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Still from the film The Devil, directed by Andrzej Żuławski, 1972.  Pictured: Wojciech Pszoniak; photo: Studio Filmowe Kadr/Filmoteka Narodowa/www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

They bring evil and death, but also freedom. They haunt 17th-century monasteries, astronauts and expectant mothers in Manhattan, yet also teach some the truth about themselves. Culture.pl brings you some of the most interesting devils of Polish cinema.

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Still from the game The Witcher: Wild Hunt, photo: press materials

He speaks more than 20 languages and has turned his name into a well-known brand around the world, from Brazil to Japan. But there’s no sign of him slowing down. For 30 years now, we have been observing the White Wolf’s impressive march across all forms of media. Culture.pl looks back at all his different routes and where he might be headed next.

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

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Book cover of Ice by Jacek Dukaj

The action in Jacek Dukaj’s novel takes place in an alternative reality, where World War I never broke out, it’s the year 1924, and the Polish Kingdom is still under the rule of the Tsar and in the Belle Epoque. Nominatef for a Nike Literary Award in 2008.

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Animated films are the stuff childhoods are made of. These animations, however, aren't targeted at kids but they're not 'adult' animations either. They're experimental and alternative animations which explore hidden meanings, play with stereotypes, and bring life to inanimate objects in curious worlds.

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

Animators are many things. They're poets of imagery and comedians, puppet and stop motion masters, illustrators and experts of 3D technology. Poland boasts an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators. Here is a (short) guide to Polish animation.

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A 2010 animated film by Tomasz Bagiński

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