Franz Kafka

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Dumała’s plasterboard animation films abundantly draw on literary classics ranging from the world of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the internal landscapes of Franz Kafka. This one, made in the convention of an animated documentary, focuses on the life and work of a genius from the early 20th century Prague. It needs to be noted that many masters of animation, including Caroline Leaf, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Koji Yamamura and Longin Szmyd, have been interested in the biography and literature of Franz Kafka. Dumała’s unconventional biopic, awarded with the Bronze Dragon and the statuette of Don Quixote (1992), is the leader among them.

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.

Jan Maciej Ptasiński, Adam Dąbrowski, Barbara Stankiewicz, Adam Mickiewicz
Piotr Dumała
animated by
Piotr Dumała
Janusz Hajdun
Hanna Michalewicz
(Studio Miniatur Filmowych)
Kadr z filmu Franz Kafka