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Creme Noir



Poland, 2017, - Black and White - 52

DIRECTED BY:
Magdalena PÅ‚aneta

CAST:
Agata Mieniuk, Aleksandra Foltman, Kalina Porazińska, Rafał Alchimowicz, Adrian Kulesza

SCREENPLAY:
Marcin Kulwas (based on poems by Joyce Carol Oates))

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Wojciech Depta

EDITING:
Dominik Jagodziński

MUSIC:
Marcin Kulwas

PRODUCER:
Marcin Kulwas

STORY DESCRIPTION:

"This is fascinating material - in its very obscurity, much life…" Joyce Carol OatesMOLOLO is a series of open air performances including poetry, street theater, music and dance, which takes place on Molo in Sopot, Poland during summer season ("quick theater by the fountain").In 2016 shows under the title of "Crème Noir" (French: black cream) were inspired by poems from the acclaimed American writer - Joyce Carol Oates.These performances were recorded for the movie, which is rather a new artistic expression than a documentary of events.Crème Noir means the black cream.This noteworthy street triptych is a story about a sophisticated feminine world. The main character begins a multidimensional, metaphorical journey from maturity through childhood (even prenatal period!) and adolescence to the beginnings of her parents’ relationship.She tries to build the conscience of woman's nature. But during this trip she finds codes hard to decrypt, habits hard to break and wounds that heal over shallow and with suffering – all inside of her. Deliberately or not, during the whole life she’s been putting on the black cream. The searching for feminine power is nothing new in art, but this performance is so special, because it happens in the public place. The link with something primal in woman's womb, head and soul is weakened and trivialized by the contemporary civilization. So shall she find her self-esteem? Shall she scrub the black cream? Is her journey giving any hope? You've got to judge it on your own.It’s dark and raw. Sure not perfect.But it’s a quaint cinematic experience.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Magdalena Płaneta (1979) – directorGraduate from The Film School in Łódź, actress of the Polish Theater in Poznań. Founder of the Planeta M Theater .Director, actress, playwright, teacher.Her artistic spirit comes from off-scene. Since 1997 she has been working continuously as an actress, director and theater instructor, with the Szamocin Center located on the abandoned railway station in Szamocin.In January 2010 she received the Medal of Young Art in the field of theater awarded by Voice of Wielkopolska "for beautiful stage maturation".Since March 2013 he has been working with the Rondo Theater Center in Słupsk.

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