Polish Animations in Japan
Łaźnia (Baths) by Tomasz Ducki and Fuga na Wiolonczelę, Trąbkę i Pejzaż (Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape) by Jerzy Kucia, both co-financed by the Polish Film Institute received recognition at the 15th Hiroshima International Animated Film Festival, which closed on August 24.
Special International Jury Prize for Łaźnia (Baths)
In its official statement, the festival jury congratulated first-time director Tomasz Ducki for his mature graphic sense and strong cinematic structure. Tomasz Ducki’s Łaźnia (Baths), produced by Studio Miniatur Filmowych and Peek and Boo, was previously recognized at the 54th Krakow Film Festival, at ‘AnimaFest’ in Zagreb, ‘Animator’ in Poznań, and, most recently, at the ‘Anibar’ film festival in Peja.
Special Prize for Jerzy Kucia’s Fuga na Wiolonczelę, Trąbkę i Pejzaż (Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape)
Jerzy Kucia’s animated Fuga na Wiolonczelę, Trąbkę i Pejzaż (Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape)
was recognized with a Special Prize for its poetic moments through ornaments of trees and cello music, and for depicting the changes in landscape. Kucia’s film previously received the Golden Dragon award at this year’s 54th Krakow Film Festival.
Other Polish Animations in Japan
In addition to the two mentioned films by Tomasz Ducki and Jerzy Kucia, other Polish films screening in competition at the Hiroshima International Animated Film Festival included Hipopotamy (Hippos), an animated film by Piotr Dumała, Lato 2014 by Wojciech Sobczyk, and Toto by Zbigniew Czapla. Ab ovo by Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi and Danse macabre by Małgorzata Rżanek screened out of competition.
The complete list of festival winners is available here.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun