We’ve crossed paths with many wondrous works throughout our adventures in programming, but when it comes to the films of Piotr Kamler, we never fail to take a pause in order to gather our collective jaws off the floor. Often labeled as science fiction, Kamler’s works explore the inner depths of imagination more than the far reaches of outer space, eschewing linear narratives for dynamic, hallucinatory symbolism rendered in everything from clay to ink, paper cut-outs, early CGI and even pinboard animation -- all paired with startling musique concrète scores by the likes of Luc Ferrari and Bernard Parmegiani. Tonight we’ll eagerly peer into Kamler’s mind-expanding output, culminating with a rare 35mm screening ofChronopolis (his only feature film), an Egyptian-flavored cybernetic opus that immediately sucks you into a transcendent alternate universe with its own M.C. Escher-like laws of physics, space, time, and dream-logic. As alien as every sound and every moving part is, it feels vaguely comforting and familiar, as if you remember it from childhood or dreams. Fans of surrealist animators the Brothers Quay will see similarities to their earlier films, which were likely influenced by this monumental achievement.
June 7th, Jerry Beck's Animation Tuesdays proudly presents a rare 35mm screening of Bruno Bozetto's "Allegro non troppo." This Italian classic of alternative 1970's animation goofs on Disney's Fantasia, particularly in its zany live-action framing segments, yet the film stands on its own as a singularly ecclectic showcase of psychedelic animation. By tickets at cinefamily.org/calendar/jerrybeck.html#allegro Trailer by the Cinefamily's own Brendt Rioux.
The Cinefamily, along with co-presenters Cartoon Brew and Animation Block Party, is proud to present ANIMATION BREAKDOWN — a six-day festival celebrating the greatest in mind-expanding international animation, old and new, shorts and features!
Join us December 4th for An Evening with Bruce Bickford!
THE MASTERS OF POLISH ANIMATION - DEC 2nd thru DEC 4th. Part of Animation Breakdown festival!
THE CLASSICS - DEC 2nd 7:30pm
Bizarre, beautiful, densely symbolic and darkly satiric — Polish animation speaks a language undeniably its own. Drawing from a rich history of avant-garde design, surrealist literature and puppet mastery, disillusioned post-war Poles responded to the bleak absurdities of their landscape by re-sculpting the familiar into twisted unrealities, and eschewing traditional narratives for abstracted and ironic allegory. With a breathtakingly diverse range of techniques, their massively influential creations stand as fiercely fantastical and distinctly unique artistic marvels. From the mighty moving collages of Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica (pioneers of the cut-out style adopted by reverent Pole-worshipper Terry Gilliam), to the boldly vibrant brushstrokes of Witold Giersz and the frenetic art-brute lunacy of Julian Antonisz, these classics promise to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and — thanks to the Polish Cultural Institute — in beautiful 35mm direct from Poland! Our show culminates in an exclusive screening of the Brothers Quays’ newest eerie oddity, Maska! Twenty-five years after their seminal masterpiece Street of Crocodiles, Maska sees the Quays’ brilliant return to Polish surrealism source material: an adaptation of a story by Polski-lit hero Stanislaw Lem!
Films included in the program:
DOM / THE HOUSE Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowczyk (Documentary Film Studio), 1958, 12’
LABIRYNT / LABYRINTH Jan Lenica (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1961, 15’
CZERWONE I CZARNE / RED AND BLACK Witold Giersz (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1963, 6’30”
WSZYSTKO JEST LICZBĄ / EVERYTHING IS A NUMBER Stefan Schabenbeck (Se-Ma-For), 1966, 7’30”
IGRASZKI / PLAYTHINGS Kazimierz Urbański (Se-Ma-For), 1962, 7’
FOTEL / THE SEAT Daniel Szczechura
KRĄG / THE RING Jerzy Kucia, 1978, 7’30”
JAK DZIAŁA JAMNICZEK / HOW A SAUSAGE DOG WORKS Julian Antonisz, 1971, 8’30”
ŚCIANY / WALLS Piotr Dumala, 1988, 8 min.
THE '70s/'80s: RYBCZYNSKI AND THE RADICAL OUTER LIMITS - DEC 3rd 8pm
Films included in the program:
NOWA KSIĄŻKA / NEW BOOK Zbigniew Rybczyński (Se-Ma-For), 1975, 10’
KULE I KOŁA / BALLS AND WHEELS Lucja Mróz-Raynoch (Studio Filmów Animowanych), 1988, 5’
REFLEKSY / REFLECTIONS Jerzy Kucia (Studio Filmów Animowanych), 1979, 6’
BLOK / BLOCK Hieronim Neumann (Se-Ma-For), 1982, 10’
LINIA / LINE Grzegorz Rogala (Se-Ma-For), 1981, 7’
COPYRIGHT BY FILM POLSKI MCWLXXVI Piotr Szulkin (Studio Filmów Animowanych), 1976, 3’
PODRÓŻ / THE JOURNEY Daniel Szczechura (Se-Ma-For), 1970, 6’20”
TANGO Zbigniew Rybczyński (Se-Ma-For), 1980, 8’
PORTRET NIEWIERNY / UNFAITHFUL PORTRAIT E. Bibańska (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1981, 7’40
SAM SOBIE STEREM / STEERING MY OWN DESTINY Katarzyna Latałło (Studio Filmów Rysunkowych), 1971, 6’
THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF CHILDRENS ANIMATION - DEC 4th 5:30
Armed with the same breadth of imagination and wit used to surrealistically shout their anxieties and skewer political absurdities, Polish animators created some of the world’s most enchanting, whimsical pieces of children’s cinema. Charged with a palpable a sense of purpose, they set out to paint brilliant color, joy and zest into childhoods that World War Two’s fallout had previously painted gray. Kaleidoscopic, playful, vibrant and charming, these artists’ widely diverse platters of eye candy are as aesthetically delicious as they are nourishing — retaining all of the humor, complexity and intellect of Poland’s greatest live-action films. Whether the jazzy cartoon-modern of Wladyslaw Neherbecki’s Cat and Mouse, the stop-motion whimsy of Teresa Badzian’s Button, the Yellow Submarine-like psychedelic stylings of Ryszard Antoniszczak’s Bye Steam! or the kinder-creations of such established masters as Gierz, Rybczynski and Antonisz, these boundlessly magical films are a trove of wonders and delights not to be missed in all of their rainbow-radiant 35mm splendor!
Films in the program:
MYSZKA I KOTEK / CAT AND MOUSE , Wladyslaw Nehrebecki (Studio Filmów Rysunkowych), 1958, 8’30
GUZIK / BUTTON , Teresa Badzian (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1964, 7’30
KWARTECIK / THE LITTLE QUARTET , Edward Sturlis (Se-Ma-For), 1965, 7’
MALY WESTERN / A LITTLE WESTERN , Witold Giersz (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1960, 5’
BAJKA / A TALE , Ryszard Kuziemski (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1968, 10’
JA NAUKA WYSZLA Z LASU / NO KNOWLEDGE IS WASTED, Julian Antonisz, 1970, 8’
ZEGNAJ PARO! / BYE STEAM! , Ryszard Antoniszczak,1974, 10’
JESLI UJRZYSZ KOTA / IF YOU SEE A CAT , Daniel Szczechura, 1971 , 5’
PIESEK W KRATKĘ / THE PLAID PUPPY, Zofia Oldak, 1968, 8’
LOKOMOTYWA / LOCOMOTIVE, Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1975, 6’