Bolesław Leśmian’s remarkable poetry may be a Polish favourite, but it’s been infuriating English-language translators for decades. Translation expert Marta Kaźmierczak talks to Culture.pl about why it’s so hard to translate Leśmian into English and what constitutes a good Leśmian translation.
… Just think about what they do – the non-physical thoughts and emotions of the writer are converted into sound (the basic form of language), then pictures (letters started out as pictograms), then infinitesimally complex sequences of words, sentences and paragraphs, which are then printed on cut-down pulped trees so that countless others can use the light flying in from the nearest star, bouncing off the page and inside their eyeballs, to convert their reflection into the same thoughts and emotions the writer was feeling at the time of writing… or, as is often the case, the very opposite to what the writer wanted the reader to think and feel.
Join the VHEC at the VJFF this Sunday Nov 6th at 1pm at Fifth Ave Cinema for a screening of “Every Face has a Name” – a film by Magnus Gertten; produced by Auto Images (2015)
Main website: http://www.vpff.ca/
OCT 23, 2016 – 2PM
The Mother of Kings | Matka Królów
Poland | Drama | 127 minutes | 1982
Director: Janusz Zaorski
An impoverished widowed mother expecting her fourth child deals with nearly 25 years of political oppression in this stark drama.
OCT 21, 2016 | 9:20 PM
Blindness | Zaćma
Poland | Drama | 114 minutes | 2016
Director: Ryszard Bugajski
Haunted by her ruthless past, a former high-ranking security officer in Poland’s communist government seeks an audience with the Primate of the Polish Catholic Church, in this compelling drama from Ryszard Bugajski (Interrogation).
Vancouver International Film Festival: The Last Family (Ostatnia Rodzina); Director Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016 Poland
Beautiful new restoration of Kieślowski’s THE DECALOGUE screens at the Cinematheque: Sept 5-14.
March 7 – Vancouver Polish Film Festival screenings
Powstanie Warszawskie | Warsaw Uprising
Miasto 44 | Warsaw 44