The Gentle Giant

POL 2016 11’
29.09 TH 16.30, 30.09 FR 15.00 @Katowice City of Gardens: room 211

DIRECTED BY: Marcin Podolec
SCREENPLAY BY: Marcin Podolec

“The Gentle Giant” is another animated document by Marcin Podolec, whose characteristic drawings turn the protagonist’s logorrhea into a series of expressive, black-and-white images. This time, the narrator is a poet – a verse-battler and veteran of poetry slams. The artist’s introspective story describes the tough beginnings, family relations and his struggle against one’s limits in both life and art. The director’s visual style perfectly blends with the protagonist’s words and complements them, giving an original form to his thoughts, feelings and memories, at the same time referencing to comic strip classics such as ”Peanuts” by Charles Schultz. Piotr Markowicz and Rafał Samborski – the men behind the soundtrack – made sure that the story flows with an appropriate rhythm.

Marcin Podolec

Comic author, animator, Lodz Film School graduate. Author of graphic novels such as “Captain Sheer”, “Fugazi Music Club” and his comic book interview – “Smoke”. His animation “A Documentary Film” was screened at many festivals and received plenty of accolades, including the Black Horse of Animation at Ars Independent 2015.

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