The National Center for Film Culture presents an installation dedicated to a cinematic pioneer, Kazimierz Prószyński, an outstanding inventor and visionary who, in his work to bring pictures to life, surpassed even the Lumière brothers.
The installation is the first in Poland to present these previously unavailable materials, including one of several surviving films that Prószyński himself worked on from the National Science and Media Museum collection in Bradford. Festival audiences will also see the only copy of Kazimierz Prószyński's biopleograph in the world, which was reconstructed by the National Center for Film Culture and Janusz Król based on surviving descriptions and the only three existing photographs. This will be just the second presentation of this device in Poland. The biopleograph will also serve the National Center of Film Culture this year for the launch of an experiment: the reconstruction, using technology from the late 19th century, of Poland's first fictional film, The Return of the Reveler, which was lost during World War II.