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Polish Documentaries 2006-2007 - Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej
Polish Documentaries
2006/2007
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Polish
Documentaries
2006/2007
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ocumentary film has equal importance to feature
production in being an integral part of Polish cinema
tradition, thus one of the priorities of the Polish Film Institute
is to further encourage the production of documentary films
and in 2007, the Institute will allocate 4.5 million PLN to this
media genre. Nowadays, documentary cinema largely belongs
to the domain of television where it readily reaches a mass
network audience. The Polish Film Institute however, is
convinced of universal appeal of factual film and puts a
particular emphasis on supporting documentary films which
are primarily intended for cinema release. We wish to restore
Polish documentaries to a place in cinema repertoires that
they occupied in former years, with their power to move, to
disturb and above all to give a constructive and universal
testimony to present times.
With great pleasure we offer you this catalogue of selected
Polish documentary film from the years 2006-2007. Many of
them have garnered awards at international festivals while
others are just beginning their public showing, but they all
undoubtedly share a common feature; they depict man amidst
his surrounding world, in an astute, thorough and wise manner.
Agnieszka Odorowicz
General Director
Polish Film Institute
Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
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5 Life, Death, and Other Oddments 33 Little Worlds
Protagonists living in their own worlds, their little homelands, absorbed in their own
business and emotions. In the dregs or in the
middle?
Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
Reflections on the most important problems of
human existence. Death, love, family, freedom,
dedication to others, drugs, disease, fighting for
oneself. Common and uncommon problems – the
most important.
42 Postcards from a Journey
Journeys to the other worlds, near and remote:
to Moscow, Siberia and Japan as well as the
world of Silesian exotic dancers...
Lesson: Portraits
51 History
and Events
History reflected in human lots. Great
characters and ordinary people tangled in the
course of events which fill in the pages of
school textbooks.
Life, Death,
and Other
Oddments
Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
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4 oferty matrymonialne
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
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written and directed by Magnus Arnesen
cinematography Roman Chałupnik editing Grzegorz Habryn
sound design Marek Knaga produced by PWSFTViT,
ul. Targowa 61/63, 90-323 Łódź,
phone +48 42 634 58 20, fax +48 42 634 59 28,
e-mail [email protected], www.filmschool.lodz.pl
co-financing Polish Film Institute
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Awards:
V "Łodzią po Wiśle" Review, Warsaw
2007: Audience Award
Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
mini DV, 16:9, colour, stereo, 23 min
Poland 2006
he portraits of four lonely people who are trying to
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find their life partners. What do they expect? What do
they have to offer? How they imagine happiness?
13 lat i 10 miesięcy
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
13 Years and 10 Months
written and directed by Jennifer Malmqvist
cinematography Kate Mc Cullough editing Cecylia Pacura
sound design Iga Stankiewicz produced by PWSFTViT
ul. Targowa 61/63, 90-323 Łódź,
phone +48 42 634 58 20, fax +48 42 634 59 28,
e-mail [email protected], www.filmschool.lodz.pl
producer Andrzej Bednarek co-financing Polish Film Institute
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Festivals:
Svenska Bilder Goteborg Film Festival,
Sveden
“Łodzią po Wiśle” Review, Warsaw
2007
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
35 mm, colour, stereo, 9 min
Poland 2006
nastazja is almost 14 years old. Her family
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comes from Belarus, they arrived to Poland
seven years ago. When Anastazja was five, she has
been diagnosed with mucoviscidosis. The illness is
constantly present in her life. The girl recounts how
does she cope with her incurable disease and the
prospect of dying.
Po tamtej stronie
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Beyond The Wall
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written and directed by Vita Zelakeviciute
cinematography Józef Szymura music Paweł Szymański
produced by Drygas Production, ul. Dzika 19/23,
00-172 Warsaw, phone +48 22 651 50 58,
e-mail [email protected], for Polish Television,
1st Programme, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 88 91, fax +48 22 547 42 42,
e-mail [email protected]
producer Maciej Drygas
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 20 min
Poland 2007
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Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition and
International Competition – official
selection
alking area, work at the tailor’s workshop,
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austere meal, daily intake of medicines taken
under the watchful eye of medical staff, cell crowded
to the limit – a day like any other. With no needless
words. Moving story of Russian prisoners sent to
psychiatric prison hospital to serve their sentence.
Film was made in Chernyakhovsk (Kaliningrad Oblast)
and Sychovka (Smolensk Oblast).
Konstelacje
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Constellations
written and directed by Marcin Latałło
cinematography Marcin Latałło, Sławomir Bergański,
Jędrzej Niestrój music Antoni Łazarkiewicz
editing Jaromir Dziewic, Marcin Latałło
sound design Marcin Latałło, Andrzej Kowal,
Denis Streichardt produced by Eureka Media,
ul. Smulikowskiego 13/10, 00-384 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 828 48 10, fax +48 22 829 56 73,
e-mail [email protected], www.eurekamedia.info
producer Krzysztof Kopczyński
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 52 min
Poland 2006
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Festivals:
Off Cinema, Poznań;
"Man in Danger", Łódź;
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
he method of family arrangements (constellations)
by Bert Hellinger is an ultra-short therapy with the
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participation of audience. Hellinger’s method is considered
the most important discovery within the field of
psychotherapy for last hundred years, different than the
usual humbug.
During the film we meet some on the participants of
Hellinger’s workshops – German and Polish, later we
accompany them in the arrangement.
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Cripple_38
directed and written by Adam Leniec
cinematography Tomasz Nowak music Robert Friedrich,
Marcin Pospieszalski, SNOWMEN band
editing Mateusz Rogala sound design Leopold Komuszyna
produced by Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing,
ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24; 00-724 Warsaw, Poland,
phone +48 22 851 10 56, phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57;
e-mail [email protected], www.wajdaschool.pl
producer Katarzyna Ślesicka
production manager Agata Rappe
production co-operation Stowarzyszenie
na Rzecz Młodych Twórców VITRIOL
and Katarzyna Leniec
Betacam SP, 4:3, colour, stereo, 28 min
Poland 2006
he story of a man trapped in his own body. His life
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consists of constant battle with himself. Marek has
had cerebral palsy. He moves and speaks with great difficulty
yet he constantly fights for love, dignity, and for his right to
live normal life. His maturity and urge to live are truly
impressive.
Ku... ku... kułcze jajo
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Cu... Cu... Coo's Egg
directed by Paweł Popko
written by Aleksandra Maślanka
cinematography Wojciech Todorow, Tomasz Sobański
music Michał Litwiniec editing Marek Żemojta
sound design Marek Łacny produced by Media Brigade,
ul. Pirenejska 9/7, 50-574 Wrocław,
racjan - handicapped
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18 year-old abandoned
by his mother, along with his
brother lands up in town’s
e-mail [email protected] doss-house. Their mother sold
their apartment and left to
for Polish Television – 1st Programme
Germany to live with her new
producer Marcin Kurek, Sylwester Banaszkiewicz
partner. Gracjan’s openness
and joie do vivre win him the
Betacam SP, colour, 16:9, stereo, 23 min favour of miserable shelter’s
Poland 2006 inhabitants. Yet Gracjan’s
adaptation to new conditions
is difficult and there is nothing
to foreshadow solving
problems of this young man
forlorn by his family and
ineffective State’s institutions.
phone +48 71 799 14 51, fax +48 71 799 14 50,
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Awards:
13th International Independent Film
Festival "Publicism 2006": 2nd Prize;
Bartoszki Film Festival, Tarnobrzeg
2006: 2nd Prize;
39th Józef Milka International Amateur
Film Festival "Pol-8", Polanica Zdrój
2006, 1st Prize;
Polish Award of Independent Film
"Offskar 2007" for the Best
Documentary;
Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
Istnienie
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
The Existence
written and directed by Marcin Koszałka
cinematography Marcin Koszałka, Adam Nocoń,
Maciej Tomaszek music Zygmunt Konieczny
editing Anna Wagner
produced by HBO Polska, ul. Puławska 17, 02-515 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 852 88 00, fax +48 22 852 88 02,
e-mail [email protected], www.hbo.pl producer Krzysztof Rak
executive produced by OTO Film Poland, ul. Puławska 22,
02-564 Warsaw, phone +48 22 542 86 86,
fax +48 22 542 86 87, e-mail [email protected],
www.otofilm.pl co-financing Polish Film Institute
16 mm, colour, 69 min
Poland 2007
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Awards:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– Full-length Documentary
Competition: Audience Award
reat actor from Kraków – Jan Nowak is
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struggling with a terminal disease. The
documentary is the account of becoming familiar with
the prospect of dying and proudly preparing for the
death to come. The protagonist is not indifferent
about the posthumous lot of his body which he
devised to the Medical Academy for the scientific
experiments. Fully aware and reconciled to what is to
come he talks to his lawyer and his friends.
Gruba do łóżka, chuda na bal...
