“Between the Years of Yore and Younger Years” – (Neo)Animistic and (Neo)Pagan Tropes in Polish Cinema Cover Image

„Między dawnymi i młodszymi laty” – neo(animistyczne) i neo(pogańskie) tropy w kinie polskim
“Between the Years of Yore and Younger Years” – (Neo)Animistic and (Neo)Pagan Tropes in Polish Cinema

Author(s): Magdalena Podsiadło
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: animism; paganism; Polish cinema; abject

Summary/Abstract: The perspective of new animism offers an approach to the subjectivity and the relation between nature and culture, the human and non-human, as well as the animate and the inanimate, that differs from the one founded on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Marginal in Polish culture, this current can be found in film representations of paganism that nevertheless lend it the status of a repressed phenomenon or one tamed by the context of Christianity. The authors of contemporary Polish films that refer to this tradition look for an alternative to a world that is hierarchical, dualistic and based on an anthropocentric model. They connect with paganism though their egalitarian attitude towards animals (Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor), respect for the agency of plants (Agnieszka Holland’s Charlatan), belief in spirits beyond the Christian context (Małgorzata Szumowska’s Never Gonna Snow Again and Body), awareness of the natural environment (Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and Dominga Sotomayor Castillos’s La Isla) or reference to tribal cultures (Zbigniew Libera’s Walser). At the same time, these works re-evaluate said tradition, treating it as a “rescue perspective” in the face of the current civilizational crisis.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 114
  • Page Range: 65-86
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish