Eugeniusz Rudnik revolutionized the idea of music itself with just a pair of scissors and a magnetic tape. 15 Corners of the World is an attempt to hear the vision of his music. A film about his musical genius was awarded at film festivals in Wrocław and in Locarno.
Written and directed by Zuzanna Solakiewicz, 15 Corners of the World translates the world of Rudnik’s sounds into a visual interpretation of the sensual and emotional perception of music.
Eugeniusz Rudnik is one of the pioneers of electro-acoustic music and a member of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
Find out more about the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
He worked on many music and film projects with Krzysztof Penderecki, Arne Nordheim, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bogusław Schaeffer and many others. He has also created musical illustrations for the Polish TV and Radio theatres, as well as approximately 300 score pieces for film. Over 20 pieces by Rudnik are kept for future generations by the French National Library, which gathers the cultural treasures of the 20th century.
In his notes and journals, Rudnik describes sound and music as something visible.
It made the director Zuzanna Solakiewicz tinker with the idea of making a film that gives priority to sound rather than to visuals, a film that interprets music in order to capture it in pictures.
The cinematographer, Zvika Gregory Portnoy, admitted it was a great challenge to film the project as he wanted his image to be in dialogue with Rudnik’s music.
My photography does not illustrate the music, but neither is it composed of accidental, abstract impressions, adds Portnoy.
In spite of the challenge of filming sound, 15 Corners of the World is a truly classical film in the way it is constructed, filmed and edited. The producers also wanted to pay tribute to the analogue era, thus the 16mm film which the project was filmed on.
When we used up the type of film that we needed, it turned out that the Fuji factory stopped producing it at all. We got hold of the two more missing film reels in Great Britain, after a long search, reveals Marta Golba, the Polish team producer.
The film will debut at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival on July 30. The international premiere will take place at the Locarno International Film Festival. 15 Corners of the World will be screened as part of the Critic's Week Competition on August 11.
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written and directed by Zuzanna Solakiewicz
with the participation of Eugeniusz Rudnik
cinematography Zvika Gregory Portnoy editing Mateusz Romaszkan sound Marcin Lenarczyk choreography Weronika Pelczyńska
producer Marta Golba co-producers Eric Winker, Andreas Brauer, Martin Roelly
15 Corners of the World was produced in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, as well as Hupe Films, the National Audiovisual Institute, the Mazovia Film Institute, TVP Kultura, the National Centre for Culture, Centrala, and The Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”.
It was produced by Endorfina Studio and supported by the Polish Film Institute and Film und Medien Stiftung NRW.
source: press materials, ed. kd, july 18 2014