Double Life of Véronique) is coming to Toronto.
The collection consists of film posters from countries such as: Spain, Italy, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Poland. Its travelled the world and in September will debut in Canada during the Toronto International Film Festival.
On loan from the Film Museum in Łódź for a limited engagement in the epicenter of Toronto’s film festival action, the exhibition will be on display at the Steam Whistle Gallery from September 1-10 and subsequently at the Metro Hall Rotunda from September 12-17. Admission is free.
Anyone with an appreciation for stunning classic and retro movie posters is invited to view the exhibition and attend the opening reception on Wednesday, August 31 from 7pm – 11pm at Steam Whistle Gallery.
A few weeks ago, 4000 representatives from the tourism industry from all over the world gathered in Germany for ITB Berlin – the largest tourist fair in the world.
The host of this year’s edition was Poland (or more specifically the Polish Tourist Organization).
In light of its upcoming presidency of the European Council and before the Euro 2012 tournament it wanted to create a splash with an innovative campaign.
The company entrusted with this was Platige Image; the Warsaw based Film Studio that we have written about numerous times.
Oscar nominated Tomek Bagiński, a self-taught illustrator, animator and director headed up a team which included: Marcin Kobylecki, Jakub Jabłoński, Rafał Wojtunik, Damian Nenow and Bartłomiej Kik.
The result was the “Move Your Imagination” campaign – a five film animated journey that emphasizes Polish culture, nature, active pastimes, preparations for Euro 2012 and dance.
Have a look and let us know if you think they are a HIT or MISS.
UEFA EURO 2012
DIRECTOR: Tomek Bagiński
“The new film directed by Tomek Bagiński promotes Polish preparations to European championships that will take place next year. It was done in 3D stereo.
In the middle of concrete desert, there’s a fit man who starts spectacular dance. As the result the space around him changes. Huge pillars, spans – the elements of National Stadium in Warsaw are built. We also see other Polish stadiums that will host EURO 2012.” Platige Image
Here is the TRAILER which includes elements from all five films of the entire campaign. You can check out each film at the Platige Image website.
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PETA (thePeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is notorious for using controversial ads to promote animal rights. Their “I’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur” campaign, although provocative, is fairly tame compared to some of their more shocking marketing tactics.
Not so long ago, Polish supermodel Joanna Krupa, took part in this PETA campaign that raised the ire of United States based Catholic League and its President Bill Donohue.
With relation to these ads Mr. Donohue said that PETA:
… has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services.
In response Joanna Krupa said:
As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of. I’m doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God’s creation.
And in another interview she added:
I was born in Europe, and Europeans have a more casual, natural way of dealing with nudity.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that the religious iconagraphy is there to stir controversy. But is this totally inappropriate or does it serve a greater purpose? What do you think?
On August 9, 2008 an anonymous person posted a video on YouTube called “Alligator Attack in ILLINOIS!” The two minute video showcases a Polish-American man, in a kayak with several pieces of raw of chicken. We soon find out the chicken is intended as a snack for an alligator lazily chilling at the shore of a swamp.
The man enthousiastically says, “I’m gonna give’em a chee-kan” as he steers the kayak with one hand and video tapes the action for his ‘szwagier’ (brother-in-law) with the other. Upon finally getting a good glimpse of the alligator the man proclaims that he’s a ‘forfiter’ (referring to the four-foot length of the reptile).
But when he finally throws the “chee-kan” into the water, the video takes a turn that will leave you howling. So without further ado, here’s Mr. Forfiter…
Since being posted, the video has gone viral and become an internet sensation. Soon after, various spoofs of the video started showing up; one of the best is this Jaws one:
The Warsaw Zoo has named two of their alligators Forfiter and Franca and they are using the forfiter “brand” to raise money for the alligators’ sanctuary. There are now Forfiter parties, conferences, mix tapes and tributes. There was even a campaign to get Forfiter elected as the President of Poland .
This past Saturday, the popular Polish morning show ‘Dzien Dobry TVN’ put the call out asking for the author of the video to come forward as they would like to interview them.
All this has happened with the man behind the video remaining anonymous and possibly not even realizing that the video he shot, that one afternoon, in a swamp, has become one of the funniest and biggest sensations around.