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.
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