By Will Espero

Lem and Mrozek – Reactivation is a Polish film directed by Marvek Wojtasik. It is a short animation about personal conversations between two great writers at a time when dark evil forces influenced the world. The intervention of the Warsaw Pact Troops to Czechoslovakia elicited an open protest by Mrozek leading to much thought-provoking words and comments. A multitude of issues and a variety of opinions between the two men will keep one alert and in awe at the depth of their thinking. A rebuke of communism and fascism is clear in this deep film suited for thinkers, intellectuals, history buffs, freedom fighters, and writers. Don’t blink as the back and forth dialogue races from topic to topic.

Director Marvek Wojtasik

Marvek Wojtasik is a poet, playwright, script writer, founder of the satirical theater “ŁUL”, and co-author of the script for the first episodes of the series Radio Romans. He is the founder of the Transgressive Art Foundation, and former director of the Gdańsk Society of Art Friends.

Wojtasik is the producer and co-producer of such artistic activities as the Gdańsk Days in Berlin, premiere of the concert (1999) of the Polish Festival Orchestra conducted by Krystian Zimerman, of the 30th anniversary of TOTART at the Baltic Sea Cultural Center, and of the 30th anniversary of bruLion at the Kamienica theater in Warsaw.

The great advantage of the film is that it maintains a servile priority, in this case the role of visualization, without giving up the broadly understood sphere of artistic freedom. This also applies to perfectly matched music, reminiscent of the background music from Fellini’s films. Producers made sure that the visuals did not compete with the text, but only emphasized it. At the beginning, life itself with all the baggage of absurdity, which then grows into a canvas of texts that ultimately lead to the creation of animation.

Laudation by prof. Henryk Cześnik – Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk

Lem and Mrozek is an Official Selection at the 2022 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, and it can be watched from September 29 to October 10 on globalnonviolentfilmfestival.comD!