Freedom of the Leg

Poland1988animated10'Piotr Dumała Retrospective

The protagonist of this perverse animation falls into pieces during his dream. The individual fragments of his body disperse around the bedroom and start their independent existence. In the morning, at the sound of the alarm clock they return into place in bed, except for the leg that chose liberty and left the room. In this surreal story devoted to freedom, and specifically to the right of individual human body parts to a free gesture, poetry is mixed with prose and reality with surreal and pure nonsense wit resulting in a fantastic collage whose main determinant is the power of imagination.

directed by
Piotr DumałaQ&A guest

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.

cinematography
Grzegorz Świetlikowski, Krzysztof Męcina
script
Piotr Dumała
animated by
Piotr Dumała
music
Janusz Hajdun, Mariusz Stopnicki
sound
Mieczysław Janik
editing
Henryka Sitek, Marek Lewandowski
production
(Studio Małych Form Filmowych Se-Ma-For)
Photo
Kadr z filmu Freedom of the Leg