“Kill It And Leave This Town” honored in Annecy

Monika Marlicka-RobertŁódź

The latest animation by Mariusz Wilczyński “Kill It And Leave This Town” received the jury distinction in the main competition at the 44th Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Annecy festival is the most important and one of the oldest festivals dedicated to animated film in Europe.

Fleeing from despair after losing those dearest to him, the hero hides in a safe land of memories, where time stands still and all those dear to him are alive. Over the years, a city grows in his imagination. One day, literary heroes and cartoon childhood idols, who in the consciousness of the successive generations are forever young and wearing short pants, come to live there, uninvited. When our hero discovers they have all grown old and that eternal youth does not exist, he decides to return to real life. And the amazing characters living in his imagination lead him back to the real world.

The film is a debut feature film by Mariusz Wilczyński with the voices of Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Małgorzata Kożuchowska. The producers of the film are Agnieszka Ścibior from Bombonierka and Ewa Puszczyńska (Ida, Cold War) from Łódź-based Extreme Emotions. The film is coproduced by National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, EC1 Łódź – City of Culture, LETKO, NOLABEL, DI Factory, Gigant Films.

Born in Łódź, Wilczyński is a director of animated films and a performer. The retrospectives of his films were organized among others at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2007), The National Gallery in London (2007), National Museum of Brazil in Brazil (2009), Anthology Film Archives in New York (2006) and Babylon in Berlin (2007). Wilczyński performs during improvised shows combining live animation and music. He works as a lecturer at Łódź Film School.