The first screening of the director's latest animation takes place on February 16 as part of the "Berlinale Shorts" programme - marking its world premiere. It is an adaptation of the romantic ballad written by Adam Mickiewicz, made with a combination of 3D and classic animation inspired by traditional oil painting...
Świteź, dir. Kamil Polak, photo from www.switez.com
The animation, Świteź directed by Kamil Polak has qualified for the Berlinale Shorts competition at the 61st International Film Festival in Berlin
Świteź / The Lost Town of Świteź is the only Polish short to be screened this year in Berlin. The curator of Berlinale Shorts, Maike Mia Höhne, defined the Polish animation as a deeply moving film. The first screening of the competition will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - marking the world premiere of the film.
Świteź is an adaptation of the romantic ballad written by Adam Mickiewicz of the same title. The twenty-minute animated film is made with the combination of 3D computer art animation technique and classic animation based on traditional techniques of oil painting.
The film tells the story of a mysterious lake with an enchanted medieval town resting at its bottom. The plot takes place during two time frames, in the modern era of Mickiewicz and in the Middle Ages, when according to legend the city of Świteź was flooded. This is the apocalyptic tale of destruction, the wonders of the eternal struggle between good and evil, faith and hope.
The film takes elements of oil and tempera painting into a three-dimensional space, combining the means of expression of classic animation with special effects and computer animation. The unique aesthetics of images is achieved by using the latest technology, the effect of brush strokes. Dramaturgy and the rhythm of shots in Świteź follows the music for the symphony orchestra and choir, specially composed for the film by Irina Bogdanovich.
Świteź is a modern combination of literature, painting, music and animation. Work on the film took seven years. Meant to be the director's thesis work, it grew gradually. Initially, it was realised in the Se-ma-for studio, and during its progress, both Polish and foreign co-producers joined the project.
The International Film Festival in Berlin has been taking place for the past 61 years and is one of the most important and prestigious film festivals in the world. This year's edition was held from February 10 - 20, 2011.
The Berlinale Shorts film competition has been organised since 1955. The competition will screen 25 films from 21 countries, and will be judged by an International Jury including: Nan Goldin, an American photographer and director; Renen Schorr, an Israeli director and manager of the Sam Spiegel Film as well as Tunisian director and producer Ibrahim Letaief.
The films will compete for the Golden and Silver Bear Statuettes and the European Film Academy award as well as a scholarship from the DAAD.
More information about the 61 International Film Festival in Berlin log on to: www.berlinale.de.
More about the film Świteź directed by Kamil Polak: www.switez.com.