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
The Fat to Bed, the Slim to the Ball...
written and directed by Konrad Szołajski
music Dariusz Żebrowski editing Hanna Kłoskowska
sound design Marcin Ejsmunt produced by Polish Television,
1st Programme, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 81 25,
e-mail [email protected]
producer Agnieszka Janowska
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Digital Beta, colour, 16:9, stereo, 50 min
Poland 2006
itle ascertainment is
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the sentence
frequently spoken by the film
female protagonists who try
to settle down in a society
that hardly stand otherness.
The women find help in the
website XL-pozytywnie. pl, run
by one of happy “fluffies”. Her
website is an unconventional
guide for fat people. It
contains formulas regarding all
fields of life – from fashion
and health to recreation and
sex.
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Festivals:
Media Festival "Man in Danger", Łódź
2007: official selection;
Polish Film Art Festival
"Prowincjonalia", Września 2007:
official selection;
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
Spływ
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
The Flow
written and directed by Jan Komasa
cinematography Małgorzata Szyłak, Jan Komasa
editing Bartek Pietras PSM music Antoni Łazarkiewicz
sound design Michał Muzyka produced by HandMade
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Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– Full-length Documentary
Competition
Pictures, ul. Macedońska 74, 02-761 Warsaw,
phone +48 601 45 62 04, +48 22 642-68-09
e-mail [email protected]
producer Bartek Pietras
Betacam Digital, colour, 1.33:1, stereo, 81 min
Poland 2007
documentary tale about canoe trip of
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teenagers who are treated against their
addictions. Extreme conditions and being apart from
civilization force the participants to overcome their
own limits and to reveal mostly painful truth about
themselves.
Wolność jest darem Boga
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Freedom Is a God-Given Gift
written and directed by Cezary Ciszewski
cinematography Cezary Ciszewski editing Dariusz
Cieszkowski
sound design Błażej Kukla artistic supervisor Andrzej Titkow
produced by Polish Television – Film Agency
for 1st Programme, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 88 91, fax +48 22 547 42 42,
mobile +48 601 600 938, [email protected],
[email protected]
producer Ryszard Urbaniak
DV, colour, 4:3, stereo, 52 min
Poland 2006
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ezary Ciszewski,
television and radio
reporter, author of many
documentaries and
reportages, has spend half
a year with the heroin addicts
in an abandoned house in the
very centre of Warsaw. Making
a chronicle of their life, he did
not realize that he was also
making a story of his own
collapse. The result is the
shocking document of the
“participating observation”
– the diary from the narcotic
hell, showing how “normal” this
world is when you look at it
from the inside, and how easy
it is to become part of it.
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Awards:
Media Festival "Man in Danger" Łódź
2006: Honorary Diploma; Opus Film
Award;
Polish Film Art Festival
"Prowincjonalia", Września 2007,
Jańcio Wodnik for the Best
Documentary;
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007:
National Competition – Srebrny
Lajkonik for the Best Documentary
Masz już to?
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Got It?
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written and directed by Andrzej Titkow
cinematography Jacek Petrycki
music India Czajkowska editing Paweł Deliś
sound design Jędrzej Niestrój, Jacek Gołąb
produced by Rebecca Studio, ul Dzielna 6/21,
00-162 Warsaw, phone/fax +48 22 635 35 69,
mobile +49 601 28 30 79,
e-mail [email protected],
Polish Television, 2nd Programme,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw
producers Violetta Buhl, Krzysztof Lang
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Digital Beta, colour & black and white, stereo, 40 min
Poland 2006
n year 1988 Andrzej Titkow
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directed the documentary “Give It
To Me” which was the recording of a
workshop run by an outstanding
psychotherapist Wojciech Eichelberger.
The protagonists of the documentary
were the participants of a group
process. They dramatically revealed
their extreme emotions, unsolved
problems and hidden conflicts. In the
film “Got It?” the director comes back
to his protagonists. He asks them who
are they now, what they do, how their
lives went on. Do they already have
what they were so determined to
strive for nineteen years ago.
Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition
Klinika
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Hospital
written and directed by Tomasz Wolski
cinematography Tomasz Wolski
editing Tymek Wiskirski
sound design Bartosz Mleczko,
Robert Buczkowski
artistic supervisor Jacek Bławut
produced by Centrala Ltd., Odyńca 59/14,
02-644 Warsaw, mobile +48 693 95 02 01,
he Collective
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portrait of
patients and
doctors from the
Internal Diseases
Clinic in Cracow. The
co-financing Polish Film Institute
film presents the
microcosm of the
DV, colour, 30 min elderly people for
Poland 2006 whom the hospital
becomes their
second home.
fax +48 22 646 62 73, e-mail [email protected]
producer Agnieszka Janowska
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Awards:
46th Kraków Film Festival – National Contest: Special Mention;
6th International Film Festival "Era Nowe Horyzonty" – Wrocław
2006 – Documentary Contest: First Prize;
1st Film Festival "Wakacyjne kadry" – Cieszyn 2006: Golden
Scissors for the Best Film Editing – Tymek Wiskirski
Summer Festival of Independent Cinema "Filmowa Góra", Zielona
Góra 2006: Grand Jury Prize Filmowa Góra, Best Documentary
and Paradocumentary Award – Mały Pagórek;
Polish Edition of Slamdance – Slamdance on the Road, Kraków
2007: Grand Jury Prize;
IFF "Punto de Vista 2007", Spain: Jean Vigo Award for the best
directing
Festivals:
Trieste Film Festival,
Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival IDFA, Amsterdam
– participant in "Docs for Sale" Fairs
Janek
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Janek
written and directed by Renata Gabryjelska
cinematography Zbyszek Jarosz, Rafał Śmierzchalski
music Paris Music editing Renata Gabryjelska, Piotr Krasny
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sound design Grzegorz Lindemann
produced by Warsaw Film School, ul. Świeradowska 43,
02-662 Warsaw, phone +48 22 543 55 99,
e-mail [email protected]
producer Maciek Ślesicki
HDV, colour, 19 min
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Awards:
25th Debut Film Festival Young
& Cinema, Koszalin 2006: Award for
Documentary in Polish School Films
Competition
Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
Poland 2006
of shoeblack philosopher told as a platform
Astory
ballad about a railway station’s capitalism.
Kurc
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Kurc
written and directed by Borys Lankosz
cinematography Borys Lankosz music Abel Korzeniowski
editing Bartosz Karczyński sound design Anna Rutkowska
produced by Euromedia TV, Sandomierska 28/1,
02-567 Warsaw, phone +48 22 856 93 04,
fax +48 22 856 95 38, e-mail [email protected]
producers Anna Brzywczy, Anna Żamojda
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Awards:
Film Festival "Wakacyjne Kadry"
Cieszyn 2006: Golden Horseshoe for
the best documentary
Festivals:
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006
DV, colour, 24 min
Poland 2006
ariusz Kurc had a passport in his pocket,
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120 PLN and a digital camcorder in his
rucksack. He travelled to more than ten countries
in three continents in eighteen months. What was
he looking for? What was he escaping from?
Modelki
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Models
written and directed by Monika Pawluczuk
cinematography Szymon Lenkowski editing Justyna
Gajewska
sound design Darek Wancerz produced by Stowarzyszenie
Przyjaciół Integracji, ul. Sapieżyńska 10a, 00-215 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 635 13 30, e-mail [email protected],
www.integracja.org executive produced by Andrzej Wajda
Master School of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57; e-mail [email protected]
www.wajdaschool.pl executive producers Monika Pawluczuk,
Katarzyna Ślesicka
DV, colour, 23 min
Poland 2006
emale director accompanies a group of Silesian girls,
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models on wheelchairs, during their preparation to
a fashion show that is organized in one of Warsaw clubs.
Moje dziecko jest aniołem
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
My Baby Is an Angel
written and directed by Monika Górska
cinematography Rafał Jerzak music Krzysztof Górski
editing Wiesław Jagsch sound design Mirosław Domagała
produced by Polish Television – Agencja Produkcji Audycji
Telewizyjnych dla Redakcji Filmu Dokumentalnego
i Reportażu TVP 2, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 80 75, +48 22 547 80 92
producer Tomasz Polaski
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Awards:
Circom Regional Award (Association
of European Regional Televisions)
2006: Grand Prix for the Best
Documentary;
Media Festival "Men in Danger" Łódź
2006: Honourary Diploma
Betacam SP, colour, 25 min
Poland 2006
he story about everyday life of the mothers who have
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lost their prematurely born children. Medical staff as
well as civil servants, priests and even relatives deny their
right to despair, and refuse their dead children’s right to be
treated as humans. The protagonists are trying to break the
conspiracy of silence that arouse on this matter. They meet in
support groups, write letters to the parliament and the
priests, they distribute leaflets among mothers in hospitals.
