Film Archive

International Programme 2015
Don't Lose Your Head Karolina Specht

Far too much of the content of human communication never goes beyond a short-lived mind game. The speech bubbles devour themselves like the revolution which devours its children, while the system keeps reproducing itself. Is this about media, the church, politics? Let everybody decide for themselves.

Don't Lose Your Head

Animated Film
Poland
2015
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Marcin Malatyński
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Karolina Specht
Bogdan Klat, Wieslaw Nowak
Far too much of the content of human communication never goes beyond a short-lived mind game. The speech bubbles devour themselves like the revolution which devours its children, while the system keeps reproducing itself. Is this about media, the church, politics? Let everybody decide for themselves. This ironic computer animation gives the talking heads’ spiral of repetition another turn of the screw, using not language but images: the graphic icons which make our communication easier. Or not.

Lars Meyer
International Programme 2015
Fences Natalia Krawczuk

A lonely tree in a forest of wooden boards – and a small bird that adores him. Two dogs barking at each other while they are separated by pickets. People who fence themselves in or don’t notice when fences disappear.

Fences

Animated Film
Poland
2015
7 minutes

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Marcin Malatyński
Natalia Krawczuk
Natalia Krawczuk
Magdalena Chowańska
Natalia Krawczuk
Natalia Krawczuk
Ewa Bogusz
A lonely tree in a forest of wooden boards – and a small bird that adores him. Two dogs barking at each other while they are separated by pickets. People who fence themselves in or don’t notice when fences disappear. These grotesque episodes about rehearsed border behaviour could also have been made by Roy Andersson. But unlike the latter’s opulent living tableaus, Natalia Krawczuk reduces her visual language to a simple style of drawing that allows for political interpretations.

Lars Meyer
International Programme 2015
Snails Grzegorz Szczepaniak

Enchantingly portrayed snails, two young entrepreneurs and wealth on the horizon of desires are the point of departure of this Polish comedy about great ambitions and broken dreams.

Snails

Documentary Film
Poland
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Zuzanna Król
Grzegorz Szczepaniak
Mikołaj Majkusiak
Daniel Wawrzyniak, Marek Kozakiewicz
Wojciech Janas
Grzegorz Szczepaniak
Paulina Bocheńska
Enchantingly portrayed snails, two young entrepreneurs and wealth on the horizon of desires are the point of departure of this Polish comedy about great ambitions and broken dreams. Breeding snails is a science of its own and replete with obstacles. Though our young entrepreneurs give their best, the snails obstinately resist, no matter how slow they are.

Matthias Heeder

The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls

Documentary Film
Poland,
Sweden,
Ukraine
2015
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Krzysztof Kopczyński, David Herdies, Gennady Kofman
Krzysztof Kopczyński
Jacek Petrycki, Serhiy Stefan Stetsenko
Michał Leszczyłowski
Krzysztof Kopczyński
Mateusz Adamczyk, Marcin Lenarczyk, Sebastian Witkowski
Right at the start, an excerpt from the Yiddish-language Polish 1930s classic “The Dybbuk” opens an old wound: the world of the shtetl with its old folk beliefs has vanished. But the spirit of the dead, the Dibbuk, is still walking among us. And it has many faces.

We re-emerge from the past to find ourselves in the Ukrainian town of Uman just before “Euromaidan”. A sacred place for thousands of orthodox Jews who make the pilgrimage to the grave of the Hassidic rabbi Nachman and transform the town, annoying the Ukrainian citizens who are afraid of a sell-out and react with provocations. Sometimes it’s an illegally raised cross, sometimes an information board in honour of the anti-Semitic Cossack leader and butcher Ivan Gonta. Or, rather more subtly, extra fees for kosher snacks.

The worlds clash on many levels. With great curiosity, Krzysztof Kopczyński captures the almost incompatible legends and rituals that come alive on both sides. On the one hand a completely impoverished country in the process of finding its identity, accompanied by nationalistic overtones. On the other hand a lost tradition and the experience of the Holocaust. Who owns the country? The film mines a wealth of material full of impressions, rough scenes and fables to bring the unexpected to light.

Lars Meyer