Polish film première
20.09.2015 (Sunday), 7.00 PM
‘Sokół’ cinema, ul. Orkana 2, Zakopane
Secret Sharer is a contemporary story which is full of twists that is told in an epic style and with a sense of humor. The main theme is the journey of a young man towards maturity which leads him through troubled waters and meandering relationships. The main character is played by Jack Laskey (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), as the Polish romantic hero ‘Konrad’ in the form of a merchant navy captain who arrives in China from Europe in search of adventure and fortune. The Chinese actress and TV star Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas) plays the mysterious Li whose life Konrad saves.
Combining uncertainty and eroticism, the Secret Sharer is a contemporary fictional story about relationships between people at sea, inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella of the same title, as well as the travels and adventures of the Polish-born author. The screenwriter and director Piotr Fudakowski spent six years creating the script for the Secret Sharer. By adding modern elements Fudakowski has created a fascinating film, which keeps the spirit of Conrad’s work while at the same time corresponding it to today’s cinematography and reality.
Peter Fudakowski – director, writer, producer
Secret Sharer is the first film directed by Piotr Fudakowski, who also wrote the screenplay. Piotr began writing screenplays in 1994. Together with his wife Henrietta, he has produced numerous feature films, including Tsotsi, Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005. Piotr Fudakowski graduated in economics from Cambridge University, where he also held the prestigious position of Chairman of the Union Society. As executive producer, he has been involved in the creation of films such as: The Last September (1999) starring Maggie Smith, Fiona Shaw and Michael Gambon; Bugs 3D IMAX (2003) narrated by Judi Dench; In My Country (2004) starring Juliette Binoche and Samuel L. Jackson; Keeping Mum (2005) starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith; Piccadilly Jim (2005) starring Brenda Blethyn, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Rockwell; and Hysteria (2011) starring Maggie Gyllenhall, Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett. He is currently working on a forthcoming film called Coram’s Children.
EWA FORTUNA “CAPTURED IN TIME”
Exhibition of textile and collages
Exhibition opening 11.09.2015 (Friday), 5.00 PM
‟Dom Pod Jedlami” [House under the Firs], Droga na Koziniec 1, Zakopane
The theme of the collages are eminent people who lived and worked in Zakopane such as Karol Szymanowski, Karłowicz, Count Władysław Zamoyski, Stanisław Witkiewicz and Tadeusz Brzozowski. The technique applied in those collages combines painting, different textiles with natural plant motifs. In the textiles, landscapes become a form that is often almost abstract. Sometimes, the pretext of its expression is a perspective, sometimes a plant with its incredible texture and finally a detail that is etched in the memory of the artist.
Ewa Fortuna was born in Zakopane. She graduated with a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 1970. She creates artistic textiles, pastel paintings and collages. Her work is an expression of nature and her perception of the surrounding natural world. Her works show a fascination with material, texture – its rhythm, colour and space.
She has participated in over 100 group and individual exhibitions. She was awarded the Prize of the Mayor of Zakopane in 2011, as well as a ZPAP [The Association of Polish Visual Arts] prize in 2011.
April 30 – September 30, 2015
Perimeter fence of the University Hospital of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, ul. Oswald Balzer 15, Zakopane
Kilar features a series of photographs taken in 2012 of the late Polish film composer, Wojciech Kilar, at his home. Kilar was a prolific classical and film music composer who is today perhaps best known for the soundtracks of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1993) and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (2002). Bartek Barczyk gained rare access as the only photographer in recent years to be invited by Wojciech Kilar for a photo session at his home. For the photographer it was an attempt to record the last years of the award-winning film composer. The aim of the photos was not the photos themselves, but the encounter with a man. Therefore, the result became the visualization of fragments of thoughts depicted in shades of gray.
Bartek Barczyk- is an award-winning photographer, who has, for 12 years, been a photojournalist associated with the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. He is now the official photographer of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He has portrayed, among others, people like Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Penderecki, Soyoung Yoon, Aleksander Liebreich, Agata Szymczewska and the great-granddaughter of Wagner – Daphne Wagner.
The exhibition opened on 9 May 2015 at Villa Kmicic, ul. Staszica 11a, Zakopane.
