Camera Café, ul. Lipowa 14 lok. 11
Competition for the best short animation – directed to Polish filmmakers!
Competition (100′, 16+)
CZEKAJ NA MNIE WE ŚNIE
WAIT FOR ME IN A DREAM
director: Natalia Durszewicz
Poland, 2023, 15’
A poetic story about an elderly married couple shown with the use of painterly animation. Isolated from the world and condemned to loneliness, Bronka and Zygfryd experience a slow defragmentation of their reality caused by the woman’s illness and the adversities associated with it. On their final journey, they experience moments of regret, pain and even repulsion. However, for all their worth they try to remember the love that used to last between them.
director: Andrzej Jobczyk
music: Jakub Słomkowski, Rafał Smoliński
Poland, 2021, 8’
Airborne is a surreal animation that connects the world of flying machines with the kingdom of flora and fauna. Engrossed in the fight, airplane pilot loses his target which leads to tragedy. The plane crashes into the crown of a tree. The tragedy that seems to be the end opens a new stage in history. In the place of the accident, a new life is awakened and now it has to solve the mystery of its origin. Airborne is a story about passion, its roots and tells us what we have to lose to be born again.
W LESIE SĄ LUDZIE
THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE FOREST
director: Szymon Ruczyński
Poland, 2023, 10’
A lonely man limps down the road. A truck drives up to him. Several armed men jump out of it. They capture the limping man and transport him to the forest. The only witnesses of the scene are people from a nearby village. Since 2021, situations like these are commonplace on the Polish-Belarussian border of the EU, which is the scene of an ongoing refugee crisis.
An animated documentary whose creator happens to live in a town by the border.
directors: Ala Nunu, Sophie Colfer
Poland, 2023, 9’
Film is about the journey that one girl takes to remember someone who she has forgotten. She is confronted with an image of her lost mother in the form of a stone that bears her face. When it is swallowed by a great hole, Telsche must find a way to follow her into the dark, to reconcile herself with what she has lost. As she sinks into the quiet deep, she ultimately discovers a place where she can experience her grief, where she is reunited with her mother.
director: Katarzyna Miechowicz
music: Katarzyna Miechowicz
Poland, 2022, 8’
A film inspired by the absurdities of everyday life.
JAK BYĆ MĘCZENNIKIEM
director: Maks Rzontkowski
music: Maks Rzontkowski
Poland, 2023, 10’
The story of a modern man who, lost in superficial altruism, is addicted to good deeds. His attitude was influenced by a primary school teacher who praised him in front of the whole class for choosing for himself the smallest piece of cake among those he – along with his classmates – had been given.
directors: Michał Socha, Jakub Socha
music: Patryk Zakrocki
Poland, 2022, 7’
An ambitious thief wants to steal a precious diamond from a heavily guarded vault. On his way, he unexpectedly meets competition – a femme fatale who appeared for the same purpose. The rivalry for the diamond slowly turns into a mutual fascination that takes the couple into a world between dream and reality. Their gameplay balances between danger and sensual flirtation. The film is a mix of crime and love story, with a dose of humor.
TAKIE CUDA SIĘ ZDARZAJĄ
SUCH MIRACLES DO HAPPEN
director: Barbara Rupik
music: Barbara Rupik
Poland, 2022, 14’
One day, all the statues in the area come to life. They come out of the roadside shrines, leave their pedestals and move ahead in the same direction without even stopping for a moment. People watch this phenomenon with concern. None of them knows why the statues are leaving or where they are going. Only a little girl with a boneless body marvels at the procession of the unusual figures. Without muscles they are walking, although they should not be walking. How strange!
directors: Tomasz Popakul, Kasumi Ozeki
Poland, 2023, 26’
It grows slowly as an icicle, but one day it drops and crashes. Anka loves cats. And Jesus. In a winter silence the lagoon freezes and the unspoken resurfaces like crack on ice. Mosaic portrait of a small fisherman’s village where human to human, human to animal, animal to animal interdepend on a delicate balance of warm tender care and cold emotional cruelty. An eerie story of loneliness and community narrated with magical realism.