Julia Zborowska has been awarded the sixth Film Award of the Polish Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Wajda School
The jury composed of Filip Marczewski, Michał Oleszczyk, Agnieszka Polska and Anna Tryc-Bromley unanimously decided to bestow the Film Award of the Polish Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Wajda School to the project Untitled: Future Tense (Middle of the Lake) by the artist Julia Zborowska, for her original fusion of artistic and superhero filmmaking, in which a visionary collage of surprising elements enables a new perception of female strength, memory and identity.
Zborowska’s film is a fictional biography of the superhero Cornelia X, from the day of her conception until the moment when she discovers her female omnipotence. The screenplay was inspired by the journals of the artists Tracey Emin and Cindy Sherman. In her directorial explication, Zborowska writes: “Memory creates us, and we cannot desire something that does not exist. Cornelia X’s desire is to enter a world parallel to our own where everything has a primordial memory. I am fascinated by this theory of the memory of objects, where a lover’s comb with a single flake of dandruff is more real than the lover himself.”
is a visual artist, director and writer. Born in 1985 in Poznań, she lives and works in Vienna and Zalesie. A graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts (2008), she is currently continuing her studies in the video and photography department at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the Film Academy Vienna, where her instructors include Michael Haneke. She has participated in group shows (including Ain’t No Sorry at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2008) and Improvization of a faun, waking doubting rolling shining and musing at Semperdepot, Vienna (2006)). Nominated for the Geppert Prize in 2009. Her films, including the 30-minute Zalesie (2017), have been shown at numerous festivals.