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Grey Matter

Both literature and crime films are very popular in today’s world. Crimes is shocking, exciting, and makes us go thinking. It has also become of the subjects that inspire artists from various fields, including filmmakers.

One can undoubtedly say that the development of thriller has been and still is very dynamic. Thriller films no longer present mainly the bad guys, but they are full of new kinds of heroes: brilliant detectives, masters of crime investigation, and police officers. By introducing the elements of a riddle into a thriller, cinema was merely following a trend in detective fiction, later referred to as crime fiction. Authors are becoming more and more sophisticated in their attempts to surprise the reader.

As part of this education and film project, we shall conduct a film lesson, under the title Crime in cinema. It is addressed solely to upper-secondary schools and their students. The lesson will be comprised of the structure of a crime film, its history, connections between the genre and literature, and the method of presenting violence in films.

All festivals guests are invited to participate in the meetings with journalists and writers, who will discuss about criminal themes in their artistic and professional work. Jacek Dehnel, a well-known writer, will talk about his blog, which is devoted to the crimes presented in “Tajny Detektyw” (Secret Detective) weekly magazine. Piotr Głuchowski and Jacek Hołub will talk about the moment in which the biography of the founder of Radio Maryja is close to becoming crime fiction, and many other things. Please come and visit us!

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Jacek Dehnel (born in 1980, in Gdańsk) — A Polish poet, translator, and prose writer. He has graduated from the Inter-faculty Studies in the Humanities (MISH) at the University of Warsaw. He is an author of books of poetry, novels, and stories. He has published in various magazines, including “Topos”, “Kwartalnik Artystyczny”, “Przeglad Powszechny”, and “Polityka”. He is also a columnist for Wirtualna Polska website. He has won many awards, including The Kościelski Award (2005) and Paszport Polityki (Polityka’s Passport) in the category of literature (2006). He has also received three nominations for the Nike Literary Award.

Jacek Hołub (born in 1972, in Bydgoszcz) — A journalist and blogger. He has graduated from political science at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and from postgraduate studies in public relations, at the Warsaw School of Economics. He started his career as a reporter for Radio Vox. Since 2002, he has been a journalist in the editorial section of “Gazeta Wyborcza” branch in Toruń. He also publishes on the Wyborcza.pl website. He has been awarded the Sharp Pen award by the Business Centre Club, in 2005. He runs an Internet blog called Głos Rydzyka (The Voice of Rydzyk), in which he presents his critical and amusing opinions about Radio Maryja and TV Trwam.

Piotr Głuchowski (born in 1967, in Warsaw) — A journalist and editor. He has written approximately 300 reportages from Poland, Belarus, Israel, and Great Britain. He has won the Grand Press Award for his reportage about the rulers of North Korea. He has been working for “Gazeta Wyborcza”, since 1990. He published a book titled Ojciec Tadeusz Rydzyk. Imperator (Father Tadeusz Rydzyk. An Emperor), written in cooperation with Jacek Hołub. Głuchowski has also written two detective novels: Umarli tańczą and Lód nad głową

Author of the project

Anna Gleb Giedrys — Born in 1980; a graduate of Polish Studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She was one of the organisers of the meeting with contemporary Polish drama, which took place at Wiczy Theatre, in Toruń. She was the author of several projects about film education, which were among others carried out in the Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń. She has been interested in literature and crime films for many long years.

2013 Programme

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