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Kill it and Leave this town

Mariusz Wilczynski
Poland 2020 / 88’

A city grows out of all proportion in the main character’s imagination. He has taken refuge to escape time and to live amongst literary and animated characters who stay young forever. However, old age reaches them even in this imaginary city. The making of this full-length film lasted 14 years and, although conceived as a short film, this work, like in other authors of contemporary Polish cinema, is characterized by a non-linear form of narration. It was lengthened by the continuous addition of new scenes and characters. 

This is a traditional animation hand-drawn on paper of different sizes, the urban landscapes are 5cm long and 1cm high. Effects like rain drops on the windows, lamps turned on, neon lights, were shot live and then transposed digitally onto the drawn scenography. 

Soggetto, sceneggiatura, animazione: Mariusz Wilczynski
Supervisione artistica: Piotr Sczcepanowicz
Montaggio: Tadeusx Nalepa
Produzione: Bombonierka
Voci: Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewsk, Małgorzata Kouchowska, Barbara Krafftòwna, Anna Dymna, Marek Kondrat, Gustaw Holoubek, Irena Kwiatowska, Andrzej Wajda, Daniel Olbrychski, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Anja Rubik.

Mariusz Wilczynski

A Polish self-taught Director and Animator, he has been making animation films since the 1990’s and now teaches animation at the National School of Cinema, Television and Theatre in Łódź. Retrospectives have been dedicated to his work at the MoMa in New York, the National Museum, Brazil and the Tokyo International Forum. His full-length film Kill It and Leave This Town was put forward in the Berlinale contest, 2020. He realizes performances of live design with different musical ensemble: from Rock bands to Symphonic Orchestras.