A czego tu się bać
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Nothing To Be Scared Of
written and directed by
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Małgorzata Szumowska
cinematography Jacek Drosio music Adam Walicki,
Marcin Rychter editing Jacek Drosio sound design Piotr Fede
produced by Shot-Szumowski,
e-mail [email protected], [email protected]
for Polish Television, Programme 2, ul. Woronicza 17,
00-999 Warsaw, phone +48 22 547 80 75,
+48 22 547 80 92, e-mail [email protected]
producer Agnieszka Kurzydło
Digital Beta, colour, 16:9, stereo, 39 min
Poland 2006
illagers from Mazurian
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village talk about
rituals, customs and beliefs
regarding death. Their talk is
ordinary just like in other
topics, yet it is honest,
eloquent and humorous. For
them death is familiar,
otherwise than for townsfolk
who don’t have time to think
about it. Yet paradoxically it
causes even greater fear.
“There is nothing to be scare
of” – are wondering the
protagonists of this funny and
moving film.
Awards:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007,
International Competition: The
City of Kraków Student's Jury
Prize (ex aequo with "Mon dernier
role"/My Last Role directed by
Olivier Ayache-Vidal)
W drodze
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
On the Road
written and directed by Maciej Adamek
cinematography Artur Żurawski
music Andrzej Izdebski editing Sławomir Goździk
sound design Grzegorz Nawara
produced by Polish Television – 2nd Programme,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 80 88, +48 22 547 80 95
fax +48 22 547 88 30
executive producer SPI International Polska,
ul. Tyniecka 38a, 02-621 Warsaw,
phone +48 504 06 40 37 producer Radek Styś
Betacam SP, colour, 30 min
Poland 2005
A
homeless
married couple
wonders across Poland
searching for a place to
settle down. They carry
all their earthly
possessions in two
small bags. They sleep
in the woods or in
dilapidated houses and
look for their food in
garbage cans. Whilst on
the road, they tell the
story of their lives;
longtime homelessness
and their relationship
– which for them is the
most important thing in
life.
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Awards:
Media Festiwal "Man in Danger" Łódź, Poland 2005:
Honourary Diploma;
Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto, Canada 2006:
Best Documentary Award;
Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil
2006: Audience Award;
Worldfest Independent Film Festival, Houston, USA 2007:
Platinum Remi for the best editing – Sławomir Goździk;
International Documentary Film Festival Cronograf,
Moldavia 2007:
– Grand Prix,
– Audience Award,
– Award for the Best Cinematography – Artur Żurawski;
The End of the Pier International Film Festival, Bognor
Regis, Great Britain 2007:
– Special Mention in the documentary film category,
– Special Mention in the European film category
Radek
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Radek
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written and directed by Magnus von Horn
cinematography Yori Fabian editing Bogusława Furga
sound design Michał Robaczewski, Justyna Musialska
produced by PWSFTViT, ul. Targowa 61/63, 90-323 Łódź,
phone +48 42 634 58 20, fax +48 42 634 59 28,
e-mail [email protected] www.filmschool.pl
producer Bogusława Furga
artistic supervisor Grażyna Kędzielawska
co-financing Polish Film Institute
DV, black & white, 14 min
Poland 2006
adek has been recently
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released from prison.
He is trying to control his
aggression but in the world he
lives in, it is hard to do so.
Portrait of a young man
who is trying to understand
and change himself without
any support from his
environment, cultural patterns
and the language he speaks.
Does he have a chance?
Awards:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007:
Maciej Szumowski Award (ex aequo
with the film "Cupboard" by Jacob
Dammas)
Rendez-vous
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Rendez-vous
written and directed by Marcin Janos Krawczyk
cinematography Wojciech Staroń editing Wojciech Jagiełło
sound design Aleksandra Zawrotniak
produced by Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing,
ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24; 00-724 Warsaw, Poland,
phone +48 22 851 10 56, phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57;
e-mail [email protected], www.wajdaschool.pl
producer Katarzyna Ślesicka
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 9,5 min
Poland 2006
wo young people
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on a date. Café,
romantic background
music. But for these two
such a going out is
something very unusual...
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Awards:
13th Festival "FeFe – Felliniada", Warsaw
2006: "little FeFe" Award;
3rd European Film Festival "Integration You
and Me", Koszalin 2006: Grand Prix in the
category of documentary;
Polish Film Festival in New York, USA 2007:
Special Mention;
Festivals:
Famufest, Prague, Czech 2006:
official selection;
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
"Berlinale" 2007: official selection;
Cinéma du Réel, Paris, France 2007: official
selection;
5th International Festival Silverdocs,
Washington DC, USA 2007: official selection
Nasiona
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
The Seeds
written and directed by Wojciech Kasperski
cinematography Szymon Lenkowski music Philip Glass
editing Tymek Wiskirski sound design Iwo Klimek produced by
Eureka Media, Smulikowskiego 13/10, 00-384 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 828 48 10, fax +48 22 829 56 73,
e-mail [email protected], www.eurekamedia.info,
www.newgaze.info; Polish Television
producer Krzysztof Kopczyński co-financing Polish Film Institute,
Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing
HDV, colour, 28 min
Poland 2006
ilm in the series “Russia-Poland. New Gaze”.
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A married couple with many children dwell
on the outskirts of a small village surrounded by
the Altay Mountains. They live in poverty, rejected
by the local society. Once a tragedy happened
here. Now they have to pay for the old sins.
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Awards:
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Special Mention at the Prix Europa
Festival in Berlin 2006;
Special Award of the Jury at the Media
Festival "Human in Peril" Łódź 2006;
Alternative Festival of Independent Film,
Barcelona, Spain 2006: Jury's Special
Mention;
European Film Week OFF/ON Warsaw
2006: Special Award;
The CMU International Film Festival
2006 "Faces of Democracy", Pittsburgh
2006: Grand Prix in the Student
International Short Film category;
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival,
Missoula, Montana 2007: Jury's Special
Award;
International Music and Film Festival
– Mediawave, Györ, Hungary 2007:
Grand Prix
International Documentary Film Festival
"Flahertiana", Perm, Russia 2006: Great
Silver Nanook, Award for the Best
Documentary;
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006 –
National Competition:
– Grand Prix – Złoty Lajkonik,
– Kodak Award
– Cracow Students' Award;
AFI Discovery Channel Documentary
Festival "Silverdocs", Washington – Main
Award for the Short Documentary;
28th Big Muddy Film Festival, Illinois, USA
– Award for the Best Short;
Russian Film Prize "Laurel" 2006,
Moscow – for the best foreign
non-feature film;
Best Debut Award at the Cieszyn Film
Presented at many other festivals, including
Festival 2006 for the director of cineINPUT 2006, DOK Leipzig 2006 and Polish
matography, Szymon Lenkowski;
Film Festival in America 2006.
Stiepan
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Stiepan
written and directed by Radka Franczak
cinematography Radek Ładczuk editing Michał Żytkowski
sound design Jarek Wójcik produced by Andrzej Wajda Master
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School of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57; e-mail [email protected]
www.wajdaschool.pl producer Katarzyna Ślesicka
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 13 min
Poland 2006
andom conversation that
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people have on trains and
railway stations while passing
Festivals:
Official Selection of One World /
People In Need Film Festival
– Prague 2007, Czech Republic.
strangers on a journey. A 75 year
old Russian – Stiepan, met by the
booking-office at the Terespol
railway station, recounts the unusual
story of his life.
Symbioza
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Symbiosis
written and directed by Krzysztof Kasior
cinematography Krzysztof Kasior editing Krzysztof Kasior
sound design Krzysztof Kasior produced by Wydział Radia
i Telewizji, Uniwersytet Śląski, ul. Bytkowska 1 B,
40-955 Katowice, phone +48 32 258 24 21 ex 287,
+48 32 258 70 70, mobile +48 693 398 868,
e-mail [email protected] co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 12 min
Poland 2006
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Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
byszek has never moved out from his room. He is
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52 years old and he still lives with his mother
– 72 year-old Zofia. Zbyszek is leaving to a sanatorium in
Ciechocinek. He suffers because of separation with his
mother. When he comes back home, we found out the
truth about their mutual relation.
Przez dotyk
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Tactility
written and directed by Julia Kolberger
cinematography Monika Kotecka music Tadeusz Wielecki,
Jan Pęczak editing Barbara Snarska
sound design Ewa Bogusz produced by PWSFTViT,
ul. Targowa 61/63, 90-323 Łódź,
phone +48 42 634 58 23, +48 42 634 58 20,
fax +48 42 634 59 28, e-mail [email protected],
www.filmschool.lodz.pl producer Beata Gzik
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 16:9, mono, 16 min
Poland 2007
son Ignacy is born to
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Vanessa and Peter.
Ignacy neither sees nor hears.
Young parents are trying to
imagine his world to
themselves, to communicate
with him and to show him as
much love and warmth as
possible. Their world slowly
changes. They start to enjoy
little details and appreciate
small things. After two years
their second son Maurycy is
born. It turns out that he
won’t see nor hear neither...
