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Set Olo Sroczyński 1

85’

7.30 p.m.

Poland 1982 / 2’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Tomasz Wolf
music:Marek Wilczyński
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

A desperate man hangs himself on a lamp hook. He is so heavy that an entire segment of the block of flats collapses. His family doesn't notice the fact, because they are watching the TV Daily News. There were such times in Poland, when the majority of society gathered in front of their TV sets for the news program. Truth of the time, truth of a screen.

8 and ¾

Poland 1981 / 8’

director:Bronisław Zeman
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński, Bronisław Zeman
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Dorota Poraniewska
music:Bogumił Pasternak
production:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
sales:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
language:Polish

Eight and three-fourths of jokes with a medley of points, which surprise spectators with their absurdity and grotesqueness, leading to funny although not always cheerful, reflections.

Adam and Eve

Poland 1983 / 4’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Jan Skrabalak
music:Krzysztof Suchodolski
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

A joke typical for black humour: when tempted by the devil, Adam and Eve prefer something else over the apple...

Anima, odc. V - Alexander Sroczyński

Poland 2000 / 20’

director:Jerzy Armata
screenplay:Jerzy Armata
cinematography:Henryk Kępa
production:TOProduction dla TVP Polonia
source of print:Telewizja Polska SA
language:polska Polish

Anima is an original series by Jerzy Armata, composed of 36 episodes and produced by the company TOProduction from Cracow between 2000-2002 for TVP Polonia. It presents the works of leading Polish animators. Episode 5 focused on the work of Aleksander Sroczyński. The artist, who worked in Cracow and New York, is described by the composer Marek Wilczyński, who worked with him, by the director Longin Szmyd, his close friend and by the author of this series.

Animated Film

Poland 1982 / 20’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Jan Skrabalak, Tomasz Wolf
music:Alexander Sroczyński
cast:Alexander Sroczyński, Anna Grzybowska, Olga Michnik, Iwona Zwoźniak, Zdzisława Solska
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
awards:Bronze Hobby-Horse of Cracow, IFF Chicago 1983 - Srebrna Plakietka / Silver Plaque, ISFF Oberhausen 1984 - nagroda FICC FICC Award
language:Polish

A grotesque story about the adventures of a couple of tiny people who get lost. The film employs and travesties situations and jokes from various film genres - burlesque, horror, science fiction, thriller.

Fishing

Poland 1982 / 2’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Tomasz Wolf
music:Krzysztof Suchodolski
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

A man is sitting on a shore, with his fishing rod in the water. He is waiting for a fish. Soon, a big fish appears, but it hopes for good fishing too...

NGC

Poland 1983 / 8’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Marek Norek
music:Krzysztof Suchodolski
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

A science fiction film with a touch of horror. A plasma, which comes out of a spacecraft lands on a road, takes the shape of an attractive alien. She is given a lift by an elderly lady-killer. He doesn't even imagine what attractions lie ahead.

One Can Hear More Than the Grass Grow

Poland 1981 / 10’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Dorota Poraniewska
music:Marek Małecki
production:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
sales:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
awards:OKAFA Kraków1983 - wyróżnienie honorowe / Special Mension
language:Polish

A funny story about two tiny people in love, who live on a strawberry field and are constantly haunted by the rather unfriendly surroundings has a slight touch of horror. One day they see a giant hand of a man, who picks fruit...

The Hotel

Poland 1981 / 2’

director:Ryszard Lepióra
screenplay:Ryszard Lepióra, Tadeusz Wierzbicki
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Dorota Poraniewska
music:Zbigniew Lampart
production:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
sales:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
language:Polish

A man with a dog comes to an old hotel. Formalities last a long time. It's midnight. A female skeleton comes out from behind a clock and she tries to seduce the man, who escapes, scared. After a moment the dog comes with...

The Through

Poland 1981 / 2’

director:Ryszard Lepióra
screenplay:Ryszard Lepióra, Tadeusz Wierzbicki
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Dorota Poraniewska
music:Zbigniew Lampart
production:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
sales:Studio Filmów Rysunkowych w Bielsku-Białej
language:Polish

Dirty pigs malevolently watch the clean new-comer. Only after he gets dirty in the trough, is he admitted into the exclusive circle.

Vice Versa

Poland 1983 / 3’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Marek Norek
music:Krzysztof Suchodolski
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

A malicious bird, sitting on a tree, makes a mess on the head of a man who was flirting with a lovely woman in a park. The unlucky lover, angry, decides to take revenge. He chooses an original, yet simple way to do so...

