Soon, the Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival will be held in Cracow. On 23-28 November 2015, you can admire short films of rebellious, young artists and animations of the greatest visionaries.

 

The festival consists of many competitions, the most famous and crowded are ETIUDA for the best short student film and ANIMA for the best animated short form.

Apart from the competitions, Etiuda&Anima presents a constant cycles of programs: live animation, classics of European animation, Central European fond footage, full-length animations, animation and documentary workshops.

During the cycle of animators’ self-portraits, the secrets of their techniques and creative process will be presented live by, for example, Quay brothers – the most prominent surrealists of contemporary cinema and Signe Baumane – Latvian, one of the world’s most famous representatives of women in animation. A person who will also come to the festival will be William Kentridge – South African experimenter of Jewish origin, who focuses on the form of a self-portrait and a palimpsest in his animations.  As every year, they will show the world the border between advertising and film: you will be encouraged to shop by Roy Andersson himself, and pre-war ads produced for the company Bata (Mariusz Goldfinch wrote on the phenomenon in essays called “Gottland”) will show us the power of commercial propaganda. Another creator, who will present himself in the series “Animators’ self-portraits” will be Kaspar Jancis. Hooligan of animated film from Estonia will show live, how he wrote his original movies.

Besides, you will see five best short films of the French New Wave chosen by professor Tadeusz Lubelski, making of the best Polish films of recent years, the selection of the most original short films of the Netherlands Film School (last year’s winner of the Special Golden Dinosaur for the best film school). 3D character animation workshops will be prepared bye Platige Image studio and by the official representative of Autodesk software.

One of the first winners of the IFF Etiuda&Anima – Marcin Wrona – died this year. During the evening dedicated to his memory, such films as “Czlowiek Magnes” (“Magnet Man”, school etude from 2001) and the latest full-length movie “Demon” will be shown.

Here are some movies presented at the Etiuda&Anima Festival in 2015:

“Street of Crocodiles”

(1987, directed by Timothy Ouay, Stephen Quay)

Masterpiece from Stephen and Timothy Quay, brilliant American animators.

 

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Street of Crocodiles is an adaptation of a story from the collection The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz, Polish writer of Jewish origin from Drohobych – a master in creating a dreamlike mood. This short animation was created in 1986 and today, it is considered as the crowning achievement of brothers’ work.
The film begins with the spit. In the provincial, abandoned museum, a curator approaches a dusty CRT. He lets a trickle of his saliva between cogs in the machine. Saliva enlivens the mechanism and objects hidden inside: dolls, screws, watches. The viewer, like a doll resembling Bruno Schulz itself, has witnessed remarkable transformations and metamorphoses occurring in this hidden world – mostly monochromatic, time-lapse and static.

  • Kadr z filmu "Ulica Krokodyli" 1987r.
  • Kadr z filmu "Ulica Krokodyli" 1987r.
  • Kadr z filmu "Ulica Krokodyli" 1987r.
 

“QUAY”

(2015, directed by Ch. Nolan)

A Polish première of Christopher Nolan’s short documentary will take place during the festival. Film tells the story about Quay brothers (“Quay”, USA 2015). The director shares a fascination which he has for surrealistic imagination of British animators.

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Stephen and Timothy Quay make films for over thirty years, using puppets and stop-motion animation. The world is charmed by their works. The love of detail, breathtaking colours and textures and unusual camera operation make the work of the Quay Brothers very unique and inimitable. Their most famous works include: Street of Crocodiles (1986) Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomy (1988), The Phantom Museum (2003), The Mask (2010). The Quay Brothers did also feature films with actors: Institute Benjamenta (1995) and The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2005). 

 

“Giovanni’s Island”

(“Giovanni no Shima”, 2014, directed by Mizuho Nishikubo)

 

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Giovanni’s Island is a story inspired by true events. The film is set just after the World War II and concerns a dispute between Japan and Russia about the Kurils archipelago, to which the island Shikotan belongs.

Japan loses the war with Russia. Two brothers, Junpei and Kant, live on the island of Shitokan. Their peaceful life is disrupted by the arrival of Russian troops on August 15, 1945. Together with their father, the commander of fireman group and grandfather-fisherman, they are forced to move to the stables, while the Russian commander’s family, among them the commander’s daughter Tanya, move into their house. In the ethnically divided school, the daughter of the commander and the other Russian kids begin to mingle with the Japanese children. On the playground, while playing, Tanya and Junpei bump into each other and become friends. Since that time, the two brothers have become frequent guests at the commandant’s house.

At the end of September 1947, the population of Japan must leave the island. Junpei and Kanta decide to leave, but their grandfather decides to stay on Shikotan and spend his last moments of life there. 56 years later, Junpei returns to Shikotan to and pay his respects at their graves. A ceremony commemorating the fate of the inhabitants of the island is held in his old school. Tanya’s granddaughter invites Junpei to dinner and hands him a sketchbook with drawing of his grandmother made by the Japanese. In return, Junpei gives her his old copy of the Kenji Miyazawa book – Night on the Galactic Railroad. The storyline of Giovanni’s Island repeatedly refers to the novel of Miyazawa. The film’s title comes from the name of the Night on the Galactic Railroad protagonist – Giovanni.