Polish Language film-poem
at The Higher Bridges Gallery
30th October – 30th November 2009
The Polish Language
(dirs. Alice Lyons & Orla Mc Hardy)
The Polish Language is an animated film-poem about the subversive force of art and the renewal of poetry in the whispery language of Polish.
Based on the poem of the same title, the film pays homage to the revitalisation of poetry in the Polish language in the 20th century.
Using hand-drawn, stop-motion, time-lapse and computer techniques, the poem unfolds onscreen with typography as a key visual element. Its visual style is loosely based on underground publications in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s.
A chorus of voices sampling poems in Polish, woven together with original music by Justin Spooner, combine to create a powerful score in "a film of emotional depth and technical sophistication, " Jury, Galway Film Fleadh 2009, award for Best Animation. The Polish Language is at once a playful and solemn journey into the sensuality, beauty and power of language.
From Donegal and currently based in Chicago, Orla Mc Hardy has a background in fine art and graduated with a degree in animation in 2007. Since then her films have screened nationally and internationally, in film festivals and as part of group exhibitions.
Alice Lyons was born in New Jersey and has lived in County Roscommon since 1998. She is the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award.
Alice Lyons & Orla Mc Hardy’s collaborative film-poem ‘The Polish Language’ opens at The Higher Bridges Gallery in The Clinton Centre Enniskillen, Fermanagh on Friday 30th October at 8pm, the exhibition then continues to the 30th November 2009.
Further details are available from Diane Henshaw, Arts Officer for Fermanagh District Council at + 028 6632 5050 ext 245 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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