“Noc” principal photography

“Noc”, my latest feature film, is almost done filming. The movie was interrupted in June but we recast the two leads and got all together in September and so far it is going quite good.

Noc

“The Night”

Two girls, one guy. One night, lots of memories.

written and directed by

Jola Cora

with

Jola Cora, Daga Ochendowska and Piotr Witkowski

co-starring

Bartłomiej Kotschedoff and Katarzyna Catherina Lasota

with special appearances by

Kriss Bednarek, Jan Chajewski, Mixie Olszańska, Maria Wołkowicz and Kamila Kamińska

Published in: on October 26, 2012 at 11:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Labirynt

The premiere of “Labirynt”, in which I appear, will take place in Warsaw on April 25.

Published in: on April 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Enantiodromia

I am working on my new screenplay, Noc (The Night) and am reading some Jung and some Joseph Campbell.

“the more consciousness gains in clarity, the more monarchic becomes its content…the king constantly needs the renewal that begins with a descent into his own darkness”.

C. G. Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis (London 1963) p. 334

Published in: on February 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

The end of an era

On Chmielna Street, opposite Kino Atlantic, was the cafe Pod Kaktusami. It was there, that in 1999 I was approached by a shaman and my interest in shamanism began. Every time I crossed this cafe my thoughts came back to that day and to the consequences of that day (all this to be found in my fifth novel, The Charlatan).

A few months ago, the cafe closed. It stayed closed and empty for some time until a few days ago I saw a new sign saying that the cafe was taken by Magda Gessler…

The end of an era for me… Thankfully, I am able to trace every memory back by my writing. Art is forever.

Published in: on April 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shelter from the beasts!

Hearing that Henry David Thoreau thought that a house should be a shelter from the rain and the animals made me think that today we do not lock the door against wild animals but against man…

Published in: on January 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

What Eliade doesn’t say

In number of his books, Mircea Eliade tells us that most primitive societies ritually kill in order to repeat the first act of killing made by the gods; an act which has created the world. But he doesn’t tell us why do primitive societies believe that the world was created by murder in the first place. Or am I wrong? I have read some of his books and never have I found any clues to that assumption.

Anyone has any thoughts on that?

Published in: on December 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm  Comments (1)  

Romain Gary’s Charlatan

I have read a few days ago in Le Magazine Litteraire that Romain Gary’s last novel was to be called Le Charlatan, just like the novel I have been writing since 2006…

Only I added “and the Dragonfly” to the “Charlatan”; not sure it’s a good idea though.

Which do you prefer:

Le Charlatan

or:

Le Charlatan et La Libellule

?

Published in: on November 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm  Comments (2)  

The end and the rest

Finished writing Z Powodu Fobii, my latest screenplay, my first completed piece of work since the play Caroline in 2006. Quite a while… What a great feeling! It’s the first screenplay I wrote as a professionally formatted screenplay and my first piece of work originally in Polish language. Learned a lot. Thanks to my friends S.R.,B.K. and M.S. who helped me on this with their support, by offering me a certain book and by giving me some valuable ideas. I owe you a lot.

Recently I also finished reading the screenplay Black Swan by Mark Heyman; a neatly constructed great piece of work, which made me think that, of course, you cannot fight yourself, neither your good nor your bad side, otherwise you will end up killing yourself… Can’t wait to see the Darren Aronofsky film with Natalie Portman and Winona Ryder.

As soon as I ended Z Powodu Fobii, I began to work on an old play, The Words of the Stiff, and am turning it into a screenplay, Stiff, in English; of course formatted as a professional screenplay should be. That’s my second skin already, I am now thinking in formatted screenplay language.

The fresh air of the paradisaical countryside is doing me good, as always. Long time since I’ve been so prolific. Time for art, work but also contemplation and relationship.

Published in: on July 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gnosophobia

I have recently named a particularly interesting and weird phenomenon I’ve been observing in some people I know in the past years: an incredible dislike and disdain for gnosis (“knowledge” in Greek). Therefore I have named it gnosophobia.

A gnosophobic is someone who, for some obscure reason, reacts with astonishment , repulsion, sometimes even hatred to any thought, question or discussion about ontological, metaphysical or spiritual matter.

A most natural reaction for a human being in this world would be to ask himself questions about who he is, what he is, what is all that around, why is it and how it came to be. For a gnosophobic, it is not.

A gnosophobic resembles quite a lot to an atheist. In fact I suppose one cannot be gnosophobic without being atheistic. It is a choice already made, unlike in the case of an agnostic, who believes he cannot know what things really are, yet without being distraught by the mare idea. On the contrary, one can of course easily be an atheist without being gnosophobic.

A gnosophobic does not want to know, does not want to think and does not want to feel. He has already chosen the Maya he lives in as the ultimate truth and reality. He doesn’t want to hear anything that would contest or shatter his belief and that would show him that he lives in an aestheticised reality, as theorized by Mike Featherstone. His reality is as strange and unnatural as are most gnosistic visions: huge buildings, clothes, planes, gadgets, paper money, mechanics, and the list is huge. That is his religion.

Some gnosophobic believe in their religion so firmly that it is not unfrequent to hear them say words like: “I never really thought about it…”.

On the other side, a gnosophilic believes that he can know something about something, is always open to new thoughts and ideas and is constantly searching for new information and understandings.

So which one are you: gnosophobic or gnosophilic?

Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Script Forum 2010

has ended yesterday and was one of the most inspiring and creative events of the year so far.

In Warsaw, with a quite uncommon heat wave, in the beautiful old-fashioned buildings of the Warsaw University, close to the old town.

Hearing about films in a serious  and professional way is always a great passion and fun but it wasn’t so much the actual lectures and meetings with such meaningful people as Tadeusz Chmielewski, Linda Seger, Kazimiera Szczuka, Joanna Kos-Krauze and David Kavanagh (witty funny) that were so inspiring as the overall atmosphere: in the last couple of days I came up with three new screenplay ideas.

I have also made a few acquaintances; two of them might be fruitful…

But two events really made my week:

The meeting with author Tomasz Piątek; whom I’ve been a fan of for at least 6 or 7 years (read one book and a half and listened to his show on the radio every week a few years ago) and whom I almost saw two times in the past months but whom I missed each time.  It turned out we have a mutual friend… In case I had forgotten, he reminded me how clever and witty and funny he was.

The surprise lecture given by Oscar-winning (for “Milk”) Dustin Lance Black; apart from the fact that he is one of the most beautiful and good-looking people on the planet, his lecture about homosexuality, gay rights, Harvey Milk, the Warsaw Uprising, the Mormons and his relationship to his Mom was incredibly moving, inspiring and powerful. He really made an impact.

I am really grateful to the organizers of the Script Forum and now let’s make all the ideas into written words!

Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 9:24 am  Leave a Comment