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Festivals:
5th Łódź Film School Student Film
Review "Łodzią po Wiśle", Warsaw
2007;
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
Pod opieką
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
Taking Care
written and directed by Jan Wagner
cinematography Tomasz Nowak editing Bogusława Furga
sound design Wojciech Emm produced by PWSFTViT,
Targowa 61/63, 90-323 Łódź, phone +48 42 634 58 20,
fax +48 42 674 80 88, e-mail [email protected],
www.filmschool.lodz.pl producer Andrzej Bednarek
artistic supervisor Tadeusz Pałka
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour and black & white, 4:3, mono, 14 min
Poland 2006
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Awards:
4th Łódź Film School Student Film
Review "Łodzią po Wiśle", Warsaw
2006: Grand Prix;
XVI The Media Festival "Man in
Danger", Łódź 2006: Honorary
Diploma
Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
ortrait of a young doctor, who takes care of the
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incurably ill children, patients of the “Gajusz”
Foundation in Łódź.
Śmierć z ludzką twarzą
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
User Friendly Death
written and directed by Marcin Koszałka
cinematography Marcin Koszałka music Adrian Konarski,
Krzysztof Suchodolski editing Anna Wagner
sound design Krzysztof Suchodolski
produced by HBO Polska, ul. Puławska 17, 02-515 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 852 88 00, fax +48 22 852 88 02,
e-mail [email protected] producer Krzysztof Rak
executive producer Natalia Bartkowicz-Koszałka
– DarkLight Studio, ul. Katowicka 48, 31-351 Kraków,
phone +48 12 626 38 01, e-mail [email protected]
Digital Beta, black & white and colour, 4:3, stereo, 69'
Poland 2006
rematorium in Ostrava. The workers speak about the
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process of cremation, different kinds of coffins and
urns. The camera shows the moment when the dead body is
put into the stove, and how the ashes are placed into
numbered urn.
You can get used to death, learn to face it every day. For
the workers of the crematorium it is a usual workplace. For
the rest of us, a place we'd rather forget.
Wojownik
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Life, Death, and Other Oddments
The Warrior
written and directed by Jacek Bławut
cinematography Jacek Bławut editing Jacek Bławut
sound design Robert Sędzicki (Opus Film), Jacek Piotr
Bławut, Wojciech Cwyk produced by HBO Poland,
ul. Puławska 17, 02-515 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 852 88 00, fax +48 22 852 88 02,
e-mail [email protected] producers Jerzy Dzięgielewski,
Aleksander Kutela, Krzysztof Rak, Anna Skonieczna
executive producer Produkcja Filmów Jacek Bławut,
ul. Kardynała Wyszyńskiego 25 m 31/21, 94-047 Łódź,
phone +48 42 252 27 05, fax +48 42 689 04 79,
e-mail [email protected]
HDV, colour, 4:3, 85 min
Poland 2007
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Awards:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– Full-length Documentary
Competition: Honourable Mention
story of the extraordinary career and the tragic fall of a
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Polish kick-boxer Marek Piotrowski. In 1988, just a year
before the fall of communism in Poland, Marek emigrated to USA
with a dream to become a star of kick-boxing. He won the title of
USA Champion and three times he became the World Champion. He
lived in luxury. In 1996 his decline commenced: his father died, he
got divorced, he learnt that he’s not the father of a boy he believed
to be his son, he fell ill, could not walk or speak. His career had
broken, Marek fell into financial problems and became a taxi-driver
in Detroit. After a year he returned to live with his mother in a small
town near Warsaw. Marek fought with depression for three years.
Finally he got better. He established a small kick-boxing school for
troubled youth in Minsk Mazowiecki. His old-time fan advised him
to take on another job: Marek started organizing courses for big
companies’ workers and teaching them motivation: how to be
successful and how to cope with their failures.
Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
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Little Worlds
Ponad chodnikami
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Little Worlds
Above Pavements
written and directed by Piotr Stasik
cinematography Piotr Niemyjski editing Marek Ciszewski
sound design Witold Zalewski produced by Zespół Filmowy
Paladino, [email protected]; Andrzej Wajda Master School
of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57; e-mail [email protected]
www.wajdaschool.pl; Centrala Ltd., Odyńca 59/14,
02-644 Warsaw, mobile +48 693 95 02 01,
fax +48 22 646 62 73, e-mail [email protected]
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 26 min
Poland 2007
poetic story of passion and creation
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of music.
Andrzej – a 17 year-old – is a talented
pianist. His parents call him warmly “Johnny
the Musician” because he comes from
a small town and has no money for proper
education. One day he receives an invitation
for music workshops in Warsaw. Under the
tutelage of real masters of music, along
with thirty other teenagers from the whole
Poland, he practices for his first serious
concert.
Na działce
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Little Worlds
At the Datcha
written and directed by Thierry
Paladino
cinematography Thierry Paladino
editing Rafał Samborski
sound design Michał Dominowski,
Tomek Wieczorek, Studio Sonoria
produced by Andrzej Wajda Master School
of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland,
phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57,
e-mail [email protected] www.wajdaschool.pl
producer Katarzyna Ślesicka
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 26 min
Poland 2006
P
ortrait of a deaf
and mute family
spending their free time
on a vegetable plot.
Scenes made in the
style of a silent movies
resemble slapstick
comedies. The movie
shows how the
protagonists cope with
everyday problems.
Staying out, they do
everything but rest.
They break things and
try to fix them without
any success. They are
truly happy and love
each other. Despite
being poor and deaf.
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Awards:
36th International Film Festival Lubuskie Film Summer, Łagów
2006: Grand Prix Golden Grape – team award for the set of documentaries for the Zespół Filmowy Paladino;
Belgrad Festival of Documentary and Short Film, Serbia 2007:
Grand Prix – Golden Medal of Belgrade;
International Music and Film Festival – Mediawave, Györ, Hungary
2007: Special Award of the Barka Theater;
Polish Film Festival in New York, 2007: Special Mention;
Slamdance of the Road, Kraków 2007: Special Mention;
Vilnius Film Shorts; European Student Short Film Festival,
Lithuania 2007: Grand Prix for the best documentary;
Festivals:
49th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated
Film, Leipzig 2006 – official selection;
Paris Tout Court, Paris 2007 – official selection;
Trieste Film Festival, Trieste 2007 – official selection;
Visions Du Réel, Nyon 2007 – official selection;
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007 – National Competition – official
selection
Przy rzece
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Little Worlds
By the River
written and directed by Magda Kowalczyk
cinematography Piotr Niemyjski, Piotr Rosołowski
editing Magda Kowalczyk sound design Michał Dominowski
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Festivals:
Teheran International Short Film
Festival – official selection
produced by Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing,
ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24; 00-724 Warsaw, Poland,
phone +48 22 851 10 56, phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57;
e-mail [email protected] www.wajdaschool.pl
producer Katarzyna Ślesicka co-financing Polish Film
Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 12 min
Poland 2006
awn. Thicket. Silhouettes of workers. A crunch of
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cutting branches, steady rhythm of work. Slowly
Warsaw appears at the other side of the river. Workers are
regulatating the bank of Vistula river.
Poetic images, editing and sound effects refer to Polish
documentary classics.
Kociary
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Little Worlds
Cat Ladies
written and directed by Paweł Łoziński
cinematography Szymon Lenkowski, Wojciech Staroń,
Kacper Lisowski editing Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk
produced by Polish Television, ul. Woronicza 17,
00-999 Warsaw, phone +48 22 547 81 25,
fax +48 22 547 42 42; e-mail [email protected]
executive producer Paweł Łoziński Produkcja Filmów,
ul. Walecznych 17/6, 03-916 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 617 48 53, mobile +48 601 221 311,
e-mail [email protected]
co-financing Polish Film Institute
Digital Beta, colour, 16:9, stereo, 45 min
Poland 2007
lder and younger, rich and poor, educated and
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common, married and single. Yet they have something
in common – their love for cats. How did it turned out that
they have become cat lovers? Was anything missing in their
lives? Does anyone can be a stray cat feeder?
Moving and witty film about the need of love. The need
to take care of someone, to love somebody, to look after. To
give life a meaning.
Lekcja muzyki
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Little Worlds
The Music Lesson
written and directed by Andrzej Mańkowski
cinematography Henryk Nagrodzki, Andrzej Mańkowski,
Jacek Dworakowski, Jacek Piotr Bławut
editing Andrzej Mańkowski sound design Andrzej Żabicki
artistic supervisor Jacek Bławut produced by Polish Television,
2nd Programme, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 80 88, +48 22 547 80 75,
+48 22 547 80 92,
e-mail [email protected]
producer Barbara Paciorkowska executive producer
Anna Bławut-Mazurkiewicz – Produkcja Filmów
Jacek Bławut, ul. Kardynała Wyszyńskiego 25 m 31/21,
94-047 Łódź, phone +48 42 252 27 05,
fax +48 42 689 04 79, e-mail [email protected]
co-financing Script Agency
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 26 min
Poland 2006
he main character
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– Tomasz
Stroynowski, the pianist
– unravels the world through
the music. While observing
his pedagogical work and his
life’s incidents, we give in to
his unpretentious and warm
understanding of human’s
fate. We discover that the
music itself appears to be
the universal language for
human communication.
