Kantor’s Circle is a documentary film about young Polish artists who created and developed clandestine art in Krakow under Nazi occupation. During the Second World War, Tadeusz Kantor, one of the most famous polish theatre director and painter of the XX century gathered talented artists around him. Most of them were pupils of the German School of Arts and Crafts (The Kunstgewerbeschule), under which name the conspired Academy of Fine Arts was masked. Along with them, Tadeusz Kantor created the Underground Independent Theatre in 1942 and realized two theatrical pieces, Balladyna and The Return of Odysseus in private apartments. Professor Mieczyslaw Poresbki wrote: „Art that came to life at that time was born as a response to danger and against danger.” This is the period in which the painters Jerzy Nowosielski, Tadeusz Brzozowski, the set designer Jerzy Skarzynski, the filmmaker Wojciech Jerzy Has met.
The film includes many archival materials: film archives, photographs as well as reproductions of unknown paintings and drawings from the period of occupation.
- Directed by: Adrianna Książek i Iwo Książek
- Poland, 2015
- Production: Studio-11 Iwo Książek
- Coproduction: Telewizja Polska S.A.
- Financed by The Polish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
- Partners: Ośrodek Dokumentacji Sztuki Tadeusza Kantora Cricoteka, Fundacja Nowosielskich, Galeria Starmach, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie.