Director: Witold Giersz Awards: Special Mention at the Krakow Film Festival for everlasting art and humanistic message
Signum strives to synthesize contemporary art with the oldest one, increasingly underestimated. Paintings painted by the first artists thousands of years ago revive in a rock cave. Both human and animal figures join, moving expressively. The motifs of escape, and of pursuit, are interpreted anew, bringing into motion paintings frozen in silence centuries ago. Extremely dynamic, Signum, is a manifestation of the primeval and eternal human need to express oneself through pictures.
Even in the modern age, with all the technological aids available, Witold Giersz remains faithful to the painting patronage of his own film art. This time, he created the impression on the stones, and painting with clay and burnt coal remained immortalized on film stock.
Witold Giersz was born in Poraj, Poland; animator, scriptwriter, designer, director. He has made about 60 animated films as: “Little Western”, “Awaiting”, “Red and Black”, “The Horse”, “Fire”, “The Star”, “Rondo alla Turca”, “Signum”. He applies his technique of animation by painting on the board under the camera.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.