written & directed by Adrianna Książek, Iwo Książek, music Michał Dymny, director of photography Iwo Książek edited by Adrianna Książek, producer Iwo Książek, produced by Studio-11 Iwo Książek, phone +48 888 753 610, www.studio-11.eu co-produced by Telewizja Polska S.A. co-financed by The Polish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland distributed by Studio-11 Iwo Książek
HD, 16:9, colour, stereo, 58′
Kantor’s Circle tells the story of great friendships, youth, passion in common for art, and life under the Nazi occupation. During the Second World War, Tadeusz Kantor, one of Poland’s most prominent theatre directors of the 20th century gathered talented artists in Krakow. Most of them were pupils of the German School of Arts and Crafts (The Kunstgewerbeschule), under which name the conspired Academy of Fine Arts was masked. Along with them, Tadeusz Kantor created the Underground Independent Theatre. In private apartments they realized two theatrical pieces and an avant-garde clandestine exhibition. „Art that came to life at that time was born as a response to danger and against danger.” They will later become major figures of Polish art and culture of the 20th century.
The film includes many archival materials: film archives, photographs as well as reproductions of unknown paintings and drawings from the period of occupation.