Bucolic

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Bucolic

Bukolika
Karol Pałka
International Competition
Documentary Film
Poland
2021
70 minutes
Polish
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English
German premiere

Danusia and Basia are a mother and daughter, sharing a life presented by director Karol Pałka as supremely secluded. Far removed from any comfort, the seasons pass, a priest comes to visit, the women wade through mud and cultivate their habits. But, unnoticed by Danusia, Basia moves on a few back roads of her own that lead in other directions.

The nearest town seems light years away. Danusia and her daughter Basia lead a reclusive life in a ramshackle house in the country. The rooms are decorated with flower arrangements, scattered with devotional objects. Mother and daughter cultivate their connection to the supernatural, either in the shape of a strict Catholicism or as small rituals in nature. In one scene Basia dances around a fire like a witch. She is also the one who repeatedly seeks contact with the outside world. We see her with a mobile phone then, but the person at the other end remains intangible, unable or unwilling to break the spell around the mother-and-daughter team. It is a dense, almost deserted world which Karol Pałka in his debut film renders in gloomy, shadowed images that grow brighter only when spring comes. But even then, the dramatic opening piece “Specially for You” by the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha still resonates.

Carolin Weidner

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26.10.
#261
Regina 2
Bucolic
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26.10.2021
Regina 2
#261
Bucolic
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27.10.
Polnisches Institut
Bucolic

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27.10.2021
Polnisches Institut
Bucolic

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28.10.
#424
CineStar 4
Bucolic
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28.10.2021
CineStar 4
#424
Bucolic
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Karol Pałka
Karolina Mróz
Wojciech Marczewski
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute
Marcella Jelic
Karol Pałka
Katarzyna Boniecka
Piotr Knop
Anna Rok
Karol Pałka

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Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize