Wisława Szymborska, a Polish poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996, would have been celebrating her 100th birthday in 2023.
A friend of Chopin and an influence on 20th century Polish writers and musical artists, Cyprian Kamil Norwid is often considered the fourth national ‘bard’ or ‘poet-prophet’ after the big three of Adam Mickiewicz, Julisz Słowacki and Zygmunt Krasiński.
Entitled “Vade-mecum” and named after Norwid’s largest poetry collection, the short film, around 11 minutes long, premiered on Facebook last night.
The experimental film ‘Nightsss’ (Noccc) by first-timers Drs Sandra Frydrysiak and Weronika Lewandowska from the SWPS University in Warsaw, which immerses the international audience in the sound structures of the Polish language, has been included in the festival’s New Frontier section as one of 14 works from around the world.
Shot dead by a sniper at the age of 23, Baczyński was part of a clutch of poets and creatives that formed the Kolumb Generation.
Detailing the Romantic poet’s travels around the Middle East, the diaries have been described as “a ready-made script for a thriller”.
European Commission spokeswoman Marta Wieczorek, during a European Commission (EC) conference on Monday, recited the poem "Nothing Twice" by Polish Nobel Prize winner Wisława Szymborska.
Covering two periods of her life, the series from TVP will see Eliza Rycembel and Magdalena Popławska playing the younger and older songwriter and poet who died in 1997.
Among her achievements, Halina Konopacka, who always wore a red beret while competing, and had a model-like body shape, took Poland to its first Olympic gold in 1928.
Cutting her poetic teeth in the late 1940s and early 50s, like many of her artistic peers, she was forced to balance her individual freedom with the socialist line of the country’s communist government which she would later renounce as her works began to dwell on philosophical themes and obsessions.