Kichka. Life is a Cartoon

PREMIERE


INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE IN THE COMPETITION OF THE 42ND MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL IN CANADA

CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN, 350 RUE ÉMERY, MONTRÉAL ON 26TH AUGUST 2018



Documentary premiere in Brussels on March 15 2018

Cinéma Galeries, Galerie de la Reine 26 Koninginnegalerij, 1000 Brussels


On 15th March 2018 at 6 pm the gala premiere of the film Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon
took place in Brussels at the Cinéma Galeries, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Germany in Belgium.

The premiere, with the participation of its protagonists – Henri, Michel and Irène Kichka, and the film’s creators – Delfina Jałowik and Jürgen Kaumkötter, drew a full house to the Cinéma Galeries. Other participants in the event included the Ambassador of the German Federal Republic in Brussels Rüdiger Lüdeking, Ambassador of the Polish Republic in Brussels Artur Orzechowski, Ambassador Israel in Brussels and Luxemburg Simon Frankel, and the Polish MEP Róża Thun.


Film premiere in Poland

During the 58th Krakow Film Festival there took place the Polish premiere of the documentary Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon. The screening was presented as outside the competition as part of the section Polish Panorama. On 28 May after the premiere screening of the film at Kino Pod Baranami the audience met the director Delfina Jałowik and the producer Jürgen Kaumkötter. On 31 May the film was shown at Małopolska Garden of the Arts.



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'Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon': a film about the impact of the Shoah on next generations



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Synopsis


Kichka poster

Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon is a film about the relationship between a son and his father, the latter a victim of and witness to the Holocaust. It shows that such a trauma determines the psychology of all the members of a family. In spite of, or perhaps indeed due to the distressing theme, the film is full of lightness, affection and hope.
Henri Kichka was born in Brussels in 1926. In 1942 he was arrested by the Gestapo, together with his parents and two sisters. He spent three years imprisoned in various concentration camps. His mother and sisters were murdered. His father died on the way to Buchenwald, from which Henri was liberated in 1945. After the war, Henri Kichka returned to Brussels and married. He had four children: Hannah, Michel, Iréne and Charly.
His son Michel Kichka was born in Seraing in 1954. At the age of 20, he emigrated to Israel, started his family and embarked on a career as cartoonist. In 2012 he published the graphic novel Second Generation, devoted to Michel’s younger brother, who committed suicide. The main theme, however, is the relationship between the son and the father, who had been a victim of and witness to the Holocaust. The book shows that such a trauma determines the psychology of all the members of a family.

In one of the most intense moments of the film, father and son visit the house where Henri Kichka was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942. The 63-year-old Michel has never been there before, the 91-year-old Henri avoids this place which for him is filled with the worst memories of the moment that was to change his life horrifically and irrevocably. This scene is featured on the poster of the film.
Kichka reveals the dramatic potential of the cartoon as a form of art, and it is only through art that father and son are finally able to communicate. Indeed, the film transcends the confines of a graphic novel, illustrating how both Kichkas recapitulate the family history, talking about the life of the father as a witness; finally, they have overcome the speechlessness. Michel Kichka discusses the responsibilities of the second generation with Beate and Serge Klarsfeld. In conversation with Jean ‘Plantu’ Plantureux, the cartoonist of Le Monde and the founder of Cartooning for Peace, the film departs from the subject of the Shoah, broadening out into political caricature and comic art per se.

Director, Screenplay

Delfina Jałowik


Production, Screenplay

Jürgen Joseph Kaumkötter




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Delfina Jałowik

Director, Screenplay



Photo Delfina Jalowik

photo: K. J. Pierzchała



PhD, studied at the Karl Ruprecht University in Heidelberg, the Humboldt University Berlin and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, a graduate of Philosophy and Art History. Curator and Manager of the Exhibitions Organisation Department at MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, author and publisher of publications on art and aesthetics of the 20th and 21st centuries. Co-director of 'EVA & ADELE. Gesamtkunstwerk', a documentary film about the artist duo EVA & ADELE.

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Jürgen Joseph Kaumkötter

Production, Screenplay



Photo Jurgen Kaumkotter

photo: T. Winkhaus



Jürgen Joseph Kaumkötter MA, studied in Bielefeld, Osnabrück and Hagen, Cultural Management, Psychology, degrees in History and Art History. Expert for Holocaust-Art, curator of the Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen, lecturer at the Art Department and at the Institut of Migration Studies at the University of Osnabrück, author of Galiani Berlin and publisher of books about the art of the catastrophe of the 20th century.

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Adam Uryniak

Camera, Editing



Photo Adam Uryniak

photo: K. J. Pierzchała



MA, graduate of Krakow Film School and Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Member of the film group Butcher's Films. Documentary filmmaker at the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and doctoral student Institute for Audiovisual Art of the Jagiellonian University. Filmography (as director): 'Marta' (2008), 'Podglądacz' (The Peeper, 2009), 'Zniknięcie' (The Vanishing, 2010), 'EVA & ADELE. Gesamtkunstwerk' (2015), 'Kochanka Szamoty' (Szamota's Mistress, 2017).

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Maria Anna Potocka

Consultation



Photo Maria Anna Potocka



PhD, curator, critic and art philosopher. Curator of numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Author of a number of books , including: 'Painting' (1995); 'Sculpture' (2002); 'It’s Only Art' (2008); 'Photography' (2010); 'New Aesthetics' (2016) and numerous philosophical texts. Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niepołomice (1996–2010), deputy director of the Centre of Contemporary Art in the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2001–2002); director of the Bunkier Sztuki Art Gallery (2002–2010). From 2010, the director of MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow.

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