“HARNASIE” MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
August 4, 2012
Square below the Ski Jump, Zakopane
Harnasie is a performance which is respectful of tradition and also a perfect illustration of current trends and creative pursuits. The director and choreographer of the performance, Kaya Kołodziejczyk, merged fragments of two great works of Classical music (Krzesany by Wojciech Kilar and Harnasie by Karol Szymanowski) which inspire reflection on tradition, folklore and the possibilities of their new interpretation. And so, inspired by the history of highlander dances, the extremely dynamic Krzesany by Kilar acts here as a catalyst to stimulate the enthusiasm and excitement of the audience. Considered the most outstanding work of symphonic ballet, and drawing on melodies from the Podhale region, Harnasie by Szymanowski becomes a pretext to remind us of highlander traditions and folk tales about brigands in the Tatras. Based on the first draft of the score and Szymanowski’s original libretto, Kaya Kołodziejczyk created a spectacle drawing on authentic and modern folklore. She, therefore, invited dancers from all over Poland representing different aesthetics and styles. The show also featured a traditional highlander music performance by Trebunie –Tutki, comprising indigenous artists of the Podhale region.
The undoubted strengths of Harnasie are the wonderful compositions by Szymanowski and Kilar, the original sound of the folk band and the lively energy of the dancing. This is a rare performance combining the beauty and colour of Classical music with contemporary art, elements of tradition and modernity. The open-air premiere of Harnasie was held on August 4 at the Ski Jump in Zakopane and inaugurated the IV “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival. It was such a success that Harnasie will be presented during the Days of the Małopolska Region in Brussels!
June 10 – September 30, 2014
Before / After
University Hospital of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, ul. Oswald Balzer 15
A series of photographs of artists, which documented the IV “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival in 2013. The idea behind the exhibition was to capture in photos the emotions that are associated with performing in front of an audience. Each artist was asked to pose just before entering the stage and immediately after stepping off the stage. She has created a series of diptychs featuring various, sometimes surprising, reactions of the performing artists. Magda is a visual artist, photographer, theatrical set designer and traveller. She graduated from the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Arts at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the School of Design in St. Gallen (Switzerland). In 2001, she was awarded a scholarship from the town of Sopot.
In 2002 she founded the hueckelserafin photographic duo (along with Agata Serafin), which in 2004 was awarded a Mayor of Sopot award for young artists. In 2009 she received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2002 she has worked with Tomasz Sliwinski in photography and film-making. In 2013, the movie Our Curse was nominated for the Pardi di Domani award at the Locarno festival, was mentioned at the 2013 T-Mobile New Horizons festival, won first prize at the International Short Film Festival Eureka, and was nominated for the Silver Eye Award in Jihlava (Czech Republic). In turn, Our Curse was premiered and honoured at the EtiudaAnima festival in Krakow. In 2013, she published a photo album entitled Anima. She works with Krzysztof Warlikowski’s New Theatre, and is associated with Piekary Gallery (Poznań), the Wanted gallery in Paris (France), the Millennium Agency (Great Britain) and more than a dozen theatres in Poland. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world.
September 5 – 30, 2014
The Helena Modrzejewska Café, Morskie Oko Hotel, ul. Krupówki 30
Music was performed by the Cracow Clarinet Quartet.
Works by Sławek Gruca encourage us to reflect on what it is to be a man and the world. The stories depicted in the pictures, which are decorated in a melancholic and surreal atmosphere, seem to be universal. Sadness, ridicule, fear, love and tears – everything is perfectly combined into one story. Combining different, often extreme moods, is a specialty of the artist. Gruca’s work encourages viewers to explore their own world in the world depicted in the drawings.
Sławek Gruca is an artist, photographer and graphic designer. He graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Higher School of Pedagogy in Częstochowa, graduating with honours in the graphic arts. He initially worked primarily with ink, but has since specialized in using oil pastels, with which he has evolved his own technique. The artist has displayed his work in several galleries across Poland and abroad, as well as in his own gallery. He has won several art competitions, including Satyrykon in Legnica. He also designs book covers, posters and theatrical set designs. Regularly cooperates with the Fronteras Inútiles theater in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Czestochowa, and the publishing house, Muza. The Turkish publishing house Aylak Adam has already published several books with covers designed by Gruca. Sławek Gruca’s works can be found in private collections across Poland and abroad, and the artist is pleased to support various types of charity auctions.
September 4 – 21, 2014
The Karol Szymanowski Museum at “Atma” villa in Zakopane, ul. Kasprusie 19
The artist, as she says, is fond of sports because she loves movement, energy and passion; she is also close to music and dance because strength, positive vibes, expression, emotion and sensitivity to beauty flow from them. All of this can be found on her subtly drawn, yet energetic brushstrokes.
MAGDALENA GĄDEK-POSADZKI is a Zakopane-born architect and artist who studied at the Antoni Kenar School of Fine Arts and Krakow Polytechnic (Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning). She also studied for a year in Valencia (Spain). She graduated in 2009 with a combined diploma from Krakow and Münster polytechnics. She paints and designs prints, and she also does sculpture and the graphic arts. She has exhibited her works in Germany, Abu Dhabi and England.