Film Archive

Jahr

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Day After Day

Documentary Film
Poland
1988
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
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
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
I Am Bad Grzegorz Pacek

Disobedient children and adolescents in the poor Warsaw district of Praga Nord – left to their own devices, but very creative in the use of the camera the director puts at their disposal. A brutally honest social study from inside.

I Am Bad

Documentary Film
Poland
2000
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Wytwórnia Filmowa “Czołówka”
Grzegorz Pacek
Piotr Muszyński
Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk
Grzegorz Pacek
Disobedient children and adolescents in the poor Warsaw district of Praga Nord – left to their own devices, but very creative in the use of the camera the director puts at their disposal. A brutally honest social study from inside.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
I Love Poland Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Joanna Sławińska

Fatherland, family, religion. In 2007 many people still believed the extreme right militant All-Polish Youth movement was a bunch of crackpots.

I Love Poland

Documentary Film
Poland
2007
55 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Studio Largo, TVN
Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Joanna Sławińska
Andrzej Adamczak, Rafał Paradowski, Maciej Kaliński
Grażyna Gradoń
Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Joanna Sławińska
Robert Brudziński, Maciej Kaliński, Tadeusz Łaszczewski
Fatherland, family, religion. In 2007 many people still believed the extreme right militant All-Polish Youth movement was a bunch of crackpots. But the budding movement that director Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz observed at the time has now moved from the margins of society into its centre and become highly topical.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Psychodrama Marek Piwowski

Young girls rehearse “Cinderella” in an adolescent psychiatric hospital. Through playful interviews Marek Piwowski comes painfully close to their real family backgrounds: an intense study of abuse and the lack of social perspective.

Psychodrama

Documentary Film
Poland
1969
28 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
WFDiF
Marek Piwowski
Zygmunt Samosiuk
Barbara Kosidowska, Anna Perska
Marek Piwowski, Janusz Głowacki
Małgorzata Jaworska
Young girls rehearse “Cinderella” in an adolescent psychiatric hospital. Through playful interviews Marek Piwowski comes painfully close to their real family backgrounds: an intense study of abuse and the lack of social perspective.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Silence Małgorzata Szumowska

Mother, father, children, animals, and their daily work. The simple rural life between idyll and isolation, in images that stand for themselves.

Silence

Documentary Film
Poland
1997
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
National Film School Łódź
Małgorzata Szumowska
Michał Englert
Bogusława Furga
Małgorzata Szumowska
Ewa Usielska-Bogusz
Mother, father, children, animals, and their daily work. The simple rural life between idyll and isolation, in images that stand for themselves. An early documentary work by the now well-known feature film director Małgorzata Szumowska (“Elles”, “Body”).

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.