Summer 2014 / Lato 2014

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A pessimistic view of the human fate, a universal tale of the world possessed by evil. The same piece of land is shown multiple times in different scenes. At the beginning, there is a bloody battle of swords, axes and spears, followed by plagues and conflagration. Next it becomes an arena of war, uprising and famine – observed through a cemetery wall.

After a short while grains and grass sprout from the blood-soaked earth. Nature is reborn, it flourishes and presents itself in its fullest form: as summer. However, the repetition is painful and pessimistic, the world, trapped in a vicious cycle of evil, is unable to break free.

12 min

Krakow Short Film Nominee

DIRECTORWojciech Sobczyk

Screenwriter: Wojciech Sobczyk
Producer: Wojciech Sobczyk
Director of Photography: Wojciech Sobczyk
Editor: Wojciech Sobczyk
Original Score: Bartosz Chajdecki
Sound Design: Michal Fojcik, Michal Jankowski
Animation: Wojciech Sobczyk

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Director’s bio/filmography

Animated film director, illustrator and photogra- pher, he was born in 1974 in Piotrków Trybunalski. He graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow where he currently works as an academic at the Animated Film Studio.

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Q&A with the director

summer 2014 6How long did it take to make your short? Was it dif- ficult to get financing?

It took seven years and it is fully original: I have per- sonally hand-drawn and animated almost all 17,000 frames. The film was subsidised by the Polish Film

Institute and the city of Cracow. It was originally go- ing to be SUMMER 2007 but eventually became SUM- MER 2014.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “Euro- pean cinema community”?

I would like to regard European cinema as an artistic cinema. However, it is not always so.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

For quite some time I haven’t seen Krzysztof Kieślowski’s THREE COLOURS. These films are always worth watching again, especially BLUE and RED. Of course, there should also be anima- tion, e.g. Mirosław Kijowicz’s CAGES and Zbigniew Rybczyński’s TANGO.

What is your next project?

First was SPRING 1999, now SUMMER 2014. Next should be AUTUMN. I hope it won’t be so remote in time. It will be another pretext to contemplate human and nature’s nature.

I would like AUTUMN to be more optimistic but I seri- ously doubt it.

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4 nominations, including 1 win

. Cracow Film Festival 2014

Won Prix UIP Cracow (European Short Film)


On the web

On the web

. Official website

European Film Adwards


. video trailer



Wojciech Sobczyk

Slomczynskiego Str 12/28 31-234



+48 600 765 287





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