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76’

A Strange Event at a Bus Stop in X at 5 o’clock a.m.

Poland 1987 / 8’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Janusz Paszek
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

In a small town X, at 5 o'clock a.m. a strange individual with extraordinary transformation capabilities appears at a bus stop. One of the people who is waiting for a bus, calls for an ambulance, which takes away the individual whose originality was so irritating.

Dogs

Poland 1988 / 10’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Andrzej Łaba
production:Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych we Wrocławiu
sales:Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych we Wrocławiu
language:Polish

Dogs are the favourite characters of Sroczyński's films. They often wander in the background of the stories, casting raffish glances. This time they get the title roles.

End of the World

Poland 1988 / 4’

director:Krzysztof Kiwerski, Longin Szmyd
screenplay:Krzysztof Kiwerski, Longin Szmyd, Alexander Sroczyński, Tomasz Wolf
visual design:Krzysztof Kiwerski, Longin Szmyd
cinematography:Tadeusz Dzień
music:Janusz Grzywacz
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
language:Polish

A pastiche of a science fiction film. An inter-planetary walk. The Earth is closer and closer. Suddenly someone's fingers take the sphere and breaks it on the edge of a frying-pan. An egg comes out...

I Love Feratunos, or the Taste of Blood

Poland 1987 / 8’

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

A pastiche of a silent horror film. Count Overlok, who lives in Transylvania, changes into a vampire named Faretunos. His name is an anagram of the word Nosferatu.

Jelly Fish

Poland 1988 / 11’

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

Horror film. A man loses his brain, which exploded into the ceiling. At the same time a woman crashes his car. He invites her to a pub called The Jelly Fish. After an eventful night they come back home to live together with... the brain.

No More War!

Poland 1987 / 3’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Janusz Paszek
production:Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
source of print:Filmoteka Narodowa
awards:Bronze Hobby-Horse of Cracow
language:Polish

A turtle goes across a desert when he sees something that he mistakes for a female turtle. Unfortunately, intercourse fails, as it was not a female turtle, but...

Olo in New York

Poland 1994 / 25’

director:Rafał Mierzejewski
screenplay:Rafał Mierzejewski
cinematography:Andrzej Adamczak, Jerzy Murawski
production:Telewizja Polska Program 2
sales:Telewizja Polska SA
language:Polish

A documentary about Aleksander Sroczyński - an illustrator and animated film director who has lived in the United States since 1989. Discussion with the author and opinions of representatives of American art about his work. The whole film is enriched with excerpts of his films made in Poland and the United States.

What Cats Dream of

Poland 1987 / 7’

director:Alexander Sroczyński
screenplay:Alexander Sroczyński
visual design:Alexander Sroczyński
cinematography:Krzysztof Szyszka
music:Wojciech Trzciński
production:Telewizyjne Studio Filmów Animowanych w Poznaniu
sales:Telewizyjne Studio Filmów Animowanych w Poznaniu
language:Polish

Although Alexander Sroczyński is a famous fan of dogs, this time he tries to observe the psyche of cats.

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)