The Magic Tree

Release date: 18-09-2009
Director: Andrzej Maleszka

written & directed by Andrzej Maleszka director of photography Mikołaj Łebkowski music by Krzesimir Dębski production design by Elwira Pluta costume design by Ewa Krauze editing by Bartosz Karczyński sound by Mariusz Bielecki production manager Magda Gensler

cast Agnieszka Grochowska (mother), Andrzej Chyra (father), Hanna Śleszyńska (aunt), Maja Tomawska (Tosia), Filip Fabiś (Filip), Adam Szczegóła (Kuki), Joanna Ziętarska (little aunt), Dominika Kluźniak (deaf-mute cook), Anna Guzik (conductress), Eryk Lubos (acoustic technician), Michał Piela (driver)

produced by Lunapark Studio, phone +48 22 323 67 05, e-mail office@lunapark.pl; Telewizja Poland – Film Agency co-financing Polish Film Institute distributed by Forum Film world sales Lunapark Studio, e-mail office@lunapark.pl; Telewizja Poland
35 mm, 1:1,85, colour, Dolby Digital, 90′
Poland 2009

A storm knocked down a giant, magic oak. People did not know its strength and made of it hundreds of wooden items; each item has preserved a piece of this magical power. Two children, who ran away from their much-hated aunt to their mother who works in Belgium, find a chair made of the magic wood. The chair has the ability to act as a living creature and fulfil the wishes of everyone who sits on it…


Awards:

    • 13th Kristiansand International Children’s film Festival, Norway (2010) – Grand Prix and Audience Award
    • 4th Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival, Taipei (2010) – Best Fiction
    • 12th BAMkids Film Festival, New York (2010) – BAMmie for Best Feature Film
    • 31st New Latin American Movie Festival, Havana (2009) –The Garabato Award, granted by the International Childhood Forum
    • 28th Oulu International Chlidren’s and Youth Film Festival (2009) – The CIFEJ Prize
    • 26th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2009) – The Rights of the Child Award
    • International Emmy Awards – Emmy Award in category “Children & Young People” (November 2007)
    • Prix Jeunesse Film Festival, Munich (2008) – Grand Prix
    • 34th Polish Film Festival Gdynia (2009) – Award for Elwira Pluta for art direction

Andrzej Maleszka

Born in 1955. Director and scriptwriter. The winner of the International Emmy Award in the category: Children & Young People for the series “The Magic Tree”, as well as of numerous awards at film festivals (incl. Chicago, New york, Munich, Cairoetc).

Filmography (selected)
1992: Mom – Nothing (Mama – nic, tv); 1993: Jacob (Jakub, tv); Jack (Jacek, tv); 1995: Machine of Changes (Maszyna zmian); 1997: The Hunting (Polowanie, tv); 1998: Hundred Minutes of Holidays (Sto minut wakacji); 2000: End of the World atthe Novaks (Koniec świata u Nowaków); 2003-06: The Magic Tree (Magiczne drzewo, tv series); 2009: The Magic Tree (Magiczne drzewo)