Film Archive

International Programme 2016
21 x New York Piotr Stasik

Scared and wide-awake, enlightened and confused, horny and satisfied: people in NYC. The A-train provides the narrative pattern for fast-paced image flows and meditative passages. A pop pearl.

21 x New York

Documentary Film
Poland
2016
70 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Agnieszka Wasiak
Piotr Stasik
Piotr Stasik
Dorota Wardęszkiewicz, Tomasz Wolski, Piotr Stasik
Michał Fojcik
Maybe 21 is a random number: portraits of 21 people who together are supposed to represent the totality of the more than eight million inhabitants of New York City? Not a valid number, every statistician would say, and be right. But cinema, thank God, is only marginally concerned with statistics – if at all.

“21 x New York” opens with a picture of the A-train approaching in a subway tunnel, thus creating the pattern for its own narrative by this confident allusion to one of the greatest pieces of 20th century jazz music. What we see next: scared and cheerful people, enlightened and confused ones, horny passers-by and satisfied couples. Extremely rapid switches between them, not so much contrasting as kaleidoscopic. The fast-paced flow of images is frequently interrupted by meditative passages and overlaid by some of the protagonists’ tales or reasoning, like voices from the memory of an artificial neural network, rising from this exciting bubble. It’s almost as if Baudelaire had risen again, changed time, place and medium and started a new series of lyrical tableaux. The result would not be the “Tableaux Parisiens” but “Tableaux New Yorkaises” – or “21 x New York”.

Ralph Eue


Nominated for MDR Film Prize
Retrospective 2016
A Few Stories About a Man Bogdan Dziworski

Even without arms the hero of this film is a passionate skier and high board diver – and a brilliant painter, too.

A Few Stories About a Man

Documentary Film
Poland
1983
20 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Wytwórnia Filmów Oświatowych
Bogdan Dziworski
Janusz Hajdun
Krzysztof Ptak
Agnieszka Bojanowska
Bogdan Dziworski
Jan Freda
Even without arms the hero of this film is a passionate skier and high board diver – and a brilliant painter, too. An unfettered camera assists him in overcoming seemingly inhuman obstacles, transforming this portrait of a total optimist into pure cinema magic.
Retrospective 2016
A Story of a Man Who Filled 552% of the Quota Wojciech Wiszniewski

With his shovel-like hands the Silesian miner Bernard Bugdoł became a working class hero and the great white hope of the new socialist Poland of the 1950s.

A Story of a Man Who Filled 552% of the Quota

Documentary Film
Poland
1973
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Telewizja Polska
Wojciech Wiszniewski
Witold Stok, Tomasz Tarasin, Cesary Makowski, Wojciech Kozłowski
Stanisław Pieniak
Janusz Retzer
With his shovel-like hands the Silesian miner Bernard Bugdoł became a working class hero and the great white hope of the new socialist Poland of the 1950s. Two decades later, cinema rebel Wojciech Wiszniewski compares Bugdoł the man and his legend. A tragicomic look behind the myth.
Retrospective 2016
Birthplace Paweł Łoziński

Paweł Łoziński follows the Jewish writer Henryk Grynberg as he returns from the U.S. to his native Polish village where his father was killed by his own neighbours.

Birthplace

Documentary Film
Poland
1992
47 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Studio Filmowe Kronika, National Film School Łódź
Paweł Łoziński
Arthur Reinhart
Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk
Paweł Łoziński
Joanna Napieralska, Mariusz Kuczyński
Paweł Łoziński follows the Jewish writer Henryk Grynberg as he returns from the U.S. to his native Polish village where his father was killed by his own neighbours. A journey into the past that documents the continued existence of anti-Semitism today and has lost none of its relevance.

Close Ties

Documentary Film
Poland
2016
18 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ewa Jastrzębska
Zofia Kowalewska
Krzysztof Ridan, Julia Goreczky-Torhan
Weronika Bilska
Jerzy Zawadzki
Zofia Kowalewska
Krzysztof Ridan
Marriage is a kind of accounting. But after 45 years together Barbara and Zdzisław disagree on whether more is listed on the debit or the credit side. For HER his years of unfaithfulness predominate, HE would like to see them struck from the list. How can this imbalance be redressed – and the water bill paid, too? One room, kitchen, bathroom, and the daily life of an unequal couple form the ground plan of an unpretentious, tragicomic marriage drama.