Wilhelm Tell

Poland 1983 / 4’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Marek Norek
music:Krzysztof Suchodolski
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

A joke typical for black humour. As a result of the famous cross-bow feat by Wilhelm Tell, with an apple on somebody's head, two people are killed...

Aleksander Sroczyński, born on 19.03.1953 in Poznań, is a screen-writer, visual designer and director of animated films, artist and illustrator. He graduated in 1981 from the Department of Graphic Arts at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow where he had studied at the Film Drawing Lab. He also completed a Post-graduate Study in Animated and Experimental Film Direction at the National Film, Television & Theatre School in Łódź (1983). He illustrates books and draws satirical pictures, collaborating with various magazines, including: Karuzela, Szpilki, Lui, Harakiri, Mensuel Charlie, and Playboy. Initially, he worked at the Cartoon Studio in Bielsko-Biala, and from 1981 at the Animated Films Studio in Cracow. He created an animation technique he himself calls "grease picture" (characters and objects move on a background, which is initially varnished and then covered with Vaseline; thus the cut-out figures may move easily on the background, which allows for a very fast speed). He successfully combines commercial art with authorial ambitions. His films are a collage of intelligence, imagination and humour; he ennobles gags and pure nonsense humour. He believes in the immeasurable potential of animation. He received an honourable award at the 2nd Polish Competition of Original Animated Film in Cracow (1983) for the film More than the Grass Grow, a Bronze Hobby-Horse of Cracow for animated films at the 23rd Cracow Film Festival (1983), a Silver Plaque at the 19th International Film Festival in Chicago (1983) and a FICC Award at the 30th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen (1984) for the Animated Film, an honourable award at the 3rd Polish Competition of Original Animated Film in Cracow (1985) for The First Aid Kit, a Bronze Hobby-Horse of Cracow at the 28th Cracow Film Festival (1988) for No more war!, a Grand Prix - Golden Deer at the One-Minute-Long Film Festival Mini-Max in Sosnowiec in 1988 for a set of films - Vice Versa, No more war!, 7:30 p.m., Fishing (1988). and an honourable award at the 6th Festival of Young Polish Cinema '88 in Gdańsk in 1989. Since 1989 he has been living and working in the United States. He illustrates books (including making drawings for children's books written by Whoopi Goldberg), designs covers for music albums, makes press drawings and participates in the production of animated films and series. Rafał Mierzejewski made a film about him, entitled Olo in New York (1994) and one episode of Jerzy Armata's series Anima (2000) described Sroczyński as well.

Filmography (as a director):

1981 W trawie nie tylko piszczy... / More Than the Grass Grow (kr.m./short)

1982 Połów/ Fishing (kr.m./short)

1982 19.30 / 7.30 p. m. (kr.m./short)

1982 Film animowany / The Animated Film (kr.m./short)

1983 Adam i Ewa / Adam and Eve (kr.m./short)

1983 Wilhelm Tell (kr.m./short)

1983 NGC (kr.m./short)

1983 Vice versa / Vice Versa (kr.m./short)

1983 Apteczka pierwszej pomocy / The First Aid Kit (kr.m./short)

1983 Czwarty kanał / Fourth Channel (kr.m./short)

1984 Ani be!... ani me!... z udziałem Audrey Hepburn / Not a Word! Not a Sound! Starring Audrey Hepburn (kr.m./short)

1984 Nostalgia / Nostalgy (kr.m./short)

1984 Niespodziewane odwiedziny, czyli... droga do sąsiada / Unexpected Visit or... a Road to a Neighbour's House (kr.m./short)

1985 Ogólnopolski Konkurs Autorskiego Filmu Animowanego w Krakowie / Polish Competition of Original Animated Film in Cracow (kr.m./short)

1985 Transatlantyk widmo / Ghost Transatlantic (kr.m./short)

1985 2013 Odyseja kosmiczna / 2013 A Space Odyssey (kr.m./short)

1986 Szampon Bari / Bari Shampoo (kr.m./short)

1986 With a Light (współreż. / co-dir., kr.m./short)

1987 Dziwne zdarzenie na przystanku autobusowym o piątej rano w miejscowości X / A Strange Event at a Bus Stop in X at 5 o'clock a.m. (kr.m./short)

1987 I love Feratunos, czyli smak krwi / I Love Feratunos, or the Taste of Blood (kr.m./short)

1987 Nigdy więcej wojny! / No More War! (kr.m./short)

1987 O czym marzą koty / What Cats Dream of (kr.m./short)

1988 Meduza / Jelly Fish (kr.m./short)

1988 Psy / Dogs (kr.m./short)