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Still from Jan Lenica's "Labyrinth", photo: Studio Miniatur Filmowych

Polish artist Jan Lenica’s work helped transform the genre of animated film into one capable of communicating the most complex messages. In December, the Harvard Film Archive will present a retrospective of his films – Freedom Outside Reason: The Animated Cinema of Jan Lenica.

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Contemporary Polish Short Animation, photo: promotional materials

The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) featured a programme of contemporary short animations from Poland. The event provided the Chinese cinema lovers with a great opportunity to see not only the classics of Polish animated film, but also works of the younger generation of Polish animators.

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A still from Wartime Portraits series, photo: SHIPsBOY.

Wartime Portraits will soon be available on Netflix in over 200 countries, in addition to Poland where it already premiered. Each of its five animated episodes is dedicated to a Polish soldier who led a heroic battle against the Nazi forces of the Third Reich, namely Jan Zumbach, Bronisław Hellwig, Zdzisław Pacak-Kuźmirski, Józef Beck and Jan Gruziński.

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On 9th March, the Polish Institute in Vilnius in collaboration with the Vilnius Art Academy will launch the project Once Upon a Time: the Art of Polish Animation. It features screenings of the best animations by Polish artists, lectures and an exhibition of posters, graphics, drawings, sculptures and installations by Polish animators.

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An animated film made in 1958. The last – and most famous – achievement of the tandem Borowczyk – Lenica, whose work opened a new chapter in the history of Polish animated film.

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Stills from futuristic vision of tell about Dragon from Kraków by Tomasz Bagiński.

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Still from the film Sweet Rhythms by Kazimierz Urbański, photo: Minature Film Studio

Kineplastyka / Kinetic art was proclaimed by Kazimierz Urbański and incorporates multidimensional movement on screen as an equivalent of a static artwork. It was the starting point for all his films. The director embarked on creating Sweet Rhythms inspired by matter and its abstract kinetic properties rather than by scenario.

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Kadr z filmu "Drżące trąby", fot. materiały promocyjne

A technical dissection of a sausage dog, gluttonous clams, a stunt-fly and a desperate teddy with an axe – get crazy about the strangest Polish animations.

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Stills from the animated film Playthings (1962) by Kazimierz Urbański.

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A still from an animated movie Bolek and Lolek in the Wild West, photo: press materials

Bolek, Lolek and Reksio – these cartoon characters will entertain children in India in March 2015. This will be possible thanks to Robert Maciąg, who will travel 2500 km along Ganges on his scooter, with a foldable screen and a slide projector under his arm.

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Kadr z gry "This War of Mine", fot. materiały promocyjne

The new Polish computer game This War of Mine has spread among players in almost 100 countries around the world, and has been among the best rated games for several of weeks.

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HKIFF Cine Fan poster

Films by the most renowned Polish animators, including Zbigniew Rybczyński, Jan Lenica, Julian Antonisz and others are to be presented in Hong Kong.

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Meet the virtuoso who happened to be obscene: Borowczyk, a graphic artist, poster maker, and acclaimed filmmaker also hailed as a pornographer, whose works were banned in communist Poland. 'Boro' was an artist whose experimental films made a decisive influence on numerous artists, including the acclaimed animation duo, Stephen and Timothy Quay.

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The third edition of the mobile festival promoting Polish cinema abroad starts on the 3rd of October.

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Okładka (nid 6464712)

An apocalyptic tale of destruction, at its foundation based on Adam Mickiewicz's ballad Świteź telling the story of a mysterious lake with an enchanted medieval town resting at its bottom transformed into an animation by Kamil Polak

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Okładka (nid 6323806)

Baaba, the Warsaw-based electronic jazz "supergroup", performs live to an exquisite line-up of Polish classic animated films. The band launches its US tour with a wildly animated opening concert of the Unsound Festival in New York.

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Hieronim Neumann, photo: courtesy of TV SFA Sp. z o.o. archive

His films use technical tricks, often based upon innovative solutions. They constitute a distinct phenomenon in Polish animation, at the same time being a part of its experimental trend and pushing boundaries of form.

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World Premiere of "The Flying Machine" in Beijing

The world premiere of "The Flying Machine" / "Latająca maszyna" took place in Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall. The animated film, created by the makers of the Oscar-winning "Peter & the Wolf" / "Piotruś i wilk", is to be the first 3D animation production in history to be shown at the famous Chinese concert hall.

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Okładka (nid 4220838)

A showcase of Polish animated films from its most renowned creators is a highlight of Kiev's Molodist Festival, along with screenings of three brand-new documentaries produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Kuba Czekaj's latest short competes in the main competition this year.

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