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Date(s) - 05/01/2016
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Manchaca Road Branch: APL

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Polish Monthly Film Screening – Sunday, May 1 at 3:30pm

Wenecja - Film Jana Jakuba Kolskiego

WHAT: Venice / Wenecja, 2010, , English subtitles, 110 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, May 1 at 3:30pm
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Direction: Jan Jakub Kolski
Screenplay: Jan Jakub Kolski
Cinematography: Artur Reinhart
Music: Dariusz Górniok

Marcin Walewski, Magdalena Cielecka, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska, and other.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/12451934

Cameraimage, 2010 – Golden Frog for cinematography
Montréal World Film Festival 2010 – Best Artistic Contribution for the director
Eagle – Polish Film Awards 2011 – Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Costume Design

When the outbreak of the WWII in Poland in 1939 crushes 11-year-old Marek’s dream of a summer trip to Venice, he tries to escape the frightening reality into which he’s suddenly been thrown by hiding in his aunt’s basement—until it’s flooded by a violent storm. Devising a plan to distract her nephew from the horrors outside, she helps him undertake his journey after all as they construct a replica of Venice, its islands rising out of the water. Together they enter into a subterranean dream world—which begins to seem more real than the one aboveground.

Director Jan Jakub Kolski shows his mastery of magic realism with Venice, which is based on a novel by the prolific writer Wlodzimierz Odojewski, who has said that his aim in writing is to preserve the memory of a bygone world: “I have summoned up a past full of human emotions, human suffering, fear, love and hatred—but a past rooted in historical fact.” Seeking likewise to balance the mythical with the authentic, Kolski did a national talent search to cast Marek, finally settling on young veteran television actor Marcin Walewski.
(By Juliet Sherwood , In cooperation with Kosciuszko Foundation)

Interesting review here: www.theskykid.com/venice-2010-review