This year's Tyrmand festival aims to take an incisive look at the cityscape in Polish film creating a story of Muranów as a film set, presenting the area in both its historical and cinematic aspect. The event boasts a varied program of events, starting with a cinematic stroll through the Muranów district, combined with a lecture by Gzegorz Sołtysiak...
The Muranów cinema will screen several films, including Bariera (Barrier, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, 1966), Bez znieczulenia (Rough Treatment, dir. Andrzej Wajda, 1978), Three Colours: White (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993), along with selections from other works of classic Polish cinema in which the plot is set in Warsaw. Screenings will be accompanied by an exhibition and slideshow, as well as a discussion panel with fashion designer Barbara Hoff on the subject of '50s era fashion and Marcin Kowalczyk, author of the book Tyrmand karnawałowy (Carnivalesque Tyrmand).
This year's Tyrmand festival aims to take an incisive look at the cityscape in Polish film creating a story of Muranów as a film set, presenting the area in both its historical and cinematic aspect, say festival coordinators.
Leopold Tyrmand's connection with the film world was rooted in a fascination with film, a fascination which he shared with the protagonists of his most popular novel, Zły (published in English as 'The Man With White Eyes'). His cinematic interests are also evident in his literary descriptions of the now-dusty cinema theatres of the '50s, however, the link was also a professional one. In 1955, he wrote a screenplay for the 'swimming' novel Trzy Starty (Three Tries), in 1962 he appeared in a cafe scene for Janusz Morgenstern Jutro premiera (Tomorrow's Premiere) and adapted his own novel Siedem dalekich rejsów (Seven Long Cruises) for Jan Rybowski's cinematic adaptation Naprawdę Wczoraj (Actually Yesterday). The episodic nature of his activity was a result of censorship and ostracism which the artist encountered in communist Poland. The connection between Tyrmand, Kino Muranów and Polish cinema is an attempt on the part of the festival to re-bridge this gap, while also taking a look at Muranów from a distanced perspective, bringing back the images of its past and determining whether the realist details (including the architectural ones) of Muranów have become saccharine, say the organizers.
Leopold Tyrmand (he used also the pseudonym Jan Andrzej Stanisław Kowalski, born May 16, 1920 in Warsaw, died March 19, 1985 in Fort Myers, Florida), Polish writer and essayist, jazz enthusiast and Polish cultural icon of the '50s. His name was branded with a range of associations: jazz visionary, erudite essayist, elite sports fan (tennis and basketball), neophyte catholic, womanizer, bikini-man, fashion advocate (in those times of drab dress), uncompromising anti-Communist. Knowledge about the author was often limited to a single statement, namely noticeable by his colourful socks (preserved in the collective consciousness as a recognizable trait, even though their legendary flashy colours were often denied by people close to Tyrmand), author of Zły, a cult novel portraying criminal circles in Warsaw of the '50s.
The Tyrmandiada festival had its start in 2008. The first edition took place in the pre-war headquarters of the YMCA, where Leopold Tyrmand resided between 1946-1955. The aim of the event is to spread knowledge on the subject of the historical and cultural identity of central Warsaw and of Leopold Tyrmand himself.
For further information on Tyrmandiada: www.tyrmandiada.slo7.waw.pl.