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Three-night NYC Program Celebrates 70 Years of Polish Animation

Rare films from the 1950s through the 1980s chart the nation’s artistic achievement in animation.

Still-frame from ‘Labirynt,’ directed by Jan Lenica, will screen at a celebration of 70 years of Polish animation Dec. 8-10 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

NEW YORK -- The Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Polish Film Institute and the National Film Archive -- Audiovisual Institute join forces to present a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Polish animation Dec. 8-10 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

This comprehensive program is a survey of Poland's finest animation from the past seventy years. Polish animated filmmakers have drawn on their homeland's rich tradition of graphic art, avant-garde theater, and puppetry to create some of the most technically sophisticated, darkly satiric, and fantastical animation in the world.

The first night’s program is ‘Realpolitik of Cinema,’ the second’s ‘Symmetries and Colors’ and the third’s ‘The Adventure of Otherness.’ The program charts the development of artistic forms in Polish animation from the late 1950s to the late 1980s. Abstraction and a minimalistic language of political satire are the main elements unifying these films, as well as a focus on the drama of everyday routine -- its repetitive rhythm veiling the mystery of the human condition.

The series also attempts to highlight the role of women in the history of Polish animation, providing a rare opportunity to see films by Franciszka Themerson, Łucja Mróz Raynoch, Zofia Oraczewska, Danuta Adamska Strus, Alina Maliszewska and Ewa Bibańska.

All the works will be screened from 35mm prints provided by the National Film Archives.

The Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003. Each program begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $11, $9 for students and seniors, and $7 for AFA members and children 12 and under.

Source: Polish Cultural Institute New York

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.