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Awards:
International Film Festival OFF
CINEMA Poznań, Poland 2006:
commend;
Film Festival NURT Kielce, Poland 2006
– the Polish Radio Ltd. Special Prize;
Festivals:
Polish Film Festival Chicago, USA:
official selection;
Film Festival "Holiday's Frames"
Cieszyn, Poland 2006: official
selection;
Film Festival HAPPY END, Rzeszów,
Poland 2006: official selection
42nd Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival , Czech 2007: official
selection
Na niebie na ziemi
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Little Worlds
On the Sky On Earth
written and directed by Maciej Cuske
cinematography Radek Ładczuk music Tomasz Gwinciński
editing Anna Dymek sound design Zofia Gołębiowska
produced by Zespół Filmowy PALADINO,
ul. Racławicka 9/65, 85-041 Bydgoszcz,
e-mail [email protected]; Centrala Ltd., Odyńca 59/14,
02-644 Warsaw, mobile +48 693 95 02 01,
fax +48 22 646 62 73, e-mail [email protected];
Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing,
ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24; 00-724 Warsaw, Poland,
phone +48 22 851 10 56, phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57;
e-mail [email protected] www.wajdaschool.pl
co-financing Polish Film Institute
DV/Betacam SP, colour, 16:9, 70 min
Poland 2007
group of supernatural phenomena aficionados comes
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to a small town Wylatowo (Takeoffville). Just like every
year they expect extraordinary signs to appear in the field of
grain. One of the investigators has almost been kidnapped by
UFO. Yet he doesn’t give up and he tries at any cost to prove
the extraterrestrials’ existence.
W sklepie
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Little Worlds
The Shopkeeper
written and directed by Thierry Paladino
cinematography Thierry Paladino editing Wojciech Jagiełło
sound design Thierry Paladino produced by Andrzej Wajda
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Festivals:
Film was presented at various film
festivals including Berlinale 2006.
Master School of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57; e-mail [email protected],
www.wajdaschool.pl producer Katarzyna Ślesicka
co-financing The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 14 min
Poland 2006
o a general store at the social welfare institution area
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various clients come. Some of them come to buy
something, others to talk or sing a song. The film was made
within the project “Reflections” – joint venture of Andrzej
Wajda Master School of Film Directing and Internationale
Filmschule Koeln.
Kino objazdowe
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Little Worlds
Travelling Cinema
written and directed by Marcin Sauter
cinematography Marcin Sauter music Tomasz Gwinciński
editing Anna Dymek sound design Witold Roy-Zalewski,
Andrzej Kasprzyk artistic supervising Andrzej Wajda
Master School of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57, e-mail [email protected]
www.wajdaschool.pl produced by Kalejdoskop Film Studio,
ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 851 17 79, fax +48 22 841 21 35;
e-mail [email protected]; Polish Television,
ul. Woronicza 17; 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 81 25, fax +48 22 547 42 42;
e-mail [email protected]
producer Zbigniew Domagalski
Betacam SP, colour, 52 min
Poland 2006
wo young men Darek
T
and Michal have found
inventive way to spend
holidays. They bought an old
movie projector, copies of
Polish classic movies and they
started out their way through
Poland in old, dilapidated car. In
villages and small towns their
reach children and adults with
their travelling cinema.
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Awards:
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006,
National Contest:
– Grand Prix – Silver Lajkonik;
– Student Jury Award;
36th International Film Festival –
Lubuskie Film Summer, Łagów 2006:
Grand Prix – Golden Grape – team
award for Zespół Filmowy Paladino;
Worldfest Independent Film Festival,
Houston, USA 2007: Bronze Remi in
the category of social-economical
matters
Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
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Postcards
from
a Journey
7 x Moskwa
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Postcards from a Journey
7 x Moscow
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written and directed by Piotr Stasik
cinematography Piotr Rosołowski editing Piotr Stasik
sound design Anatolij Tiurikow dubbing Piotr Stasik,
Mateusz Bała, Iwo Klimek artistic supervising Andrzej Wajda
Master School of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57; e-mail [email protected]
www.wajdaschool.pl produced by Eureka Media,
Smulikowskiego 13/10, 00-384 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 828 48 10, fax +48 22 829 56 73,
e-mail [email protected]; www.eurekamedia.info;
www.newgaze.info; Polish Television
co-financing Polish Film Institute, National Film Institute
of the Russian Federation (VGIK) producer Krzysztof
Kopczyński co-producer Witold Będkowski
(Polish Television) co-financing Polish Film Institute
mini DV, colour, 18’
Poland 2006
ilm made within the
F
project “Russia –
Poland. New Gaze”. Portrait of
the capitol of Russia. Seven
long and static shots made in
characteristic and carefully
selected spots, create a poetic
picture of the city and its
inhabitants.
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Awards:
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006: Polish
Television President's Award for the
best cinematography for Piotr
Rosołowski;
36th International Film Festival
Lubuskie Film Summer, Łagów 2006:
Grand Prix Golden Grape – team
award for the set of documentaries
for the Zespół Filmowy Paladino;
Festivals:
Shown at the Prix Europa 2006
Festival (additional screenings)
52 procent
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Postcards from a Journey
The 52 Percent
written and directed by Rafał Skalski
cinematography Jakub Giza music Łukasz Lach
editing Cecylia Pacura
sound design Wojciech Mrówczyński
produced by Eureka Media,
ul. Smulikowskiego 13/10, 00-384 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 828 48 10, fax +48 22 829 56 73,
e-mail [email protected]; www.newgaze.info;
PWSFTViT, ul. Targowa 61/63, 90-323 Łódź,
phone +48 42 634 58 20, fax +48 42 634 59 28,
e-mail [email protected]
www.filmschool.pl producer Krzysztof Kopczyński
co-financing Polish Film Institute, The Adam
Mickiewicz Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 16:9, stereo, 19 min
Poland 2007
łła wishes to became a ballet
A
dancer and once again she
tries to be admitted to the best
ballet school in Russia. This proves to
be very difficult task. It requires not
only gift and abilities, the body
proportions are also very important:
52% is the perfect ratio of the legs’
length to the height. Ałła is allowed
to pass the entrance exams once
more on condition that she lengthens
her legs. The girl pursues rigorous
trainings hoping to make her dreams
come true...
Film was made within the second
edition of the project “Russia –
Poland. New Gaze” carried out by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute and
Eureka Media company.
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Awards:
5th Łódź Film School Student Film
Review "Łodzią po Wiśle", Warsaw
2007: First Prize;
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007 –
National Competition:
– Grand Prix – Golden Lajkonik;
– The President of Polish Television
TVP SA Award for the best
documentary;
– The President of Polish Television
TVP SA Award for the best cinematography for Jakub Giza;
– The President of Polish Filmmakers
Association Award for the best editing for Cecylia Pacura;
– Kodak Prize – 10 reels of 16mm
film for the director of the best film
on the festival.
Cały dzień razem
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Postcards from a Journey
All Day Together
written and directed by Marcin Koszałka
cinematography Adam Nocoń editing Marcin Koszałka,
Natalia Bartkowicz-Koszałka sound editing Jacek Kołtuniak
produced by DarkLight Studio, ul. Katowicka 48,
31-351 Kraków, phone +48 12 626 38 01
e-mail [email protected]
producer Natalia Bartkowicz-Koszałka
DV, colour, 25 min
Poland 2006
wo suckers from
“T
Poland come to the
house of a Japanese woman,
who is either busy or away
from home. They want to
shoot a documentary about
her” – this is how Marcin
Koszałka explained the idea of
his movie on the set.
Polish filmmakers want to
make a documentary about
a Japanese woman. She directs
them towards nature. Cultural
and above all linguistic
divisions are too big...
