Film portrait combining documentary, feature scenes and animation of writer painter, illustrator and graphic artist known for short story collections that bring back the magical reality of Poland’s pre-war shtetl’s. Adam Sikora and Agata Tuszyńska reached those who remember Schulz – his Drohobycz students of the 30’s and 40’s of the previous century. At present they live all over the world, however, they remember very clearly the figure of their drawing teacher, the inconspicuous man tiptoeing the city streets, who at the same time was a powerful tale-mage spinning a yarn during lessons. The film directed by Adam Sikora is an unusual documentary, for it is enriched by staged and animated world. In this world, the drawings by Schulz come to life, the artistic vision is the one that completes the witnesses’ testimonies. The visionariness of Sikora, one of the most recognized operators in Silesia, meets the visionariness of the drawings and fiction by Schulz – the remarkable writer, drawer, graphic designer and literary critic.
About Bruno Schulz
Born 12.07.1892 in Drohobych (present Ukraine), died there 19.11.1942 in tragic circumstances. Bruno Schulz was born in Drohobych, a town of modest size located in western Ukraine, not far from the city of Lvov. He spent nearly his entire life there and was generally unwilling to travel. His voyages outside of his native city were sporadic and brief. He viewed Drohobych to be the center of the world and was a acute observer of life there, proving himself an excellent “chronicler.” His writings and his art are both saturated with the realities of Drohobych. His stories are replete with descriptions of the town’s main streets and landmarks, as well as with portraits of its inhabitants. Schulz’s output as a writer was relatively modest in terms of quantity, but exceptionally rich in quality and subject matter. It consists of two volumes of short stories – The Street of Crocodiles and The Hourglass Sanatorium.
Duration: 57 minutes