The 42nd HKIFF celebrates 70 years of Polish Animation


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Polish independence the Hong Kong International Film Festival in collaboration with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will present a special programme called “70 Years of Polish Animation: Live Animation x Music”.

Decades of armed conflicts and political turbulence had carved into Polish artists who reflect their social struggle and change through their works. Poland has contributed to the world of classical music through works of composers like Chopin and Paderewski, and also boasts 70 years of achievements in the field of animation.

The event will feature celebrated Polish filmmaker-animator Mariusz Wilczynski drawing animation live by hand while the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will play music conducted by Polish conductor Sebastian Perłowski. The event will take place on March 16th, 2018 at the Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Hall of The University of Hong Kong and is free to the public.

Mariusz Wilczynski

Photo by Janusz Marynowski

About Mariusz Wilczynski:
Poets of imagery and tragi-comedy, masters of creativity and technology, an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators flourishes in Poland. Among them is Mariusz Wilczynski, a creator of animated films as well as a painter and set designer. His work presents a range of styles that are at once bittersweet and sardonic, yet convey profound sympathy and inspire reflection. Prolific and multi-talented, he has created a variety of animations screened at international festivals. His most acclaimed work, Unfortunately (2004), won the Golden Hugo Award for Best Animation at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Sebastian PerłowskiAbout Sebastian Perłowski:
Known for his “eruption of the energy, floating out of joy of making music”, Polish conductor and composer Sebastian Perłowski has impressed audiences with his vibrant personality and charisma. He will lead the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in three masterpieces from three prominent Polish composers – Górecki, Panufnik and Krzysztof Penderecki, including the Asian Premieres of Sinfonia Elegiaca (Symphony No.2) and Cello Concerto no. 1. Together with the live animation by Wilczynski, the event promises to be an exceptional journey of music and vision.

About this event:
The event is organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the brand within the international cultural programme of POLSKA 100, and is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the Multi-annual Programme “Niepodległa” 2017-2021. Public online registration for free tickets will start at 10:00 am on 13 Feb. For details please visit HKIFF will reserve a number of tickets which will be available for online registration on 2 March when all HKIFF tickets become available.

Important dates!!
Programme Announcement Date – February 28th, 2018
Tickets Available From – March 2nd, 2018
42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival – March 19th – April 5th, 2018

About the HKIFF:
The HKIFF is one of the Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films. Committed to discovering new talent, the festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talent. As a life-style event, festival-goers watch world-class films, experience talks with leading filmmakers, visit film exhibitions and attend parties celebrating the Festival community, and much more.

For more information please visit the Official Website and the Official Facebook Page

To see other articles about the HKIFF please go HERE.

Photo of Sebastian Perłowski taken from Opera Lrakow

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