Konfrontacje: Pokaz filmu Escape i spotkanie z Agnieszką Piotrowską
09 listopada 2017 (czwartek) godz. 18.30
Prelekcja Prof. Thomas Elsaesser (The University of Amsterdam)
Konfrontacje: SPOTKANIE Z AGNIESZKĄ PIOTROWSKĄ / prowadzenie spotkania Prof. dr. hab. Mirosław Przylipiak
Pokaz filmu ESCAPE (2016)
reż. Agnieszka Piotrowska,Joe Njagu, Wielka Brytania, Zimbabwe, 86 min.
WSTĘP WOLNY! Pokaz w wersji anglojęzycznej
Directors Agnieszka Piotrowska and Joe Njagu
Screenplay Agnieszka Piotrowska
Producer Agnieszka Piotrowska
Co – Producers: Joe Njagu, Eric Witzgall, Stewart Cornes, Brendon Sole, Carolyn Sole
Director of Photography Joe Njagu
Film Editor Anna Dobrowodzka
Production Designer Josh Changa
Costume Designer Alice Knuth
Music Selmor Mtkudzi Lovedale Discord, Mafriq, Guy Michelmore
Escape is the first feature film of a collaborative partnership Thinking Films – a partnership between Agnieszka Piotrowska and Joe Njagu. The film was premiered at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival in October 2016 to great crowds and critical acclaim. It was nominated for nine awards including the Best Picture and Best Director and won two Awards (Best Actor: Eddie Sandifolo and Best Actress: Nothando Nobengula)f.In February 2017 the film was nominated for the best full length production at the National Music and Arts Awards in Zimbabwe.
Escape is a film noir fairy tale. It draws from Western traditions as well as African mythologies – it touches upon serious issues such as child marriage and identity but it is also a happy story. A young mixed race man called Charles learn from his white mother who is dying in London that she had lied about his childhood and background. She tells him he is half Zimbabwean and he must go to Harare to find his father. Charles does go and what ensues is a tale of a stranger in town who tries to find his father but also tries to come to grips with the realities of living in Zimbabwe. He immediately gets involved with a young wife of the old hotel owner (Tsitsi) who pretends to be religious but is in fact a femme fatale, trying to seduce Charles into committing a crime.
Agnieszka Piotrowska (PhD) is an award winning documentary film maker best known for her acclaimed documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008). Recently she has made 4 fiction shorts in Zimbabwe as well as an acclaimed documentary Lovers in Time or How We Didn’t Get Arrested in Harare (2015). She also writes books about psychoanalysis and film. In 2015 Njagu and Piotrowska set up a partnership in Harare, Zimbabwe, called Thinking Films and Escape is their first feature film made through that company.
Joe Njagu is one of Zimbabwe’s premiere filmmakers. He was the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the summer of 2016. As a director he made Lobola (2010) and The Gentleman (2011) and has worked extensively on shorts, documentaries and commercials in Zimbabwe. Escape is his first film as the DP.
Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2012 he was Visiting Professor at Yale University, and since 2013 teaches part-time at Columbia University. Besides publishing over 200 essays in journals and collections, he has authored, edited and co-edited some 20 volumes on film history, film theory, German and European cinema, Hollywood, Media archaeology, New Media and Installation Art. His books have been translated, among others into French, German, Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Turkish.
Among his recent books as author are: German Cinema – Terror and Trauma:Cultural Memory Since 1945 (New York: Routledge, 2013) and (with Malte Hagener) Film Theory – An Introduction through the Senses (2nd edition, New York: Routledge, 2015). He is currently completing a book on European Cinema and Continental Thought (Bloomsbury, 2016).