Film Archive

A Blue Room

Animated Film
France,
Poland
2014
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ron Dyens
Tomasz Siwiński
Rémi Boubal
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Lionel Guenoun
A man is in a coma. In his mind he wakes up in a room where a window is the only link to the world outside. He can’t open it, but he sees persons and events from his life move past outside.
German Competition 2014
Domino Effekt Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski

The Abkhazian Minister of Sports is fighting for a Domino World Championship in Sokhumi. And with his wife, who is Russian and doesn’t feel accepted. A misalliance rife with tragicomic moments.

Domino Effekt

Documentary Film
Germany,
Poland
2014
76 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas Kufus, Anna Wydra
Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
Maciej Cieślak
Piotr Rosołowski
Karoline Schulz, Andrzej Dąbrowski
Piotr Rosołowski, Elwira Niewiera
Marcin Lenarczyk, Tomasz Wieczorek
At the moment things are quiet in Abkhazia, the semi-autonomous Caucasian mini state. Too quiet, says Minister of Sports Rafael. As stubborn and single-minded as Don Quixote he wants to use sports to bring back former glory to Abkhazia – after all, it worked under the Soviets. Ignoring the rusted ships that litter the beaches like stranded whales and the hopelessly decrepit mansions along the esplanade of Sokhumi, he fights for his event: a domino world championship. With admirable determination Rafael braves all obstacles: the lack of electricity, the lack of talented athletes and the tears of his wife, Moscow singer Natasha, who gave up her country for him. She feels foreign and crushed in the cultural conflict between Russia and Georgia who both claim territory in this region. Elwira Niewira and Piotr Rosołowski link the private family disputes of a mésalliance with the sometimes absurd political reality of Abkhazia with near masterly flair. Like the couple who have yet to find each other, the country is looking for its identity. In any case, the resonant pop song about the Abkhazian capital is more than a beginning.

Cornelia Klauß



Golden Dove in the German Competition 2014

Kids DOK 2014
Hee Hee Hatty Tomek Głodek

Hatty and his hat are inseparable playmates. Their favourite game is riddles, because the hat is such a wonderful animal imitator.

Hee Hee Hatty

Animated Film
Poland
2014
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Marta Gebhardt
Tomek Głodek
Stanisław Rzepiela
Bogna Sroka-Mucha
Mateusz Bień
Hatty and his hat are inseparable playmates. Their favourite game is riddles, because the hat is such a wonderful animal imitator.
Kids DOK 2014
Leaders Paweł Ferdek

Student body elections at a Warsaw primary school. The fourth to six graders Marcel, Kais, Helena and Filip imitate the adults in everything: gathering supporters, inventing slogans and baiting the electorate.

Leaders

Documentary Film
Poland
2013
50 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kamil Skałkowski
Paweł Ferdek
Mikołaj Trzaska
Paweł Ferdek, Rafał Leszczyński, Mateusz Skalski
Jan Przyluski, Tomasz Ciesielski, Marcin Bukojemski
Paweł Ferdek
Student body elections at a Warsaw primary school. The fourth to six graders Marcel, Kais, Helena and Filip imitate the adults in everything: gathering supporters, inventing slogans and baiting the electorate with big promises that can’t be too absurd. Or will the candidate who distributes more candy than the others be elected? What looked like a game at first becomes deadly serious when the children’s families step in and we realise: it’s a do or die situation. There are many laughs in this film, even while the losers’ tears are flowing. The whole thing is as thrilling as a suspense novel, but the end leaves more than a couple of question marks: does democracy work like this?

Mama arbeitet im Westen – Eine Kindheit in Polen

Documentary Film
Germany,
Norway,
Poland
2014
58 minutes

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Anita Rehoff Larsen, Tone Grøttjord
Åse Svenheim Drivenes
Eirik Myhr
Michał Jarosiński, Jacek Gruszka
Åse Svenheim Drivenes
Håkon Lammetun, Petter Fagerlund, Bartosz Idzi
Katja Wildermuth
Kuba is 13 years old, his brother Mikołaj is seven. Kuba wakes his brother up, asks him to eat breakfast, the boy refuses. They go out to together to buy some crisps and walk home hand in hand. At night they sit at home and play computer games. There’s something missing in this daily routine: where are the adults?
Kuba’s and Mikołaj’s parents are not in the same country as their sons. Their father works in Scotland, their mother in Austria, while the sons are waiting in Poland for one of them to come home. At school Kuba is not allowed to tell that the two boys are alone, and the construction seems indeed to be tottering only when Kuba reaches his limits and behaves conspicuously.
The film is a disconcerting demonstration of how responsibilities have shifted with the labour markets and how economic problems can lead to passive violence against the weakest members of our society.

