,,Ostatnie kino” is a short film directed by Łukasz Kajetan Pochylski, a multi-functional artist with connections to Toruń, who has implemented local motifs in his artistic work.
By using innovative and unusual production methods, Pochylski has managed to create a truly original and outstanding film. The film is based on a story inspired by the obsolete Elew 16 mm projector manufactured by Łódzkie Zakłady Kinotechniczne. The topic of the film is centred on the story of Jerzy, grandfather of the artist, who used to manage the last educational cinema in Poland, as his grandmother once put it. The film is built around a tale told by granny Krystyna, who talks about cinema, grandfather Jerzy and life. The narrator in the film is Tymon, son of Łukasz Kajetan Pochylski, and the role of grandfather Jerzy is played by Witold, father of the film director, and son Tymon (who plays the grandfather in his childhood years). The film was made using an original method, which combines digital and analogue techniques. The resulting film is a product of accumulated layers. It was made using a digital camera and the standard tools used in drawing, painting and graphic design. There were as many as 8,200 frames made by hand, during the making of the film.
This is what the artist himself said about his film project:
“My intention was to create something unconventional and so much different from the standard digital recording technique that is so common nowadays, and at the same creatively combine two film techniques: the analogue and digital recording methods. The idea was also to transform the process of making a film d’auteur into the form of a handicraft product. Finally, a fragment of the film was recorded on a 16mm film and it will be shown during the première from the projector that my grandfather used to screen films over 40 years ago, says Pochylski.
Kajetan Pochylski is a graphic artist, cinematographer, film editor, screenwriter and director. His artistic work and commitment is strictly related to the idea of local patriotism and a strong bond with his home region, where he lives and works. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and AMA Film Academy in Kraków, and also a Doctor of Fine Arts. He is involved in making documentary films and experimental film d’auteur. He was a two-time holder of a film scholarship granted by the Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie. His documentary films took part in film festivals, both in Poland and abroad, winning a number of nominations and awards.
The film was not screened at many festivals in Poland and in foreign countries, and won many awards, but also released in cinemas, for example in Wrocław, Łódź, Iran, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, and many others.
Information on the film
Poland 2019, 12′
Directed by: Kajetan Pochylski
Screenplay: Kajetan Pochylski
Animated by: Kajetan Pochylski
Edited by: Kajetan Pochylski
Cinematography: Kajetan Pochylski
Music: Maciej Tacher
18th edition of the Opolskie Lamy Film Festival in Opole; Lift-Off Sessions 2020, Buckinghamshire (England); Rising Of Lusitania – AnimaDoc Film Festival 2020 in Gdańsk; Animocje 2020 in Bydgoszcz; Animator 2020 in Poznań; 66th edition of Ogólnopolski Konkurs Filmów Niezależnych Okfa (the OKFA All-Poland Independent Film Competition) in Konin 2020: an honorary mention in the Independent Film category; screening at Coca Cola Plaza in Tallinn, as part of Pöff Shorts (Estonia); MDA/IAD 2020 (International Animation Day) 2020 and the 60th anniversary of the ASIFA (International Animated Film Association); Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival (Kiev, Ukraine); 8th edition of Ogólnopolski Festiwal Animacji O!Pla (All-Poland Animation Festival) 2020; Łódź: first prize in the Off&Go category, special award: a nomination for the Jan Machulski Polish International Cinema Award in the Best Animated Film category, special award: an invitation to the Main Competition at the 66th edition of Ogólnopolski Konkurs Filmów Niezależnych Okfa (the OKFA All-Poland Independent Film Competition) in Konin, 2020: special award: ‘A Takeaway Honorary Mention’ awarded by internet users.