Fourteen Tales from Lailonia Kingdom by Leszek Kołakowski
2000 – 1997
11 episodes x 15’. A series of animated films commissioned by Channel 2 of Polish Television S.A.
Films in this series provide fun and education, awaken the sensitivity of young viewers, invite to a discussion and independent reflection.
They invite the viewer to look at the surrounding world from different points of view, and above all, endeavour to cultivate and reinforce in young people the skill of asking questions and seeking answers, which small children posses, and which we tend to lose while growing older in favour of uncritical acceptance of “obvious truths” and paths already well-travelled.
As Jan Zamojski, who stands behind the adaptation, wrote in the script explication, these stories also have drama values, which allow their deep and wise message to be conveyed using film means, such as the structure of the tale, action filled with unexpected twists, tragedy and humour present both in the action and in the dialogues as well as the intensity and wealth of the protagonists’ experiences.
31 awards and commendations at international and national film festivals, including the prestigious Best Animated Film Award in Siena, the Second Prize in Szolnok, Poznańskie Koziołki, Marcin and Marcinek awards granted at the Poznań Film Festival.
Direction, script, artwork, animation by Piotr Dumała
Music composed and performed by Bernard Kawka
Camera by Jan Maciej Ptasiński
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
35 mm, colour, 27 m, 01:00 min.
Year of production: 1996