Lars Meyer



Golden Dove Short Documentary (International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film) 2016


Convictions

Documentary Film
Poland,
Russia
2016
63 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vlad Ketkovich, Mariya Chuprinskaya, Maciek Hamela, Tatyana Chistova
Tatyana Chistova
Omari Zverkov
Mariya Falileyeva , Omari Zverkov, Miroslav Mishinov, Aleksey Strelov, Dmitriy Medvedev
Tatyana Chistova
Marina Sheinman
These are the stories and trials of four young men who decided that to them “pacifism” is not a swearword. But this conviction means they are swimming against the tide of a thoroughly re-militarised society which has been forging men of steel for years now. Conscientious objection is listed in section 328 of Russian criminal law.

Shy Roman is well-briefed and tries his luck with great idols like Leo Tolstoy and Albert Einstein, which only earns him a reputation as a “pseudo-Dostoyevsky”, though. With Viktor, the draft board wonder whether he’s under their jurisdiction at all (“Boy or girl?”) and then vote – much to the annoyance of some bigwigs – for alternative service. This is where the story takes an incredibly funny turn, because he is assigned to the woman veterans’ dance company “Sudarushka”. However, Lyosha, a solitaire and determined opponent of the Ukraine war, and Johnny, professional protester with a remarkable rhetorical talent, are denied this kind of kitsch ending.

And yet we may raise our hopes along with them and this film – despite the basic bitterness provoked by all this: because anyone who imagined that political repression makes us braindead and mute is taught better by Chistova’s unsubdued look behind the scenes of collective opinion and mood making.

Barbara Wurm



MDR Film Prize 2016

Kids DOK 2016
Daniel Anastazja Dąbrowska

Daniel is in love. He sends letters and messages to his adored one. Has boys’ discussions about girls. Never mind that Daniel and his friends are “disabled”.

Daniel

Documentary Film
Poland
2016
24 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Polish

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Jerzy Łukaszewicz
Anastazja Dąbrowska
Robert Lis
Agata Cierniak
Daniel is in love. He sends letters and messages to his adored one. Has boys’ discussions about girls. And it’s summer: there’s the sea, the beach and the holiday camp. Never mind that Daniel and his friends are “disabled”.

Day After Day

Documentary Film
Poland
1988
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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WFDiF
Irena Kamieńska
Krzysztof Pakulski
Jadwiga Zajiček
Irena Kamieńska
Krystyna Pohorecka, Janina Kurec
1988: for 36 years the twin sisters have been loading and unloading bricks every day. Their lifetime as well as that of the People’s Republic they were meant to help build both run out in the eternally repeated movements and grumpy reflections. A documentary stream of consciousness.
Retrospective 2016
Everyone Knows Who They Are Standing Behind Maria Zmarz-Koczanowic

Of scarce commodities and disappointed hopes: the queues in front of the shops reveal the social stagnation. People queue up endlessly to get anything. No matter what.

Everyone Knows Who They Are Standing Behind

Documentary Film
Poland
1983
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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WFDiF
Maria Zmarz-Koczanowic
Henryk Janas
Krystyna Górnicka
Maria Zmarz-Koczanowic
Spas Christow
Of scarce commodities and disappointed hopes: the queues in front of the shops reveal the social stagnation. People queue up endlessly to get anything. No matter what.
Retrospective 2016
From a Night Porter’s Point of View Krzysztof Kieślowski

Krzysztof Kieślowski unmasks the prototype of the informer and opportunist (in a totalitarian society) exclusively from the latter’s own perspective.

From a Night Porter’s Point of View

Documentary Film
Poland
1977
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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WFDiF
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Witold Stok
Lidia Zonn
Wiesława Dembińska, Michał Żarnecki
Krzysztof Kieślowski unmasks the prototype of the informer and opportunist (in a totalitarian society) exclusively from the latter’s own perspective. Even the commentary is by the ambivalent protagonist. Kieślowski later kept the film under lock and key in order not to harm his protagonist.
Retrospective 2016
Happy End Marcel Łoziński, Paweł Kędzierski

An engineer has to justify himself to a committee for professional and personal misconduct. There’s got to be a reason why norms weren’t fulfilled.

