NEON

SYNOPSIS

2014 | 52 MIN | POLAND
“Neon” traces the history of the Communist-era neon signs of Warsaw, Poland, the context that generated them, the people and places connected with them, and the many meanings they have acquired since they were created.

After 1956, and well into the 1970s, the Soviet-backed Polish regime took it upon itself to brighten up a city which for the most part had become dark and drab. Following its grim post-War Stalinist reconstruction, Warsaw, it was decided, was to be “neonized.” The neons were intended to convey a feeling of modernity and progress in a country almost entirely cut off from the West. Socialist-blessed, they nevertheless mimicked the colour, dazzle and glamour of post-War capitalist cities.

Neon

FESTIVALS

  • Architecture and Design Film Festival (New York, USA)
  • Arquiteturas Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Budapest Architecture Film Days (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Ekran Polish Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
  • Fine Arts Film Festival (Venice, USA)
  • International Festival of Films on Art (Montreal, Canada)
  • Lund International Architecture Film Festival (Lund, Sweden)
  • Master of Art Film Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Milano Design Festival (Milan, Italy)
  • Nic Się Tu Nie Dzieje (Poznań, Poland)
  • Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival (Auckland, New Zeland)
  • Seattle Polish Film Festival (Seattle, USA)
  • Urban Eye Festival (Bucharest, Romania)
  • Vancouver Polish Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
DIRECTED BY

Eric Bednarski

WRITTEN BY

Eric Bednarski

CINEMATOGRAPHERS

Jacek Knopp

Andrzej Wojciechowski

Tomasz Król

Michał Pałka-Keff

COMPOSER

Daniel Bloom

EDITOR

Paweł Samborski

SOUND

Jacek Nowakowski

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Dorota Przyłubska

PRODUCED BY

Paweł Potoroczyn

Dorota Przyłubska

Ryszard Urbaniak

CO-PRODUCERS