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30th of July, 13:00
Shown in Szczechura: Sins of Youth with:
Conflicts, Death and The Maiden, First, Second, Third..., STS '58, The Chair, The Letter, The Machine, The Visit
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Szczechura: Sins of Youth
69’
subtitles: Polish and English
Conflicts
Konflikty
Poland 1960 / 7’
director: Daniel Szczechura
screenplay: Daniel Szczechura
cinematography: Stanisław Śliskowski
music: Edward Pałłasz
animation: Stanisław Śliskowski
visual design: Daniel Szczechura
cast: Irena Kamińska, Julian Żejmo, Jerzy Rucki
production: PWSFTViT
source of print: Filmoteka Narodowa
awards: Warszawa FES PWSF 1961 – Audience Award
language: no dialogues
colouration: b&w

Student etude in the old-cinema style. A romantic drama about a marital triangle with a bloody ending and an external intervention that changes it entirely.


Death and The Maiden
Śmierć i dziewczyna
Poland 1960 / 11’
director: Wojciech Solarz
screenplay: Wojciech Solarz
cinematography: Daniel Szczechura
cast: Elżbieta Czyżewska, Krystyna Sienkiewicz
producer: Mieczysław Mękarski
production: PWSFTViT
source of print: PWSFTViT
language: Polish
colouration: b&w

A feature student etude, adaptation of a short story by Stanisław Dygat. The times of occupation. After curfew a woman from a tenant house finds shelter at a doorman’s place. It turns out that the doorman’s daughter and the elegant neighbour share the same problems concerning relations between men and women.


First, Second, Third...
Pierwszy, drugi, trzeci...
Poland 1964 / 8’
director: Daniel Szczechura
screenplay: Daniel Szczechura
cinematography: Wacław Fedak
music: Włodzimierz Kotoński
visual design: Daniel Szczechura
cast: Julian Żejmo, Barry Clayton
producer: Tadeusz Strąk
production: SMFF Se-Ma-For w Łodzi
awards: Trydent IFF 1965 – wyróżnienie / Special Mention
language: no dialogues
colouration: b&w

An impression of a ski-jumper who unexpectedly flies around the world during a contest and, after returning, he lands to take last, third place.


STS '58
STS 58
Poland 1959 / 9’
director: Agnieszka Osiecka
screenplay: Agnieszka Osiecka
cinematography: Daniel Szczechura
production: Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna i Filmowa w Łodzi
language: Polish
colouration: b&w

A documentary student etude about preparations for a new programme by the Student Satirical Theatre. The programme won’t premiere, due to a decision by the censorship authority.


The Chair
Fotel
Poland 1963 / 6’
director: Daniel Szczechura
screenplay: Emil Saski, Daniel Szczechura
cinematography: Wacław Fedak
music: Włodzimierz Kotoński
visual design: Daniel Szczechura
producer: Tadeusz Kowalski
production: SMFF Se-Ma-For w Łodzi
awards: Oberhausen ISFF 1964 – nagroda główna, nagroda w zestawie, wyróżnienie jury Stowarzyszenia Uniwersytetów Ludowych / Grand Prix, Selection Award, Special Mention from Volkshochschule Jury, Klub Krytyki Filmowej SDP 1964 – Syrenka Warszawska / Warsaw Mermaid Award, Kraków MFFK 1964 – Złoty Smok Wawelski / Golden Dragon Award, Buenos Aires IFF 1964 – wyróżnienie / Special Mention, Cordoba IFF 1964 – wyróżnienie/ Special Mention, Montevideo IFF 1965 – Grand Prix, Paris Youth Biennale 1965 - wyróżnienie / Special Mention
language: no dialogues
colouration: b&w

An analysis of the fight for power, where not just clean methods are applied. Excellent for its visual simplicity and consistent anecdote, full of discreet humour.


The Letter
Litera
Poland 1962 / 11’
director: Daniel Szczechura
screenplay: Andrzej Błasiński
cinematography: Stanisław Śliskowski
music: Włodzimierz Kotoński
animation: Stanisław Śliskowski
visual design: Daniel Szczechura
producer: Leon Lewandowski
production: Studio Małych Form Filmowych Se-Ma-For w Łodzi
awards: Kraków OFFK 1963 – Brązowy Smok Wawelski / Bronze Dragon Award
language: Polish
colouration: b&w

An ironical treatise on ideology, which raises the crowd’s enthusiasm with the enigmatic letter “N” which finally turns out to be just a sarcastic joke and part of the word “THE END”.


The Machine
Maszyna
Poland 1961 / 6’
director: Daniel Szczechura
screenplay: Mirosław Kijowicz, Daniel Szczechura
cinematography: Stanisław Śliskowski
music: Włodzimierz Kotoński
animation: Stanisław Śliskowski
visual design: Daniel Szczechura
producer: Tadeusz Kowalski
production: Studio Filmów Lalkowych w Tuszynie
source of print: Filmoteka Narodowa
awards: Kraków OFFK 1962 – Bronze Dragon Award
language: no dialogues
colouration: b&w

The film ridicules the maniacal exaggeration, typical for the communist Poland. It speaks of the creation of a giant and complicated machine, designed to... sharpen pencils.


The Visit
Wizyta
Poland 1962 / 11’
director: Wojciech Solarz
screenplay: Wojciech Solarz
cinematography: Daniel Szczechura
cast: Wanda Koczeska, Adam Pawlikowski
production: PWSFTViT
language: Polish
colouration: b&w

A feature student etude. The main character comes home after an enjoyable evening. He can’t fall asleep; he hears strange, disturbing voices and sounds. Everything will be explained in the morning.

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