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Awards:
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006
– International Competition: Special
Mention of the Jury for "showing
what is usually hidden in most of the
documentaries";
International Documentary Film
Festival, Jihlava, Czech: award for the
best documentary made in Central
Europe
Płonący facet
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Postcards from a Journey
Burning Man
directed by Sławomir Grunberg, Ewa Pięta
screenplay by Sławomir Grunberg
cinematography Sławomir Grunberg cameras Steve Clack,
Mariusz Cichoń, Hubert Bembacz, Michał Popiel
narration Ewa Pięta music Doug Frankeburge,
Michał Szostało, Jacek Szylkowski
editing Małgorzata Łukomska, Steve Clack
sound design Tomasz Gniadek, Doug Frankenberger
produced by Log In Productions, 4 La Rue Road Spencer,
New York 14883, phone +001 607 589 4709
co-produced by MG Production, ul. Jana III Sobieskiego 11A,
05-070 Sulejówek, phone +48 22 783 56 74
producer Sławomir Grunberg co-producer Mirosław Grubek
co-financing Polish Television, 1st Programme
distributed by LogTV
colour
USA – Poland 2006
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Festivals:
47th Kraków International Film
Festival 2007
Toruń Film Festival TOFFI 2006
Warsaw International Film Festival
2006
t all started 20 years ago in San Francisco, when Larry
I
Harvey, disappointed with his love affair, decided to burn
two-metre tall dummy on the beach. He invited some friends,
who enjoyed it a lot and decided to repeat the event next
year... 20 years after, the biggest artistic event in the USA
attracts 35 thousand people. This time to the dry lake in the
Nevada desert.
15 Polish artist participated in the 20. art and freedom
festival. The camera shows the fascinated observers who
become involved in the event to discover a different world in
its extremes.
Pierwszy dzień
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Postcards from a Journey
The First Day
written and directed by Marcin Sauter
cinematography Marcin Sauter editing Tymek Wiskirski
sound design Michał Marczak produced by Eureka Media,
ul. Smulikowskiego 13/10, 00-384 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 828 48 10, fax +48 22 829 56 73,
e-mail [email protected], www.newgaze.info
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Awards:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007 –
International Competition and
National Competition: Honorary Prize
of Students from the City of Kraków
Jury
producer Krzysztof Kopczyński co-producer TVP Kultura,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
e-mail [email protected]
co-financing Polish Film Institute,
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 16:9, stereo, 26 min
Poland 2007
ilm made within second edition of the project “Russia
F
– Poland. New Gaze”.
Far away in Siberian tundra children live in close contact
with nature and their relatives. Even ordinary, everyday
pursuits have their own magic. But every child has to go to
school. By ship, boat or plane children are transported to
villages where during the whole year they are being taught
mathematics and Russian. Everyone has to know who is
Putin and where lies Moscow.
Jak to się robi
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Postcards from a Journey
How It's Done
written and directed by Marcel Łoziński
cinematography Jacek Petrycki, Andrzej Adamczak,
Radek Ładczuk, Leszek Skuza
editing Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk
sound design Jerzy Murawski, Jarosław Roszyk
produced by Kalejdoskop Film Studio, ul. Chełmska 21,
00-724 Warsaw, phone +48 22 851 17 79,
fax +48 22 841 21 35, e-mail [email protected],
www.kalejdoskop.art.pl producer Zbigniew Domagalski
co-produced by Polish Television – Film Agency,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 81 67 Polish distributor Gutek Film,
ul. Zamenhofa 1, Warsaw co-financing Polish Film Institute,
Media Programme
Digital Beta, colour, 16:9, stereo, 87 min
Poland 2006
P
iotr Tymochowicz, a
media advisor,
decided to prove that
anyone can become
a politician. Hundreds of
people showed up at the
casting. More than ten
stated their training. Only
one survived it. For three
years, an outstanding Polish
documentary filmmaker,
member of the American
and European Academies of
Film, Marcel Łoziński has
been documenting the birth
and career of a politician:
cynical player, demagogue,
scruples in his fight for
power.
..
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.
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Awards:
Media Festival "Human in Peril", Łodź
2006, Grand Prix White Cobra;
Polish Film Festival Chicago 2006:
Golden Teeth – Audience Award for the
best documentary;
National Independent Review of
Documentary Forms NURT 2006, Kielce,
Poland:
– Award of the Audience;
– special award of "Charaktery" monthly
for "truth and psychological depth";
National Festival of Film Art
"Prowincjonalia", Września, Poland 2007:
Organizers Special Award;
Middle-East European Film Festival
"goEast" Wiesbaden, Germany 2007:
Grand Prix in the category of
documentary
Śląski interes
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Postcards from a Journey
Silesia Strips
written and directed by Michał Rogalski
cinematography Karina Kleszczewska music Jan Komar
editing Cezary Grzesiuk, Jarosław Pietraszek
sound design Andrzej Kijanowski produced by HBO Polska,
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Festivals:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competition – official
selection
ul. Puławska 17, 02-515 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 852 88 00, fax +48 22 852 88 02,
e-mail [email protected], www.hbo.pl producer Krzysztof Rak
executive produced by OTO Film Poland, ul. Puławska 22,
02-564 Warsaw, phone +48 22 542 86 86,
fax +48 22 542 86 87, e-mail [email protected],
www.otofilm.pl executive producers Jacek Kulczycki,
Sławomir Boniecki
Digital Beta, colour, 4:3, stereo, 60 min
Poland 2006
atiana, Barbi, Landryna i Pati are exotic dancers from
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Silesia. Their manager is Kazik - fifty-year-old former
mechanic who is now also their driver, advisor and sometimes
father. The dancers comment on surrounding world and draw
a conclusion from what has happened to them. The culminating point is their work-oriented trip to Italy.
We get to know four different personalities of female
protagonists, their life views, attitudes towards their occupation. These notions are confronted with the question of their
dreams’ viability.
Elektryczka
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Postcards from a Journey
Suburban Train
written and directed by Maciej Cuske
cinematography Marcin Sauter editing Tymek Wiskirski
sound design Dmitrij Wasiliew, Tomasz Wieczorek
artistic supervising Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film
Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24; 00-724 Warsaw,
Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57; e-mail [email protected]
www.wajdaschool.pl produced by Eureka Media,
Smulikowskiego 13/10, 00-384 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 828 48 10, fax +48 22 829 56 73,
e-mail [email protected], www.eurekamedia.info;
www.newgaze.info; Polish Television
producer Krzysztof Kopczyński co-producer Witold Będkowski (Polish Television) co-financing Polish Film Institute and
National Film Institute of the Russian Federation (VGIK)
mini DV, colour, 18’
Poland 2006
ilm made within the
F
project “Russia
– Poland. New Gaze”.
The director watches the
passengers of the Moscow’s
suburban train with care and
tenderness. From the
fragments of the
conversations, small
gestures, gazes, facial
expressions, a portrait of the
society is composed.
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.
.
Awards:
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006:
– Polish Television President's Award
for the best director;
– Don Kichot – The International
Federation of Film Societies (FICC)
Award
36th International Film Festival Lubuskie
Film Summer, Łagów 2006: Grand Prix
Golden Grape – team award for the set
of documentaries for the Zespół
Filmowy Paladino;
International Festival Cinerail – Metro
and Train on Film, Paris, France 2007:
Grand Prix;
International Music and Film Festival –
Mediawave, Györ, Hungary 2007:
Special Jury Prize founded by Hungarian
Minister of Education and Culture
History Lesson:
Portraits
and Events
Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
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Piosenka i życie
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Children of Solidarność
written and directed by Rafael Lewandowski
cinematography Radek Ładczuk music Andrzej Smolik
editing Jacek Tarasiuk sound design Jarek Wójcik
produced by KUIV Michel Rotman & Kalejdoskop Film
.
Festivals:
Premiere: 6th International Film
Festival "Era New Horizons", New
Polish Films Competition
Studio, ul. Chełmska 21 bld. 4, 00-724 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 851 17 79, e-mail [email protected],
www.kalejdoskop.art.pl producer Mark Edwards
co-producer Janusz Skałkowski with the participation of Planete
in association with LCP Assemblée nationale, RTBF, SVT,
TSR, TVP SA co-financing Centre Nationale
Cinématographie, Polish Film Institute, the PROCIREP
international distributor KUIV Productions, Mark Edwards,
55 bs, rue de Lyon, 75 012 Paris, France
Digital Beta, colour, 16:9, stereo, 77 min
Poland – France 2006
ugust 2005. Poland celebrates the 25th anniversary
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of the establishment of Solidarity (Solidarność). One
of the songs sang in 1980 by the striking workers was “For
My Little Daughter”. This song has become the unofficial
anthem of Solidarity. The little daughter is Klementyna. Today
Klementyna, as well as other Solidarity’s children – Kasia,
Łukasz and Arthur, is wondering about what has been left
from the fight for democracy that her parents fought for the
sake of her future.
Kredens
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Cupboard
written and directed by Jacob Dammas
cinematography Marcin Sauter, Kamil Płocki
music Stefan Thorsson editing Agnieszka Kowalczyk
sound design Krzysztof Zalewski produced by Andrzej Wajda
Master School of Film Directing, ul. Chełmska 21, bld. 24;
00-724 Warsaw, Poland, phone +48 22 851 10 56,
phone/fax +48 22 851 10 57; e-mail [email protected]
www.wajdaschool.pl; Graniza, Denmark
producer Katarzyna Ślesicka
co-financing Polish Film Institute
miniDV, colour, 26 min
Poland – Denmark 2007
irector’s personal
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journey in search of
traces of the past. Jacob
Dammas, whose parents were
forced to leave Poland at the
end of 60s when the
communist authorities started
the witch-hunt against Jews,
comes to Wrocław to find an
old German cupboard. The old
and heavy piece of furniture
has been standing in the same
appartment for eighty years,
serving successive lodgers
– from German Protestant
sisters, through Polish-Jewish
family of Jacob, to the
contemporary family of Polish
Catholics. Until the day the
cupboard has disappeared...
