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Activities - 13/10/2011


27 Times Cinema - The Portraits - Joanna Konieczna - Kino Rialto - Poznan - Poland


Could you introduce yourself and tell us who you are? How long have you been going to the cinema? Why do you like cinema?

My name is Joanna and I am a 22-year-old English student from Poland. My adventure with cinema begun when I was a child and my aunt used to take me and my brother to see Disney animations every time we went to visit her. I loved these trips and to this day I am very fond of Disney productions.
Of course, I watched films on TV but the experience of going to the cinema was, from the very beginning, a completely different thing for me. I love how, when sitting in front of the screen, you are just immersed in the film you’re watching and for the next two hours the rest of the world ceases to exist.
What also amazes me in this particular medium is the way the musical score is intertwined with the visual part and can complete the image or, on the other hand, completely change the overtone of the scene. A film without music would be incomplete to me – but, I suppose, very interesting to watch and see how the lack of music influences my reception of it.

Tell us what type of cinema or which kind of films you prefer? What are your 3 favorite films?

I do not have a particular type of cinema that speaks to me the most. I am willing to watch everything – from big Hollywood productions to independent low-budged pictures, from terrifying horrors to romantic comedies with happy endings.
I am more enchanted by single pieces, and there have been a few that literally took my breath away. One of such films is Arizona Dream and its hauntingly beautiful soundtrack by Goran Bregoviæ. I remember how amazed I was after I finished watching it and how heartbroken when my mum fell asleep when I showed it to her.
Another film that springs to mind when I think of my favourites is Finding Neverland, and I suppose my national pride has something to do with that. Once again I mention music (I guess you could call me a music nerd) but it is a truly enchanting film in its entirety. The last film I’d like to mention earned it by being one of the few pictures that genuinely surprised me when I thought I had it all figured out already. The film is called Dot the I and it is one of the films brought to me by a complete coincidence and one of the films that are going to stay with me for a long time.

What does European cinema represent for you? Do you feel European?

European cinema for me is a boiling pot of different cultures, ideas, languages and visions of the world. I suppose it’s the diversity that makes it so different from the productions of, for example, the American film industry. Also, as a language student I like to explore the intricacies of different languages and the ways people express themselves using them – and European cinema gives me plenty of opportunities to do so.
Currently I only voice my opinions on cinema when I am talking with my friends and I am looking forward to sharing my impressions and ideas with a wider audience by participating in the 27 Times Cinema project.
I am happy to be living in Europe and one of the reasons for that echoes what I‘ve said about European cinema – the diversity. I just love how so many different cultures are packed in a relatively small space which makes it easier to see and get to know as many of them as possible. I haven’t been travelling as much as I would like to but I am certainly going to do that in the future!

Which cinema are you representing at 27 Times Cinema? What do you like most about this venue? What are your habits as a film-goer?

I am representing cinema Rialto in Poznañ and the thing I like most about it is that it is small and intimate, not like the omnipresent multiplexes that are mainly being built these days. Watching a film in such a cinema is like enjoying a piece of cake and a cup of coffee in a small, cosy café as opposed to a big chain restaurant. The coffee and the company may be the same, but the experience is completely different.
As a film-goer I suppose I can be slightly annoying as I have a tendency to comment on what I see. That’s why, obviously, I prefer to watch films with friends and have a talk afterwards. But during the film I try to be reasonable – and because I sometimes talk during films I do not silence other people, as I completely understand the need to say what’s just popped into my head while watching a particular scene.
Overall, I love cinema. And what I love about it the most is the fact that it has the ability to transform an otherwise ordinary day into a very special occasion.


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