The Best in Contemporary World Cinema
Thierry Paladino is a French student at the Andrzej Wajda Masters School of Film Directing in Warsaw, Poland. His short, "At the Datcha" follows three very unique faces from factory to summer home and proves that "mechanization" often means a lack of mechanics. Paladino's observations may border on the politically incorrect in an overly PC society, but his poking fun at the family shows an overall thought and care.
Piotr Szulkin was born April 26, 1950 in Gdansk, Poland. He has directed over thirty movies that have received numerous Polish and international recognitions, including Best Science-Fiction Film Director at the 1984 Eurocon Convention. "Everyday Life" charges the mondane with artistic vision and melody. Szulkin only offers tiny glimpses of his subject's faces as large graphic numbers divide their day into routine actions that read like something between a Godard film and an infommercial. Much like "Selected Works" in the choice of mediocrity as a subject matter, the short provokes empathy and reflection. What's in a day?
"Oj nie moge sie zatrzymac!" ("Oh I can't stop!")
Zbigniew Rybczynski was born on January 27, 1949 in Lodz, Poland but raised in Warsaw, where he attended an art high school and trained as a painter. His experiments with film began when he studied cinematography at the Film Academy of Lodz. His first realizations were: "Kwadrat" and "Take Five", both in 1972, which, along with his other realizations, broke new ground in the use of pixilation, optical printing, animation and other compositional film devices. "Zbig" was active in an avant garde group "Warsztat Formy Filmowej", and had cooperated with "Se-Ma-For" Studios in Lodz, where he created several films including "Tango" (1980). Zbig's activity in Poland's Solidarity movement led him to seek asylum in Austria, where he learned of his Academy Award nomination for "Tango." The film earned Best Animated Short in 1982. The Oscar was a turning point in his career. He and his family emigrated to New York City, where Sony equipped him with a studio with all the advanced technologies. Zbig is internationally renowned for his advancements in the field of HDTV technology, visual effects and the many outstanding music videos he created for artists such as Art of Noise, Mick Jagger, Pet Shop Boys, Chuck Mangione, Lou Reed and for John Lennon's "Imagine". In the late 90s, Zbig worked in Berlin, developing new production techniques in image compositing and motion control photography and later teaching Experimental Film in Cologne's Academy of Media Arts. Since 2001, he has returned to working in the US as a Research Engineer in the Ultimatte Company, the leader in blue/green screen compositing technology for film and tv. Plans for a new film production are underway.