„Winter Bloom” – a post-apocalyptic sci-fi directed by Ivan Krupenikov received the Conservatory of Vincenza Best Soundtrack award at the Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival in Venice. The soundtrack's composer is Jan Chylak, a sound engineer and our Sound Creation graduate.
Still from the „Winter Bloom”. Cinematographer: Piotr Łukasiak
The award was accepted by the director and screenwriter of the film, Ivan Krupenikov, who gave an extremely important speech on accepting Russian films into European festivals, which unfortunately also took place at Ca' Foscari:
'Beside standing here as a Warsaw Film School student I also stand here as a Ukrainian'. The filmmaker turned to the festival audience from the stage. 'I want to thank Ca' Foscari for inviting me to the festival, this truly was an eye opening experience in terms of how western europe treats the Russo-Ukrainian war'.
Ivan has found evidence that three Russian films in the competition are related to that country's invasion of Ukraine: 'The actor of one of the movies, it’s literal face, is raising funds for equipment for LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) separatists that now invade the eastern Ukraine. This equipment may have as well killed one of my friends'.
'I’m not here to accuse but to raise awareness: the art and the artist are inseparable'. The director emphasized. 'Festivals, art galleries and other art platforms bear responsibility for which artists they choose to promote. Russia is a terrorist state,and we should unite against the terrorist, not promote it'.
Stills from the „Winter Bloom”. Cinematographer: Piotr Łukasiak
We are endorsing every word of our student. We're also calling for unity against the Russian aggressor also in the film art field. We hope that the organizers of the film festivals will take Ivan's words to heart and that they will stop supporting the Russian film industry.
Huge congratulations to the composer of the award-winning soundtrack, Jan Chylak, and to the entire team of „Winter Bloom”!
Below you will find logline and a list of the film crew of the awarded production.
The world is destroyed by an ecological catastrophe. An old mercenary, experiencing severe health problems, looks for a way to retire and finally gets a job that would grant him that. A simple job of escorting a girl from A to B, will uncover a secret that will push our character to reexamine his perspective on the world.
CAST: Tadeusz Ratuszniak, Anna Paliga, Waldemar Dziwniel, Paweł Lawrynowicz, Maria Seweryn, Mikołaj Radwan
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Ivan Krupenikov DOP: Piotr Łukasiak EDITING: Karol Żbikowski SOUND: Mikołaj Sosnowski MUSIC: Jan Chylak PRODUCTION MANAGER: Karolina Kałakajło ARTISTIC SUPERVISION: Marek Brodzki, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Zbigniew Niciński PRODUCER: Maciej Ślesicki PRODUCTION: Warsaw Film School, Adelina Borets, Stroom
Ivan Krupenikov – director and editor. He has worked on numerous projects such as: music videos, commercials, etudes by students of the Film School in Łódź and the Warsaw Film School, where he currently works. “Winter Bloom” is his short debut. When working on projects, he is inspired by genre and auteur cinema, his passion is analog photography.
Films by students of the Warsaw Film School are co-financed by the Polish Film Institute