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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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Still from Rosemary's Baby, dir. Roman Polański, 1968, photo: Polfilm / East News

If you like to get scared you’ve got the right country. Classic Polish-directed horrors as shown, for instance, by Rosemary’s Baby will send shivers down your spine and leave you wanting more. Below you can find Culture.pl’s selection of 8 such movies, which have the potential to creep you out.

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Walerian Borowczyk, Paris, 1965, photo: Władysław Sławny / Forum

A retrospective of Walerian Borowczyk, a director and visual artist, was organised in the New York’s Lincoln Center. The audience viewed 13 full-length films, short films and the artist’s poster exhibition.

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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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These are the works of avant-garde artists, poets of theatre and director-provocateurs. Last season's most important premieres and Polish classics films are amongst those featured at the 12th Kinoteka – the Polish Film Festival in London.

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Between 5-20 April 2014, the 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival presents 200 films form around the world. A unique anthology of Experimental Polish Animation in three parts, as well as a panel discussion on Polish Animation with Mariusz Wilczyński and Adriana Prodeus are among the highlights of this year's Festival.

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Walerian Borowczyk - visual artist, screenwriter, director of feature and animated films, writer. Born in 1923 in Kwilcz, moved to France in 1959. Died on 3rd February 2006.

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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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Julian Józef Antoniszczak, cover of the book Graphic Stories and Pictorial Candi, photo: promotional materials

Some say no one should be alone on Valentine's day, and the same should go for artists.

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"You could say that Polish posters sent us telegrams from our own future, along with its dark paths within literature, cinema and music"

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The screenings present Borowczyk's work, filled with surreal imagery and experimental avant-garde techniques. The audience is also presented with a contemporary film about the artist, Boro-in -the-box, directed by Bertrand Mandico. / 16 Aug at 9:15 pm Summerhall (venue 26) / 1 Summerhall (EH9 1PL) Tickets: £5/£4 Box office: 0845 874 3001

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