Starting Point

Documentary Film
Poland
2014
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ewa Jastrzebska
Michał Szcześniak
Przemysław Niczyporuk
Jacek Tarasiuk, Daniel Gąsiorowski
Katarzyna Bonda, Michał Szcześniak
You grow with your tasks, they say. Aneta’s task is immense and painful. She has to confront her past every day if she wants to have a future again. When she was 19 she rebelled against everything and ended up as a murderer. Nine years later, she is allowed to leave prison occasionally to do community service in a nursing home. This is where she meets an old lady, Helena – in whom she finds a life story that ran completely counter to hers. While Aneta risked her chances and freedom, Helena grew up a rheumatic and knows the world, as she says, only through the window. Still she calls herself a realist.
Accepting the circumstances – a sense of reality, as it were – becomes the key to Aneta’s anxious hopes for forgiveness and a new beginning outside her monotonous prison life. In finely apportioned doses the film reveals the stations of her life and inner struggle, mirrored in Helena’s sincere interest. The dialogue between the composed little woman in the wheelchair, who almost disappears under her hat, and her caretaker with her emotional swings reveals more than mere sympathy – it may even be mutual fascination.
Lars Meyer
International Programme 2014
Super Unit Teresa Czepiec

Le Corbusier’s machine for living as an immense prefab block of flats in the Polish town of Katowice. A mirror cabinet of longings, different passions and carefully cultivated quirks.

Super Unit

Documentary Film
Poland
2014
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Adam Ślesicki
Teresa Czepiec
Paweł Dyllus
Jerzy Zawadzki
Teresa Czepiec
Krzysztof Ridan
The film opens with a reference to the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier, whose vision of the new architecture culminated in the term “dwelling machine”. In one of his theses he tried to measure human needs by units. How much space does a human being need? How much is he or she entitled to? A giant modern building at the centre of Katowice, the biggest in Poland, is the concrete embodiment of this idea. Endless corridors and rattling utilities connect the more than 700 flats built in the late 1960s. But every door conceals a mirror cabinet of desires and longings that emerge in various preferences and hobbies. Adieu tristesse! This is where people live, celebrate and, if need be, remove the casing of a garage, not because the car is too big, but because it’s the people who turn this building into a “super unit” and vigorously clear the necessary space. A few sketches are enough to portray the residents as they conquer this inhospitable space. The “dwelling machine” turns out to be an organism that’s borne up by the motto “live and let live”.
Cornelia Klauß

under_construction

Animated Film
Poland
2014
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marta Gebhardt
Marcin Wojciechowski
Electrony, Marcin Wojciechowski
Marcin Wojciechowski
Marcin Wojciechowski
Marcin Wojciechowski
Marcin Wojciechowski
Piotr Kubiak
How do you depict a person’s daily life? An attempt at animated self deconstruction based on an agenda, and a kind of psycho calisthenics.

Walking Under Water

Documentary Film
Germany,
Poland,
UK
2014
77 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Moniką Braid, Stefan Kloos
Elizą Kubarską
Michał Jacaszek
Piotr Rosołowski, Lisa Strohmayer
Bartosz Pietras
This is a film about a fairytale that was once true. Not so long ago, an unusual tribe lived on Borneo: the Badjao, who lived in and under water more than on dry land. They had neither passports nor money, but astonishing abilities. From earliest childhood they learn to dive and do without breathing for a long time. They move between shoals of fish and coral reefs like strollers who are at home there. Alexan, the last of his kind, teaches 10-year-old Sulu how to catch fish without modern appliances. The filmmaker Elizą Kubarską leaves no doubt about her fascination: in elaborate images that transcend every television documentary she dives into an idyllic and picturesque underwater world. She reminds us where we originally came from. And she shows us where we’re headed in equally unequivocal scenes: as the nomads, who are considered stateless today, vanish, they take their traditional knowledge and century old rituals with them. The rest is done by the fishing fleets and tourists.
Cornelia Klauß