Ubij to in zapusti to mesto / Zabij to i wyjedź z tego miasta / Kill It and Leave This Town

Ubij to in zapusti to mesto / Zabij to i wyjedź z tego miasta / Kill It and Leave This Town

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Synopsis

Poland, 2020, 88', In Polish with Slovenian and English subtitles

Fleeing from despair after losing those dearest to him, the hero hides in a safe land of memories, where time stands still and all those dear to him are alive. Over the years, this city grows in his imagination. One day, literary heroes and childhood cartoon idols, who in the consciousness of the successive generations are forever young and wearing short pants, come to live there, uninvited. When our hero discovers they have all grown old and that eternal youth does not exist, he decides to return to real life, and the amazing characters living in his imagination lead him back to the real world.

Directed by: Mariusz Wilczyński
Written by: Mariusz Wilczynski
Art directors: Mariusz Wilczynski, Piotr Szczepanowicz
Music: Tadeusz Nalepa
Sound Design: Franciszek Kozlowski
Editing: Jarosław Barzan
Voices: Anja Rubik, Andrzej Wajda, Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Małgorzata Kożuchowska, Barbara Krafftówna, Anna Dymna, Marek Kondrat, Gustaw Holoubek, Irena Kwiatkowska, Tomasz Stańko
Producers: Agnieszka Scibior, Ewa Puszczynska
Production: Bombonierka/Extreme Emotions/Iam – Adam Mickiewicz Institute/EC1 Lodz – City of Culture/Letko/Di Factory/Gigant Films/Polish Film Institute
Distribution: Outsider Pictures

For the first four years, I worked on the film alone. I live in a forest outside of Warsaw. It’s peaceful there; I made hundreds of drawings, and I was cramming them into a 20-minute film. Then I was joined by two other people: editor Jarek Barzan and sound editor Franek Kozłowski, with whom I started to record the voices of the artists who appear on the screen. The first person we recorded was actress Irena Kwiatkowska, who was already weak at the time, but she gave a wonderful performance. For the next ten years, we recorded many more voices with Franek. Then a group of animators joined me and helped me with the drawing.
-Mariusz Wilczyński

In my own way, I wanted to finish an interrupted conversation with my parents. They are gone now, and I had no time to talk to them or take better care of them when there was still time. Daily life was all-consuming, as there was always something to do or someone to meet... You tell your parents, “Let’s talk tomorrow,” but sometimes there is no tomorrow. I have noticed that this particular theme really moved many people in the audience.
-Mariusz Wilczyński

Awards and festivals (selection):
- Official Selection – Encounters, Berlinale 2020
- Jury Distinction Award, Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2020
- Best Film, Ottawa International Animated Film Festival 2020
- Critics Jury Award, Palić IFF 2020
- FIPRESCI Prize, Viennale 2020

Film info

Directed by: Mariusz Wilczyński
Production: Bombonierka/Extreme Emotions/Iam – Adam Mickiewicz Institute/EC1 Lodz – City of Culture/Letko/Di Factory/Gigant Films/Polish Film Institute
Festival programme: Animated Feature Films
Year: 2020
Length: 88'
Country: Poland