"Fallen Art" Directed by Tomek Baginski
Tomorrow night those in Toronto will get to experience the first of three Worldwide Short Film Festival nights spotlighting Poland. Specifically, the evening will focus on animation from Warsaw based post-production company Platige Image.
Platige Image is an award winning film studio specializing in making commercials, advanced animations and special effects. Their list of clients is impressive and includes companies like LEGO, Duracell and Żubr beer. They have also worked on films like Lars Von Trier’s uber-controversial Antichrist and Polish epics Popiełuszko and Katyń. WSFF Festival Director Eileen Arandiga describes Platige Image as “…one of Poland’s most awarded and innovative animation houses, creating stunningly distinctive worlds that will amaze and inspire.”
"The Kinematograph " Directed by Tomek Baginski
The company has a roster of extremely talented and ambitious young directors and visual effects artists that have also created a vast number of critically acclaimed short films. Director Tomek Bagiński has already received two Oscar nominations for his shorts The Cathedral and Fallen Art. In this respect, one could almost consider Platige Image the young Polish equivalent of Hollywood’s Pixar (creators of the hugely popular Toy Story and WALL-E.)
Recently they contributed visual effects for this clever spot promoting the Polish Film Institute.
Specific film information for tomorrow night is included below. We hope to see you there. And if you are planning on attending join us for some pre-fest drinks starting at 7pm at Hemingways restaurant in Yorkville.
TOONING IN TO AN ANIMATED POLAND
WSFF spotlight on Poland: Platige Image
Cumberland Cinema, Thursday, June 3, 9:15 p.m.
THE CATHEDRAL (KATEDRA)
D: Tomek Baginski, Poland, 2002, 6 minutes, Animation
As a pilgrim wanders through the cavernous halls of an unfinished gothic cathedral, it simultaneously comes to life and decays, suggesting the marks we leave on the world are both ephemeral and permanent. Nominated for an Oscar.
THE GREAT ESCAPE
D: Damian Nenow, Poland, 2006, 6 minutes, Animation
Did you know that inside your TV, there’s a little speck of sunshine just bursting to get out?
FALLEN ART (SZTUKA SPADANIA)
D: Tomek Baginski, Poland, 2004, 6 minutes, Animation
On an anonymous military base, an army of expendable minions are pushed to their deaths so a psychotic general can get his rocks off when he reanimates their demise through photographs. Nominated for an Oscar.
TEACHING INFINITY (LEKCJA NIESKONCZONOSCI)
D: Jakub Jablonski, Bartlomiej Kik, Poland, 2008, 15 minutes, Animation
In this sumptuous animation, a woman and her robot companion land on a mysterious planet where they’re given a glimpse of infinity’s enveloping vastness by a pixie-like alien.
THE KINEMATOGRAPH (KINEMATOGRAF)
D: Tomek Baginski, Poland, 2009, 12 minutes, Animation
Based on a graphic novel by Mateusz Skutnik, this tenderly-rendered animation tells the tale of an inventor who toils in his laboratory night and day to marry sound and colour images, leaving no time for his beautiful and devoted wife. Screened at Venice 2009.
D: Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Poland, 2007, 8 minutes, Animation
After a virus has decimated the human race, the remaining survivors set sail in colossal tankers to uncharted waters and – hopefully – new beginnings. All is not as it seems in this reworking of the Noah’s Ark parable. Screened at Cannes Film Festival. Nominated for Palme d’Or.
D: Marcin Pazera, Poland, 2006, 7 minutes, Animation
In this ambient nightmare-scape, a desolate and dark industrial plant is home to a raging machine that occasionally creaks to life and goes on nihilistic rampages.
D: Michal Socha, Poland, 2008, 5 minutes, Animation
In this highly-stylized animation, a woman races home to primp and preen for the arrival of a beau. They wine, dine and get a little raunchy – but then what?
D: Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Poland, 2000, 6 minutes, Animation
After being salvaged from the scrap-heap, a female robot’s circuitry is fixed and she comes to life. Like a preying mantis, this robot has an interesting way of returning the favour.
"Teaching Infinity" Directed by Jakub Jablonski
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