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Art Alert: Polish Short Waves film festival reaches Egypt, screenings at Zawya

Originating in Poland, this year's Short Waves festival reaches out to over 40 countries across the globe. Screenings in Egypt will take place at Zawya

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Mar 2015
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Dedicated to short Polish and international films, the Short Waves festival reaches its seventh year this month.

The Short Waves festival's organisers reveal on their website that they aim at providing an intimate and engaging, one of a kind  experience, to audiences worldwide.

The international festival began on 6 March with seven short Polish films touring across the world and being screened in over 40 countries and 90 cities.

The selection -- animation, documentary, fiction etc. -- will reach Cairo on 15 March, with films being screened consecutively. 

While touring with the selection of Polish films, the festival will also screen a large portion of the films in it's home-city, Poznan, Poland between 22 and 29 March. In Poznan, the event will be accompanied by the film posters' workshop.

Screenings will begin on Sunday 15 March at 6.30pm at Zawya
Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel-Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo


Program:

The Supreme (Najwyzszy)
Director: Catherine Gondek
Documentary, 2014, duration 20mins

The director looks into the giant sculpture of John Pope II to analyse the many in-betweens characterising the world of sculpture and the concept of majesty. As spectators, we reach a stage of disbelief while exploring the building of faith.

'Fish Emade' Material -- Dust (Fish Emade Tworzywo -- Pyl)
Director: Marek Skrzecz
Video, 2014 / 4'41"

With many films and literary works focusing on national holidays such as Christmas, the director decides to look into the celebration of the 52 Saturdays throughout the year. The story follows a tractor driver who can dance the transformations of the Polish countryside on Saturdays throughout the year. 

Blue Room (Niebieski Pokoj) 
Director: Thomas Siwiński
Animation, 2014, 14'26"

The director chose blue -- the colour that is usually associated with soothing emotions -- to depict pain. Along with the protagonists, we find ourselves inside a blue room with no exit. All we have at our disposal is a view. 

The Fragments (Fragmenty) 
Director: Aga Woszczyńska
Synopsis, 2014, 25 '

The world presented in The Fragments breaks down slowly. A pair of protagonists complain about the reality and the room for emotions is narrowed to a minimum.  

It Would Have Been Something Beautiful (To Byloby Cos Pieknego)
Director: Anna Morawiec
Documentary, 2014, 17'

After discovering what social security in Poland promises for her in old age, Alexandra decides to live on MarsThe documentary looks into the relation between the Polish pension system and the cosmos.  

The Dumplings - Technicolor Yawn
Director: Arek Nowakowski
Video, 2014, 2'22"

Though you must have already lived and seen a lot, the director of this short video promises to offer something that will keep you entertained. 

Bath (Laznia) 
Director: Tom Ducki
Animation, 2013, 4'20"

As per their regular practice, two older women plan to swim their usual distance. This time however, something unexpected happens... 

 

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