Love in Times of Coal-Based Economy

Poland, Croatia2021animated12'International Short Film CompetitionNational Competition

The winter of 1963 in Poland was the harshest in many years. Zbyszek, overwhelmed by the cold and his work in a mine, attempts to commit suicide. Only a voice-over from the TV and his love for Alina , a mine crane operator, keep him alive. Will the energy emanating from a lump of coal give him enough strength to survive? A dark and disturbing animation showing a physically and mentally exhausted man who is losing hope for a better future. The animation in the style of socialist realism posters and monuments is contrasted with elements of fantasy and miners’ beliefs, subtly woven into the plot.

directed by
Q&A guest, portret reżysera
Tomasz SiwińskiQ&A guest

Film director, screenwriter, painter and animator He was born in 1982 in Koszalin. He studied at the Multimedia Communication Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań (in the field of Photography) as well as at the Painting Department and the Animated Film Studio of Jerzy Kucia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Along with his artistic films, he also develops documentary animations, such as, e.g. "Moczarski’s Case". His films have been screened and awarded at festivals in Poland and abroad. His picture "A Blue Room" (2014) has won the Silver Hobby Horse at the 55th Krakow Film Festival.

script
Tomasz Siwiński
animated by
Julia Kożuszek, Michalina Musialik, Maria Kulpa, Justyna Pazdan
music
Kamil Pawłowski, Szymon Herbuś
sound
Michał Fojcik
editing
Tomasz Siwiński
production
Piotr Szczepanowicz, Jakub Karwowski (Letko)
Photo
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