ANIMAFEST PRO | BOOK PRESENTATIONS | Giannalberto Bendazzi: 'Animation: A World History' / O. Bobrowska & M. Bobrowski: 'Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation'
'Obsession. Perversion. Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation', Olga & Michał Bobrowski
Collective volume Obsession. Perversion. Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation consists of the articles dedicated to the subversive and suppressed motifs present in animated auteur films from the Visegrad countries and Italy. The authors – including Marcin Giżycki (Animator Festival; Rhode Island School of Design, USA), Bogusław Zmudziński (Etiuda&Anima IFF; AGH), Guo Chunning (Renmin University, Beijing), Denis Viren (State Institute of Art Studies, Moscow), Paola Bristot (Academy of Fine Arts, Venice) – examine artistic works in the context of Central European politics and societies, as well as studying the careers of particular artists from the region. The papers written by Polish and Czech authors establish a dialogue with the output of scholars from Italy, Russia, and China. The joint reflection of the diverse group of scholars outlines the landscape of animated film, an art that engages both the senses and the intellect. The authors draw readers’ attention to several issues, including the question of the powerless in the Polish animated satire; similarities in the animated documentary genre in the framework of New Chinese School of Animation and contemporary Polish and Czech productions; intertextual relations between animated westerns and live-action cinema of Sergio Leone or Sam Peckinpah; artistic personalities of Jan Švankmajer, Zdzisław Kudła, and Alexander Sroczyński.