FILM

SUMMER TALE

Summertale, photo: Ela Białkowska

SUMMER TALE

Film

2008

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

Single channel video (colour), loop, 16:9 PAL, 19’56”, audio.

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DEMO

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DESCRIPTION

An almost 20 minute long film “Summer Tale” was made in 2008 and it concludes a multi-dimensional and varied series “In Art Dreams Come True”. As it is the last instalment, logic requires to start at the end of the film. This is where we read that none of the people appearing in the film has anything to do with any of the fairy tales. Reading this information makes us laugh inwardly, because – technically – the story shot by Kozyra resembles a fairy tale. And even at first glance it brings to mind “Snow White”: Industrious midget women resembling the seven dwarves (despite there are only five of them), tiny beds in the little house are the same as in the Brothers Gimm’s tale, and the poisoned Maestro is revived with a kiss. In the fairy tale Snow White is woken from her sleep by a man. Here, a woman. But is she really? Nothing about the artist is as it seems. The sexy lady is somebody else… The ideal of a “real woman”, Gloria Viagra, is a man. Well-groomed midget women living in their Arcadia are not the embodiment of order and peace. Therefore, in this philosophical tale of a film disguised as a colourful fairy tale nothing is simple or straightforward. Horrific events are in a stark contrast to idyllic pictures and slow unfolding of the plot. Clean and neat outfits of the characters – to the splattering blood of the murdered. Unintelligible language used by the actors with the single Polish sentence, unfavourable towards men. And metamorphoses continue: Katarzyna Kozyra initially appears as a woman trying to adapt to the midgets and their lifestyle, only to morph into a sorceress inflicting severe punishment for the crime. The story allows for a multitude of interpretations. It enables conducting serious discussions about the most important subjects, such as tolerance among people or true Art.

Jawaka

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The project was created during Katarzyna Kozyra’s DAAD grant in Berlin received in 2003.

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The Artist would like to thank all her collaborators and people who helped in the realisation of the project, in particular:

Darek Adamek, Wojtek Adamiak, Jarosław Bedyk, Andrzej Bialik, Karol Białas, Ela Białkowska, Aneta Bluszcz,
Nadia Bojadżijew, Krzysztof Bors, Fabio Cavallucci, Gustave Charpentier „Louise”,  Sebastian Ciechoński, Zofia Dawgałło, Robert Drabek, Piotr Dzięcioł, Anna Piechura-Gabryś, Tomasz Gaj, Wiesław Gajewski, Urszula Gawlik, Anna Godowska, Michel Gosewisch, Nina Hobgarska, Joanna Kinowska, Andrzej Kokosza, Dorota Komorowska, Piotrek Kostarczyk, Łukasz Kowalczyk, Kama Kowalska, Grzegorz Kowalski, Julia Kubica, Robert Kulis, Jarek Kunicki, Maciej Lach, Julia Leopold, Barbara Leśnikowska, Marcin Łopacki, Friedrich Meschede, Agnieszka i Mariusz Mieleccy, Anna Mocarska, Anna Muszyńska, Karolina Fandrejewska-Ochnio, Radek Ochnio, Gosia Osińska, Grzegorz Pitułej, Robert Powierza, Elżbieta Porębska, Jaga Prochowska, Ewelina Ratajczak, Franciszek Redzimski, Ewa Rossal, Dorota Rozenek, Marek Sawicki, Aleksandra Knitter-Sikora, Marcin Oliva Soto, Kasia Stańczak, Krzysztof Strużczyk, Barbara Szabłowska, Mirek Szewczyk, Paweł Szlejermacher, Małgosia Trzaskowska, Beata Wilgucka, Mariusz Włodarski, Jadwiga Wojnowska, Dariusz Wojtaś, Hanna Wróblewska, Milena Wróblewska, Halina Zabrocka, Patryk Zakrocki, Adriana Zawadzka, Artur Zwierzchowski, Urszula Wantuch-Żal, Łukasz Żal

 

Production:

Kunsthalle Wiedeń, Romaeuropa Festival, Schwarzenberg Pałac i ogrody, Wiedeń, Instytut Polski w Rzymie,

Teatro Palladium, Università Roma Tre.