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A photographer’s instinct
One would have thought that tributes to Andrzej Wajda, who passed away last year, would constitute the only Polish touch to the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. It turns out, however, that a Pole was one of the creators of "The Jungle Book", which received an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The graphic designer Jacek Pilarski, from the Polish city of Zywiec, was responsible for the so-called matte painting, or creating the right background for complex computer animations. He talked to Poland.pl about his work.
I’m interested in story-telling
Reviewers the world over are fascinated by "Scythe" – a board game whose action is set in the alternative world of 1920+. While praising the game’s plot, they especially emphasise its graphic design. Its creator is Polish artist Jakub Różalski. Tens of thousands of copies of the game have already been sold, and successive reprints are planned. Jakub Różalski told Poland.pl about where he draws his inspiration from, his fascinations and new projects.
Polish acting legend Danuta Szaflarska dies at 102
Danuta Szaflarska, a legend of Polish theatre and cinema, died on Sunday, almost two weeks after celebrating her 102nd birthday.
France to honour Polish writer Gombrowicz with museum
A museum dedicated to the famous Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz is to be set up in France.
Polish studio to produce feature film on Fátima apparition
Already widely lauded for its artistic contributions to short films, cinematics, commercials and other projects, the Polish studio Platige Image is now working on the animated feature film “Fatima” together with Portuguese company Imaginew.
Polish photographer scores international success
Przemysław Niepokój-Hepnar has been awarded a prize at the Monochrome Photography Awards, one of the world’s top competitions for black and white photography.
"The Best Polish Illustrators" at the Polish Institute in Vienna
On Thursday January 19th an exhibition was unveiled at the Polish Institute in Vienna titled "The Best Polish Illustrators," presenting the most interesting works produced by the young generation of Polish illustrators. The exhibition showcases nearly 40 different press illustrations.
A Polish "Downton Abbey"
Speaking with admiration of British noble residences we often fail to realise how many such castles, palaces and manors are still in existence in Poland, or how many there were in the early modern and interwar periods.
The outstanding finale of the ECoC Wrocław 2016
The Sky Web megashow, the largest Silent Disco in Europe and the Sound Play featuring outstanding actors at the Centennial Hall - all taking place in the city, including these managed to attract almost a hundred thousand residents of Wrocław to celebrate the finale of the European Capital of Culture together.
Stanislaw Lem’s terrestrial matters
The esteemed futurologist, philosopher and the most translated Polish writer who enriched world literature with such great titles as "Solaris" and "Return from the Stars," has posthumously been given his own festival – the Lemological Congress, which gathers together information about the life and work of Stanislaw Lem, gets underway in Wroclaw today.
Legend of Polish cabaret passes away
Actor, singer and comedian Bohdan Smoleń passed away on Thursday at 69.
HumanDOC – life in the globalized world
The multidimensional nature of poverty and migration and the lack of tolerance with regards to diversity are just some of the topics of this year's seventh edition of the HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival in Warsaw. Festival films can be viewed until the end of December on the Internet and in cinemas in more than a dozen Polish cities, including Poznan, Krakow and Sanok.
“Pizza from Poland” – an exhibition on the Polish-German borderlands
Brandenburg is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Polish-German Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Co-operation with an unconventional exhibition in Potsdam titled “Pizza from Poland – New neighbours in old houses”.
Abducted lady to return home
U.S. agencies have found a painting that was stolen from Warsaw’s National Museum during World War II.
Hollywood star visits Bydgoszcz
Jessica Lange, best-known for her roles in King Kong, Tootsie, Blue Sky and The Postman Always Rings Twice, came to Bydgoszcz to receive the highly acclaimed Krzysztof Kieślowski Award.
Edging closer to the truth
Publishers were among those who highly anticipated the release of the “Wolyn” film. That is why several interesting accounts of the bloody history of the Borderlands have recently appeared on the market.
Suffering reaches us all
Realized by Paul Woldan and based on his script, the spectacle „Totus Tuus" consists of two parallel themes. The first theme, framing the narrative, focuses on the time after the attack on the Pope in St Peter’s Square on 13 May 1981 and his stay at the Gemelli clinic, where his life was saved. The second theme consists of retrospective scenes from the life of Karol Wojtyla before he became pope.
Retrospective of Poland’s Kieślowski in New York
The Museum of the Moving Image in New York is holding a complete retrospective of movies by famous Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski.
Famous Polish director Andrzej Wajda dies
Andrzej Wajda, one of Poland's most famous directors, died at the age of 90 on Sunday night.
It is impossible to understand the criminal's cruelty
"Blindness" - a great film by Ryszard Bugajski is like an afterword to his gripping film “Interrogation”.
Where are we going?
“Quo vadis” has been moving our hearts and minds for years. This work is the essence of Poland while being uniquely universal.
“Smolensk” film scene goes down in history
Just as Andrzej Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds” cannot be erased from the history of Polish cinema due to its scene depicting a series of glasses filled with alcoholic spirits all set ablaze, “Smolensk” has also made its mark with an outstanding final scene. Antoni Krauze’s “Smolensk”, the most highly anticipated film of the year, premiered in Polish cinemas on Friday.
I am proud to have starred in “Smolensk”
The official world premiere of Antoni Krauze’s film “Smolensk” took place in Warsaw’s Grand Theatre on September 5th. On Friday, September 9th, the film depicting the April 2010 tragedy will be screened at cinemas across Poland. In anticipation of the film’s public premiere, we invite you to read an interview with Ewa Dałkowska, who plays the role of Maria Kaczynska, the wife of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
Golden Lion for Polish director at Venice
Veteran Polish film director Jerzy Skolimowski received on Wednesday a Golden Lion for Career Achievement during the opening of the Venice Film Festival.
Overview of summer film festivals in Poland
Film festivals are held throughout the year and are very popular – especially during the summer when we go on holidays and often choose open-air cinemas to enjoy both watching films and spending time outdoors.
Renaissance masters on show in Warsaw
The exhibition “Brescia. The Renaissance in Northern Italy” which opened on 2 June at the National Museum in Warsaw brings together nearly 50 paintings by masters of the Northern Italian Renaissance.
Warsaw to host 25th International Poster Biennale
Preparations for the International Poster Biennale, which will be held in Warsaw between 11 June and 25 September, have reached the final stages.
The Raclawice Panorama in Wroclaw
The Raclawice Panorama is Poland’s most famous battle scene painting. It is the only cycloramic painting in the country and one of only a few in Europe.
“Pan Tadeusz” given own museum
A Pan Tadeusz Museum has been opened in an old town house named “Under the Golden Sun” on Wroclaw’s Main Market Square.