.
.
Awards:
4th International Film Festival "Jewish
Motifs", Warsaw 2007:
Bronze Warsaw Phoenix;
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007:
– Maciej Szumowski Award
(ex aequo with the film "Radek" by
Magnus von Horn),
– Polish Contest Student Jury –
Honourable Mention
Apteka pod Orłem
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Eagle Pharmacy
written and directed by Krzysztof
Miklaszewski
cinematography Henryk Janas music Tadeusz Woźniak
editing Bogdan Saganowski, Zbigniew Osiński
sound design Jacek Stępiński produced by Polish Television,
1st Programme, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 88 91, fax +48 22 547 42 42
executive producer Kalejdoskop Film Studio,
ul. Chełmska 21 bld. 4, 00-724 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 841 21 35, e-mail [email protected],
www.kalejdoskop.art.pl producer Piotr Śliwiński
(Kalejdoskop), Witold Będkowski (TVP)
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 44 min
Poland 2006
artime story of a pharmacy incorporated by Germans
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into Jewish Ghetto which was established in March
1941. A tribute to pharmacy’s owner – Tadeusz Pankiewicz
who inherited Eagle Pharmacy as well as his profession of
a pharmacist from his ancestors – famous Galician
pharmacists.
Pankiewicz, as the only Pole living daily among the Jewish
community, had become the guardian and rescuer for many
Jews. His pharmacy was regarded as an oasis of freedom and
the chance to survive for many people.
Dworzec Gdański
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Gdański Railway Station
director Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz
written by Teresa Torańska cinematography Rafał
Paradowski, Andrzej Adamczak music Janusz Stokłosa
editing Grażyna Gradoń sound design Robert Brudziński,
Michał Dominowski produced by Studio Largo,
ul. Szwedzka 74/4, 30-315 Kraków,
phone +48 12 259 09 71, e-mail [email protected];
TVN (television), The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
producer Agnieszka Traczewska
co-financing Polish Film Institute
colour, 55 min
Poland 2006
n attempt to confront with the painful events of the
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year 1968 - the outbreak of anti-Semic hysteria that
resulted in many citizens od Jewish origin leaving Poland. For
20 years emigrants have been meeting in Israeli health resort
of Ashkelon by the Mediterranean Sea. Thirty seven years
have passed since they left, yet Poland is still present in their
homes. Gdański Railway Stadion from which they departed, is
now the symbol of their exile, the symbol of a turning point
that splits their lives in two parts.
Contemporary stories are intertwined with unique archive
materials.
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Historia pewnego sumienia
History Lesson: Portraits and Events
History of One's Conscience
written and directed by Grzegorz Linkowski
cinematography Jacek Knopp music Artur Giordano
editing Zbigniew Osiński, Bogdan Saganowski,
Ryszard Wiencek sound design Jacek Knopp,
Przemysław Książek (Studio Silenzio), Ryszard Wiencek
produced by Polish Television, 2nd Programme,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw, Poland
executive producer Link Art, ul. Głęboka 12/51,
20-612 Lublin, phone +48 81 527 28 27,
e-mail [email protected] producer Grzegorz Linkowski
Betacam SP, colour, 16:9, stereo, 23 min
Poland 2007
onfessions of a former Security Service
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collaborator - journalist and active member of Christian
Social Association. From 1967 to 1989 under the
code-name “Zenon” he collaborated with the 4th Section of
Provincial Department of the Interior in Lublin dealing with
the surveillance of the Catholic Church and alike institutions,
especially the Catholic University of Lublin. The film
protagonist admits his conscious collaboration and recounts
the nature of his actions. He tries to examine his reasons that
made him he decide to collaborate.
The account of one’s conscience drama, of emotions
related to being informer as well as trying to break with it.
Radość pisania
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
The Joy of Writing
written and directed by Antoni Krauze
cinematography Leszek Skuza music Zygmunt Konieczny
editing Artur Wojewoda sound design Krzysztof Suchodolski
produced by Polish Television Kraków for Polish Television
.
Festivals:
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006
– National Competition: official
selection
2nd Programme, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 89 03, fax +48 22 547 72 96,
e-mail [email protected], www.international.tvp.pl
producer Jolanta Tokarska
Betacam SP, colour, 52,5 min
Poland 2005
bout Wislawa Szymborska, Nobel Prize winner
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poetess, speak her firends, including Ewa Lipska
(poetess), Joanna Olczak-Ronikier (writer), Leonard Nauger
(Slavist), Bronisław Maj (writer), Pietro Marchesani (translator),
Jerzy Illg (publisher), Aleksander Filipowicz (architect) and
Michał Rusinek (personal secretary). The poetess herself
reads the fragments of her poetry. In one of them she wrote:
“My distinguishing marks are rapture and despair”.
Lekcja białoruskiego
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
A Lesson of Belarusian
written and directed by Mirosław Dembiński
cinematography Maciej Szafnicki, Michał
Ślusarczyk editing Mirosław Dembiński
sound design Teresa Stępień produced by
Film Studio Everest, Pl. Zwycięstwa 2d/2,
90-312 Łódź, phone/fax +48 42 676 75 41,
e-mail [email protected],
[email protected],
www.studioeverest.pl; Polish Television
– 1st Programme world sales Mette Vorm:
Dr Internationales Sales, Emil Holms
Kanal 20, DK-0999 Kopenhagen, Denmark,
phone +45 35 20 30 40,
fax +45 35 20 39 69, e-mail [email protected]
co-financing Polish Film Institute
35 mm, colour, 51 min
Poland 2006
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n 1991 in Minsk, the High
School of Humanities was
founded. Its goal was to promote
Belarusian language and training
the future elites of the Belarusian
intellectuals. When Lukashenko
became president, hard times
started. After many harassments,
the last Belarusian school was
closed. But the students did not
give up. They still learn in the
underground. The publish a
newspaper and records
unofficially. During the election,
the main protagonist Franek,
together with other pupils, works
for Malinkievich – the oppositional
candidate. He hands independent
newspapers to the people in the
streets and participates in the
manifestations attacked by the
militia. Franek and his friends
believe that Belarus will become
a free country.
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.
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Awards:
.
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.
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Media Festival "Man in Danger"
International Human Rights
Łódź 2006: special mention of
Documentary Film Festival
the jury;
"One World" Prague, Czech
National Independent Review
2007:
of Documentary Forms NURT
– Vaclav Havel' Award
Kielce 2006:
– Students' Jury Award "Next
– Award of the Minister of
Generation UE";
Culture,
8th International Days of
– Students of Theatre and
Documentary Ciemna
Film Friends Academic
"Crossroads of Europe" Lublin
Association at the
2007: Special Award for the
Świętokrzyska Academy
Best Polish Film;
Award;
International Festival of
International Documentary
Television Creativity "Prix
Film Festival IDFA Amsterdam
Visionica", Wrocław 2007:
2006: "The Moviesquad DocU"
ARTE Television Special Award;
Award;
47th Kraków Film Festival
DOK Leipzig 2006: MDR Award
2007: The President of The
for the Best Film from Eastern
Association of Polish
Europe;
Filmmakers Award
International Festival of
Television broadcasts in Poland,
Human Rights, Paris, France
Germany, Spain, Croatia, Lithuania,
2007: Grand Prix
Latvia, Estonia.
Jeden dzień w PRL
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
One Day in People's Poland
written and directed by Maciej
.
..
J. Drygas
cinematography Maciej J. Drygas
music Paweł Szymański
editing Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk
sound design Iwo Klimek
produced by Polish Television – Programme 1,
Awards:
46th Krakow Film Festival 2006
– International Contest: Silver Dragon
Award for the Best Documentary
International Documentary Film
Festival, Tai Pei: Jury's Special Mention
Worldfest Independent Film Festival,
Houston 2007: Platinum Remi in the
social-economical matters category
ARTE GEIE, ADR Productions,
Drygas Production,
ul. Limanowskiego 11 m 84, 02-943 Warsaw,
e-mail [email protected]
t is 27th of September 1962. On this day nothing particulary special happened
producer Maciej Drygas
in the PRL (People’s Republic of Poland, the official name of Poland under the
co-financing Film Production Agency, CNC France communism).
