Film Archive

Ab Ovo

Animated Film
Poland
2013
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Marcin Malatyński
Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi
George Antoniv
Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi
Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi
Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi
Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi
The film shows a new life waking up and the transformation of a female body which loses its former shape. The physical sensation becomes increasingly more distinct until the moment when the baby leaves the boundaries of the mothers body.

Baths

Animated Film
Poland,
UK
2013
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Wlodzimierz Matuszewski
Tomasz Ducki
Jean-Marc Petsas
Tomasz Ducki
Tomasz Ducki
Tomasz Ducki
Tomasz Ducki
Two elderly ladies meet in a public swimming pool. Swimming together, they plunge into memories of the old days and past competitions. But there can be only one winner.

Darling

Animated Film
Germany,
Poland
2013
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Izabela Plucińska
Izabela Plucińska
Detlef Schitto
Izabela Plucińska
Daniel Scheimberg
Izabela Plucińska
Izabela Plucińska
What does it mean to lose one’s memory? In the labyrinth of fear a stranger becomes a confidant and a once familiar home turns into a trap. A woman’s attempt to grope her way back to the normality of her former life along familiar objects and figures. But suppressed memories and an unquiet past get in her way.

Joanna

Documentary Film
Poland
2013
45 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Adam Ślesicki
Aneta Kopacz
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Łukasz Żal
Aneta Kopacz, Paweł Laskowski, Rafał Samborski
Aneta Kopacz, Tomasz Średniawa
Michał Kawiak
Joanna’s hand lovingly strokes her son’s back. They are lying in the grass, listening to the meadow dwellers and the sounds of nature. Jaś says he has a “divine time” with his mom, and Joanna, too, loves to spend time with her boy. But this time is limited. Joanna says she is not afraid of dying, but of leaving behind her little family.
Aneta Kopacz’s narrative is remarkably subtle, preserving the tender moments of the remaining days in expressive images. Through its searching vision, which always finds closeness from the distance, its suggestive associations, over which the voices of memory are superimposed and which dissolve time, the film makes the interior state of the young woman visible. What remains are moments of great emotional power and at last a plea: to do everything with love and devotion. Then you could leave something unique to the people you love. Like Joanna did.

Claudia Lehmann



Prize of the Youth Jury 2013

Lost Senses

Animated Film
Poland
2013
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Robert Jaszczurowski
Marcin Wasilewski
Michał Jacaszek
Marcin Wasilewski
Tomasz Halski
Marcin Wasilewski
Robert Jaszczurowski, Łukasz Kacprowicz
A man is about to meet a woman in an abstract flying city. Excited, running like a Parkour practitioner, he climbs up the buildings to look for her. But one unguarded moment is enough to make him lose his senses. And his chance of meeting her.
International Programme 2013
Mother 24/7 Marcin Janos Krawczyk

The picture of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa in living rooms, hospitals or prisons. A touching episodic look at the lives of believers searching for answers and comfort.

Mother 24/7

Documentary Film
Poland
2013
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marcin Janos Krawczyk
Marcin Janos Krawczyk
Michał Lorenc
Marcin Sauter, Michał Marczak, Marcin Kukielski, Karolina Krawczyk
Anna Wagner, Aleksandra Panisko, Tymek Wiskirski
Blessed are the believers?! For the past 55 years, the Black Madonna of the Polish town of Częstochowa has been wandering from house to house, from fate to fate. A copy of the icon, cut down to a handy, portable size, can be rented for 24 hours for a private mass in one’s living room, at the hospital, or in prison. The presence of the miraculous image interrupts daily routines, evokes essential and existential questions of life. It’s about guilt and forgiveness, life on this earth and beyond, the hope of a miracle.
Director Marcin Janos Krawczyk follows the Saint’s convoy through contemporary Poland with great empathy. He finds moving episodes to give us insights into the lives of people wounded in body and soul, who are looking to religion for answers that real life refused to give them. The theme of the mother with whom one seeks reconciliation runs through the film like a thread. The combination of evocative music, long travellings, and the intimacy of encounters that are more like confessions creates a magnetic force that makes the film seem like a kind of cinematic pilgrimage.

Cornelia Klauß
International Programme 2013
The Love Equation of Henry Fast Agnieszka Elbanowska

An old mathematics professor and his erotic fantasies and appetites. A touching story of desires beyond the age of 95 – and spicy comic strips drawn by himself.

The Love Equation of Henry Fast

Documentary Film
Poland
2013
40 minutes

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Adam Ślesicki
Agnieszka Elbanowska
Paweł Nadolny
Agnieszka Elbanowska, Maryla Torbus
Agnieszka Elbanowska
The universal validity of an equation can be proved by axioms or assumed to be an axiom itself. A classic axiom describes an immediately evident or conventionally accepted principle or reference to such a principle. The principles on which Polish mathematics professor Henryk Fast’s love equation is based may be deduced by interpreting his erotic drawings. In any case, they suggest that Henryk Fast has more than abstract desires at his fairly advanced age. Henryk is a hopeless romantic and would quite simply like to find a woman. The search might be complicated by the fact that one’s own idea of reality doesn’t necessarily correspond to another person’s. In Henryk’s case the magnitude of this difference can be glimpsed occasionally, for example when his daughter, who lives in America, visits him. Henryk’s equation contains at least one unknown that makes this amiable gentleman’s life so special and tells a touching story of desire at old age, beyond “conventionally accepted” realities.

Claudia Lehmann

When I Am a Bird

Documentary Film
Poland
2013
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Katarzyna Ślesicka
Monika Pawluczuk
Paweł Chorzępa
Marcin Latanik
Monika Pawluczuk
Dariusz Wancerz
She would like to return as a little bird in the next life, small enough to hide. Right now she still lives in a bird cage, at the mercy of the whims of a fate that transported her and her family from Myanmar to a refugee village in the Thai jungle. The rain drums ceaselessly on the roof. The torrential river in front of the house is as powerful as the suppressed feelings of a woman who gave birth to 12 children and lost some of them. She hasn’t chosen her husband; moreover, he sometimes flies away. Now she only hopes that her daughter will follow. Bad connections often thwart attempts to contact her by phone or receive messages via the wireless. From the outside the members of the Kayan tribe, especially the women with their heavy necklaces, look like rare specimens of a dying species you can admire in tourist show villages. But the film reveals a world no tourist ever sees. In a clear visual language that is both atmospheric and symbolic it carefully approaches the interior reality of the protagonist, withholding any prerogative interpretation. Who can look into a person’s soul, after all? And yet the strength, courage – and magic – that it takes to live this life emerge clearly.

Lars Meyer

Ziegenort

Animated Film
Poland
2013
19 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Piotr Szczepanowicz
Tomasz Popakul
G. Stuart Dahlquist, Paweł Cieślak
Tomasz Popakul
Tomasz Popakul, Piotr Szczepanowicz
Tomasz Popakul
Tomasz Popakul
Fish Boy is a teenager facing the challenges of growing up. His problems are especially severe, as he is different from all others: He is half boy, half fish. His drama is set against the background of a seemingly idyllic fishing village, where his father wants to teach him how to become a fisherman.