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
International Programme 2016
In Another World Anna Bedyńska

A baby is expected. Anticipated. Where is the head, where are the legs? But it’s different here – Kasia, who already has two kids and a career, must take a decision: her baby has Down’s syndrome.

In Another World

Documentary Film
Poland,
Russia
2016
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marina Razbezhkina
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
Anna Bedyńska
A baby is expected. Anticipated. Where is the head, where are the legs? But it’s different here – Kasia, who already has two kids and a career, must take a decision: her baby has Down’s syndrome. Nine out of ten women in Germany choose an abortion in this case. For Kasia, who is catholic, this is hard to accept – as hard as the option of having the baby. Razbezhkina student Anna Bedyńska follows the family over a period of six months, in a film that touches on the last taboo of our perfect society.

Grit Lemke

The Gentle Giant

Animadoc
Poland
2016
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak
Marcin Podolec
Rafał Samborski, Piotr Markowicz
Marcin Gierbisz
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec, Wiktoria Nowak
Marcin Podolec
Katarzyna Szczerba, Marek Knaga
Delicate black and white pencil and ink drawings and painted-over photos illustrate the inner life of this 100-kilo giant plagued by doubts and fears. Poetry helped him find himself and he overcame the silence by going on stage as a slam poet. Marcin Podolec uses heterogenous animations to document the inner conflict of his protagonist.

Cornelia Klauß