THE MAN WHO MADE ANGELS FLY
Dir. Wiktoria Szymanska (68min, Poland/UK/France, 2013)
In Polish with English Subtitles
Renowned puppeteer Michael Meschke and his family escaped from Nazi Germany to Sweden when he was a young boy. His childhood experience, and family lore, informed his philosophically rich marionette work, and over six decades he built up a collection of over 3,000 puppets. Each has its own unique story and unmistakable personality: the charismatic Don Quixote; the lovely Penelope; the inquisitive Baptiste, and the mysterious Antigone.
Rather than using traditional biopic narration to push the story along, director Wiktoria Szymańska defers to the power of suggestion, focusing on Meschke’s uncanny ability to breathe real life into his puppets.
Part of the Spotlight on Polish Cinema. Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.
Co-Presented by Blue Sky Puppets, Wit’s End Puppets, Kosciuszko Foundation and Poles and Friends of Poland
After graduating Arts Plastique at the Sorbonne, Szymanska worked in NY making and producing experimental films. She then moved from the world of visual arts into filmmaking. Through her innovative approach towards filmmaking, she manages to create intimate and tangible insights into life and creation of her characters.