KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN
O.V. in Polish subtitled in Spanish and English
In a universe adjacent to those of Roland Topor or David Shrigley, Mariusz Wilczyński's unraveled drawings are set in a thousand original ways in this surreal, raw, comical and slightly disturbing exploration of his memories, neuroses and childhood traumas in Lodz during the decline of communism in the 1970s, connected to his disenchanted present. Driven by the melancholic psychedelia of Tadeusz Nalepa ( from the band Breakout, take notes), and with a brief voice cameo by the great Andrzej Wajda, a therapeutic exercise in lo-fi animation that took him 11 years to complete, presented at the Berlinale and awarded in Annecy.
Direction: Mariusz Wilczyński
Script: Mariusz Wilczyński
Leading Animator: Agata Gorządek, Jakub Wroński
Editing: Jarosław Barzan
Music: Tadeusz Nalepa
Sound: Franciszek Kozłowski
Voice: Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Andrzej Wajda, Anja Rubik
Production: Ewa Puszczyńska, Agnieszka Ścibior
Production Company: Bombonierka
He was born in 1964, and studied Fine Arts at Łódź, graduating in 1986. He is a filmmaker and professor of animation at the Film School of Łódź, creating a long series of animated auteur films in a self-taught way during the last twenty years. Retrospectives of his work have been held at places such as the MoMA in New York, the National Museum of Brazil, the Tokyo International Forum and the National Museum in Warsaw, and his work has been shown at numerous festivals. He has co-directed live animation performances with symphony orchestras and has exhibited his drawings and paintings throughout the world. It took him eleven years to complete Kill It and Leave This Town (2020), which premiered at the Berlinale and won the Special Jury Prize at Annecy.