The Gentle One

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Graphically impressive and full of psychological depth, the film is a vision of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s short story. It is a suggestive study of jealousy and hatred emphasised by the unconventional animation technique and the subtle music by Zygmunt Konieczny. These are not words but images and music that lead the narration of this poignant story. A Gentle Spirit was adapted for the screen by, among others, Robert Bresson (1969) and Mariusz Treliński (1995), but Piotr Dumała in his 11-minute animated adaptation seems to be the closest to the spirit of Dostoyevsky’s prose. Awarded in Mannheim, Zamość and Łagów, the film won the Bronze Hobby Horse and the Golden Dragon in Kraków (1985).

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.

Barbara Stankiewicz
Piotr Dumała
animated by
Piotr Dumała, Wojciech Wojtkowski
Zygmunt Konieczny
Hanna Michalewicz
(Studio Miniatur Filmowych)
Kadr z filmu The Gentle One