A Nervous Life of Cosmos

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The animator’s camera thoroughly penetrating the universe stops at one of the planets. It is inhabited by strange little people reminiscent of characters from famous fairy tales, but this is only an apparent association. In their behaviour, they manifest plenty of guilefulness, maliciousness, mutual hostility and a large dose of cruelty. Dumała continues to apply his insightful approach, full of black, pure nonsense humour, to the ‘earthly’ reality around us, increasingly more hostile and incomprehensible, in equally witty stories presented in A Nervous Life 1 (1993) and A Nervous Life 2 (1994).

directed by
Piotr Dumała

Piotr Dumała – animated and feature film director and graphic artist. He was born in 1956. His films, including A Gentle Creature (1985), Freedom of the Leg (1988), Franz Kafka (1991) and Crime and Punishment (2000) won over 70 awards at international festivals (among others, in Kraków, Zagreb, Annecy). In 2009 he made his feature debut The Forest. Dumała teaches at the Film School in Łódź, Konstfack College in Eksjo and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Andrzej Teodorczyk
Piotr Dumała
animated by
Piotr Dumała
Janusz Hajdun
Mieczysław Janik
Henryka Sitek
(Studio Małych Form Filmowych Se-Ma-For)
Kadr z filmu A Nervous Life of Cosmos