Adam Kruk and Lech Moliński

Year of birth: 1983, 1985 Field: Film City: Palazzo Adriano, Palermo and Cefalu

The similarities between the Polish film "Kocham kino" by Piotr Łazarkiewicz and "Cinema Paradiso" by Giuseppe Tornatore, as well as the places where the film was made (Lower Silesian Lubomierz and Sicilian Palazzo Adriano), encouraged Adam Kruk and Lech Moliński to explore this subject more closely. Both titles show the functioning of declining cinemas in the countryside and are stories about the influence of music on the one hand, and love and friendship on human life on the other. They were created only at the interval of a dozen or so months. In both towns there are film museums (in Lubomierz dedicated to the comedy "Sami swoi", and in Palazzo Adriano to the "Cinema Paradiso" itself), and if we add the fact that the population of the town differs by about 200 people, we can really see the potential for joint activities between Sicily and Lower Silesia.

With the support of the Mobility od Culture programme, Adam and Lech will go to Palazzo Adriano (as well as to Cefal and Palermo) for a study visit to see Museo Nuovo Cinema Paradiso with their own eyes. The Polish-Italian meeting will explore the possibilities of cooperation between Palazzo Adriano and Lubomierz, and in a broader approach between Sicily and Lower Silesia.

The November visit could build a network of cooperation between the two regions and consequently lead to a film exchange: a presentation of Sicilian cinema (two films by Giuseppe Tornatore: "Cinema Paradiso" and "Baaria") in Lubomierz and Wrocław, as well as Lower Silesian films ("Sami swoi" by Sylwester Chęciński and "Kocham kino" by Piotr Łazarkiewicz) in Palazzo Adriano and Palermo.

Adam Kruk - film critic, film expert, culture animator. He has published, among others, in Dwutygodnik, Kino, Film, Screen, Film Quarterly, and Filmweb. For his critical activity, he received the Krzysztof Mętrak Award (2012) and a nomination for the Polish Film Institute Award (2018). He lectures at the University of Wrocław, Lower Silesian School of Higher Education, Film Academy, Filmoteka Szkolna and within the framework of the New Horizons of Film Education. Reporter from the most important film festivals in the world, collaborator of numerous Polish film events. Curator of the BRAVE Cinema review, the Polish Cinema for Beginners project (Polish Film Institute Award in the film education category 2016) and the Discussion Film Club "Centrum" in Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe. Member of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI, the Film Writing Circle of the Polish Filmmakers Association, the Wrocław Film Foundation and the Dante Alighieri Association.

Lech Moliński - cultural animator, organizer of film events, popularizer of film tourism. Co-founder and vice-president of the Wrocław Film Foundation. In 2011-2018, artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival "The Eye of the Young", since 2015, artistic director of the SPEKTRUM festival. Co-author of projects: "Academy of Documentary Film MOVIEWRO", "Polish Cinema for Beginners", "MIASTOmovie", "Kinematograf Wrocławski", "Spółdzielnia Kinowa Ołbin", "Dolnośląskie Walks in Film". He also worked at the Millennium Docs Against Gravity and BRAVE CINEMA film festivals held as part of the Brave Festival. In the years 2012-2018 he sat on the jury of the WARTO award - granted to film talents from Lower Silesia. Winner of the first edition of the "30 Creative Wroclaw" competition, "Man of the Year 2015" in the Culture category according to the portal. In 2017, he ran the Sokołowsko Health Theatre. Lecturer at the Warsaw Film School. Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the category "Animation and cultural education" for 2018.