Distant relatives visit a family living in a house at the outskirts of a city or in a small town. Rybczyński shows boring, routine, meaningless activities, stripped down to empty gestures and devoid of any beauty, shot as a documentary and color-processed. The automatic nature of the activities is emphasized by repeated, rhythmical reversal of tape in certain situations, such as kissing and hugging when saying hello and parting. —anonymous
Zbigniew Rybczynski (Rib-chin-ski) was born on January 27, 1949, in Lodz, Poland, but was raised in Warsaw, where he attended an arts high school and was trained as a painter. He went on to study cinematography at the world-renowned Lodz Film School, where he began experimenting with the film medium. His first projects were Kwadrat (1972) and “Take Five” (1972). Along with his other works, they broke new ground in the use of pixelation, optical printing, animation and other compositional film devices. “Zbig”, as he’s known, was active in the avant-garde group Warsztat Formy Filmowej and he cooperated with Se-Ma-For Studios in Lodz, where his art movies were shot, including Plamuz (1973), Zupa (1975), Nowa ksiazka (1976) and Tango (1981). At the same time he worked as a cinematographer on several feature films, including shorts by ‘Andrzej Baranski’, Piotr Andrejew and the acclaimed Tanczacy jastrzab (1978) by ‘Grzegorz Krolikiewicz’.
Between 1977 and 1983 Rybczynski worked in… read more