Happy End

Documentary Film
Poland
1972
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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WFDiF
Marcel Łoziński, Paweł Kędzierski
Stanisław Niedbalski, Witold Stok
Lidia Zonn
Małgorzata Jaworska
An engineer has to justify himself to a committee for professional and personal misconduct. There’s got to be a reason why norms weren’t fulfilled. Marceł Łoziński directs a tribunal where one person is made the scapegoat and group dynamics take their disastrous course. A documentary psychological drama.
Retrospective 2016
Hear My Cry Maciej Drygas

In 1968 the accountant Ryszard Siwiec publicly burned himself to death at the Warsaw stadium in protest against the Soviet invasion of Prague. But nobody was interested at the time.

Hear My Cry

Documentary Film
Poland
1991
48 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Studio Filmowe Logos, Zespół Filmowy Zodiak
Maciej Drygas
Stanisław Śliskowski
Dorota Wardęszkiewicz
Maciej Drygas
Andrzej Żabicki
In 1968 the accountant Ryszard Siwiec publicly burned himself to death at the Warsaw stadium in protest against the Soviet invasion of Prague. But nobody was interested at the time. In 1991 Marciej Drygas uses archive material and interviews to reconstruct the incident, the political circumstances and the psychology of the masses.
Retrospective 2016
Holiday Zbigniew Rybczyński

On Sunday the car is taken out of the garage to be washed, the family meet to exchange many kisses and a few shots, the secret lovers come into their own behind the shrubs.

Holiday

Documentary Film
Poland
1976
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Studio Małych Form Filmowych Se-Ma-For
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Janusz Hajdun
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Henryka Sitek
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Mieczysław Janik
On Sunday the car is taken out of the garage to be washed, the family meet to exchange many kisses and a few shots, the secret lovers come into their own behind the shrubs. In his experimental film Academy Award winner Zbigniew Rybczyński takes petty-bourgeois rituals ad absurdum by constant repetition and provocative colouring.
Retrospective 2016
Hope Tadeusz Pałka

Silent people in a queue, silent people behind the windows of a bus – only apathy keeps the Polish people together. An impressionist appraisal of the end-of-days mood of the 1980s.

Hope

Documentary Film
Poland
1988
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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WFDiF
Tadeusz Pałka
Wojciech Waglewski
Cezary Makowski, Jacek Czerwiński
Łucja Ośko
Tadeusz Pałka
Silent people in a queue, silent people behind the windows of a bus – only apathy keeps the Polish people together. An impressionist appraisal of the end-of-days mood of the 1980s.
Retrospective 2016
Hospital Krzysztof Kieślowski

Hammer, chisel, swab... During a brutal 24-hour shift in a Warsaw hospital the fight against material shortages and lack of sleeps takes on surrealist traits, occasionally reminding us of the Muppet Show.

Hospital

Documentary Film
Poland
1976
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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WFDiF
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Jacek Petrycki
Lidia Zonn
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Michał Żarnecki, Małgorzata Moszczeńska
Hammer, chisel, swab... During a brutal 24-hour shift in a Warsaw hospital the fight against material shortages and lack of sleeps takes on surrealist traits, occasionally reminding us of the Muppet Show. In Krzysztof Kieślowski’s classic film the hospital can easily be interpreted as a symbol of the bigger social context.
Retrospective 2016
How to Live Marcel Łoziński

“Big Brother” at the camping site: a competition for the best family is announced at the company camping holiday. The prize: a washing machine.

How to Live

Documentary Film
Poland
1977
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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WFDiF, Zespół Filmowy X
Marcel Łoziński
Małgorzata Jaworska
Jacek Petrycki
Łucja Ośko
Marcel Łoziński
Halina Paszkowska
Anna Zyman, Edward Zyman, Piotr Zyman
“Big Brother” at the camping site: a competition for the best family is announced at the company camping holiday. The prize: a washing machine. A jury observes the parents’ behaviour. But director Marceł Łoziński has smuggled in a few troublemakers to provoke the socialist petty bourgeois. A scathing social comedy and documentary transgression.