It is one of the most important and most mature debuts among animated films of the last years. The film "Agnieszka" by Izabela Bartosik-Burkhardt is among ten films fighting for the French Film Academy award - Cesar .
"Agnieszka" has been produced by two French companies - Les Film de l'Arlequin and Donten & Lacroix Films as well as Polish film producer - Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (WFDiF), which is rarely associated with animation. In addition the film production was supported by: PISF-Polish Film Institute and regional film fund: Centre Images-Région Centre et de la Région Rhône-Alpes. In September 2012 Bartosik-Burkhardt's picture received Mały Jantar 2012 Award at the Young and Cinema festival in Koszalin. The film was also shown to the audiences of the following festivals: Anifest, Animamundi and Mediawave.
"Agnieszka" is a ''psychological'' animated picture telling two parallel stories. On the one hand it is a story about a young girl who must face a premature death of her mother. Lost childhood, lost parent, suffering and loneliness makes the child isolated and create her own world in which she feels safe. The young girl finds a source of comfort and sense of security in a wardrobe. In parallel to the story of small Agnieszka we watch the life of adult, 30 year old woman expecting a child. She returns to her childhood playground, confronting her past. The passing time, reflections about childhood and living life "here and now" cause the young woman to accept her life as it is.
Exceptionally beautiful and meticulously made animation of Izabela Bartosik-Burkhardt is particularly attractive for its aesthetic value. Pictures that form the basis of this animation are rich in soften colours: bile, green and bronze. Parts in which the adult character returns to her childhood, the director used sepia. Animations are made with the use of traditional technique, with confident and simultaneously delicate movements of brush and crayons.
The script of "Agnieszka" was written by Izabela Bartosik-Burkhardt and Patricia Valeix, who have not crossed the border of sentimentalism and did not attempt to make a typical "tear jerker". This film is a part of the currently popular in animation trend of making "personal' films that focus on contemporary human and speak about his solitude, quests and relations with himself and with the world around him.
The animation of Izabela Bartosik-Burkhardt competes for Cesar in the category of Short Animated Film. Thus, together with nine other films, it will be released on a special DVD Cesar 2013, intended for members of French Film Academy. "Agnieszka" will be also shown on special shows in France until the end of this year. Titles of films nominated to Cesar in 2013 will be announced on 25th of January 2013.