The filmmaker Maciej Drygas presents the reality of the times, using archival
materials found in public records as well as in private archives. The film is a realistic
black & white, 58 min and likewise metaphorical synthesis of everyday life in a Poland ruled by communists
for nearly half a century. We can see the ridiculous signs of misery and inefficience of
Poland – France 2005 “the economy of constant shortage”, gloomy but funny examples of propagandist lies
and numerous cases of hidden violence. Thanks to the forces of the communist
government, namely: the police, the home army, privileged apparatchiks and tireless
secret police, total control and monstrous surveillance of society was possible. All this
constituted an efficient mechanism used to constantly harass innocent citizens.
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Profesor. O Leszku Kołakowskim
History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Philosophy Professor. On Leszek Kołakowski
director Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz
written by Andrzej Franaszek
cinematography Rafał Paradowski editing Grażyna Gradoń
sound design Robert Brudziński
produced by Polish Television, 2nd Programme,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 80 92,
e-mail [email protected],
[email protected]
producer Agnieszka Traczewska
executive producer Studio Filmowe Largo,
mobile +48 601 40 85 30, e-mail [email protected]
co-financing Polish Film Institute
colour, 57 min
Poland 2006
he portrait of Leszek Kołakowski, an outstanding
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philosopher and historian od ideas, contemporary
Polish intellectual. The story of his life – ideological as well as
personal until 1968 – the year he left Poland. Kołakowski for
the first time agreed to talk about such a difficult topics as
his wartime experience or engagement in Marxist ideology.
Presenting unknown facts from the philosopher’s life
unique archive recorings are shown, including operational
materials of Communist Secret Service.
Portrecista
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
The Portraitist
written and directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski
cinematography Jacek Taszakowski
music Agata Steczkowska editing Ireneusz Dobrowolski
sound design Marcin Teperek produced by Polish Television,
1st Programme executive producer Grupa Filmowa
Rekontrplan, ul. Belwederska 44, 00-594 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 840 63 22, fax +48 22 841 08 72
producer Anna Dobrowolska
colour, 52’
.
..
.
Awards:
3rd Warsaw International Film Festival "Jewish
Motives" 2006: Grand Prix Golden Phoenix of
Warsaw
46th Kraków Film Festival 2006
– National Competition: Grand Prix Silver Lajkonik
Stockholm International Documentary Film
Festival "Humanity in the World" 2007: Grand
Prix
International Film Festival "DeReel", Victoria,
Australia 2007: Best Documentary Film Award
Poland 2005
ilhelm Brasse, a descendant of the Austrian colonists, famous before the war as a portraitist-photographer,
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was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp for refusing to sign Reichslist. Supervised by the SS, he created
photographic documentation of the camp - from its creation to the evacuation. He photographed what they told him
to photograph: prisoners’ work, criminal medical experiments, portraits of the prisoners for the files. The most of all
he remembers the eyes - hundreds of thousands eyes filled with disbelief, fear, pain, hopelessness. In the
documentary he speaks about some of the photos and tells the stories related to them. Wilhelm Brasse never made
a single photo after the war. The conversation with the protagonist is illustrated with archive stock and iconography.
Bunt Janion
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
The Rebellious Sage
written and directed by Agnieszka Arnold
cinematography Tomasz Malinowski
editing Ryszard Krzysztofowicz, Jan Sieczkowski
sound design Janusz Wiechowski
produced by Polish Television – Film Agency,
ul Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 81 67,
e-mail [email protected],
[email protected],
[email protected]
producer Ryszard Urbaniak
colour, 59 min
Poland 2006
ocumentary devoted to the most prominent
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researcher of literature and romantic culture
– professor Maria Janion. Female protagonist shares her
thoughts on the most important questions of the present as
well as notions regarding her own existence. She argues with
constantly current mythology of Polish patriotism, inclination
for martyrdom and messianic delusion.
Professor Maria Janion has established her own, original
school of Polish humanities. She has educated at least three
generations of modern humanists.
Uciekinier
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
The Runaway
written and directed by Marek Tomasz Pawłowski
cinematography Jacek Januszyk music Michał Lorenc art director Andrzej Czyczyło costume design Krzysztof Kłoskowski
editing Jan Mikołaj Mironowicz sound design Jacek Hamela
.
Awards:
47th Kraków Film Festival 2007
– National Competiton: Audience
Award
cast Marcin Bartosz, Łukasz Bednarz, Grzegorz Czapiński,
Kacper Czyczyło, Roman Kufel, Jakub Pędziwiatr, Mirek
Śmielak, Maciej Ilczuk, Jacek Steciuk, Stanisław Stuła
produced by Zoyda Art Production,
ul. Powstańców 15D/502, 05-091 Warsaw – Ząbki,
phone +48 22 799 92 22, mobile +48 605 10 35 53,
e-mail [email protected]; Polish Television, 1st Programme,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw;
phone +48 22 547 81 25, fax +48 22 547 42 42,
e-mail [email protected]
producer Małgorzata Walczak executive producer Zoyda Art
Production co-financing Polish Film Institute
Digital Beta, colour & black and white, 16:9, stereo, 56 min
Poland 2006
fictionalized documentary about the most daring
escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp when
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four prisoners escaped taking the SS arms, uniforms and the
commandant’s car.
The story is told by Kazimierz Piechowski, an
eighty-year-old who spent after the war ten years in Stalinist
prison. Communist authorities imprisoned him for being
a soldier in the Home Army. After the communism collapse
Piechowski in the age of seventy has become a globetrotter.
Until now he has visited sixty countries in all continents.
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Still Alive – film o Krzysztofie Kieślowskim
History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Still Alive – Film about Krzysztof Kieślowski
director Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz
written by Stanisław Zawiśliński
cinematography Andrzej Adamczak editing Grażyna Gradoń
on-line editing Marcin Bukojemski
sound design Jerzy Wojciech Pluciński
produced by Es-Media, Łucka 20/1101, 00-854 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 654 17 31; Polish Television – Film Agency,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 81 67 producers Sławomir Salamon,
Jerzy Jakutowicz co-financing Polish Film Institute
colour, 86 min
Poland 2006
film portrait of one of the greatest filmmakers of
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Polish cinema. People who worked with Krzysztof
Kieślowski speak about their relations with the director. “Still
Alive” discusses the phenomenon of the director’s popularity
abroad and confronts it with the reception of his work in
Poland.
Archive material were used in the documentary:
documentation of Kieślowski’s work on the set, his
commentaries on his cinema, fragments of documentaries
and features. The film was created on the 10th anniversary
of Kieślowski’s death.
To nasza młodość
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Such Was Our Youth
written and directed by Michał
Nekanda-Trepka
cinematography Andrzej Musiał music Wiktor Podgórski
editing Dorota Wardęszkiewicz, Paweł Deliś
sound design Wojciech Pluciński, Tadeusz Bukowski,
Dariusz Kopciński, Paweł Doroszko
.
Awards:
Media Festival "Men in Danger" Łódź
2006: Educational Films and
Programmes Production Company
Award
produced by Polish Television, 2nd Programme,
ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw
executive producer Studio Filmowe Everest,
pl. Zwycięstwa 2d nr 2, 90-312 Łódź,
moving documentary about the war trauma of Polish
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children displaced from Poznan area and Warsaw to the
concentration camp of Gross Rosen during the rise and fall of
the uprising in 1944. Zenek Cicki was 14 years old when he was
placed in the concentration camp. Marian Marciniak was 15 years
old when he was placed in the famous stone pits of Gross
producer Mirosław Dembiński Rosen. After few months he miraculously escaped and went to
another kommando. Norbert Widok was 18 years old but he had
colour, 28 min earlier spent three years in other camps. Wacław Bryjanowski
Poland 2006 was 17 years old. Previously he had been forced to work in a
railway wagon factory. Mieczysław Ścieżyński was 16 years old
when he became the camp’s prisoner. The film consists of their
memories. Although many years have passed, their accounts are
as vivid as it all happened yesterday.
phone/fax +48 42 676 75 41, mobile +48 601 213 630,
e-mail [email protected], www.studioeverest.pl
Powiedz mi, dlaczego?
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Tell Me Why
written and directed by Małgorzata
Imielska
cinematography Tomasz Tupalski
music Fiodor Korol-Borodziuk editing Ewa Smal
sound design Łukasz Nowicki, Piotr Żaczek
produced by Film Studio Kalejdoskop, ul. Chełmska 21,
00-724 Warszawa, phone +48 22 851 17 79,
e-mail [email protected];
Polish Television 1st Programme
producer Wojciech Szczudło
co-financing Polish Film Institute
colour, 48’
Poland 2005
T
hey met in 1936 in Otwock as high
school pupils. The fell in love for
the first time. When the war started, Stella
and Jurek were in serious danger as they
were both Jews. Jurek has arranged for the
falsified gentile papers and joined the
conspiracy. Being brave and cunning he
saved himself and helped Stella get out of
the ghetto. They were secretly married.
But later Jurek was arrested by the
Germans and sent to a concentration
camp. He couldn’t contact Stella. Jurek
managed to survive and started looking
for his wife after the war was finished. He
learned that Stella had another husband
and left for the USA. After 50 years they
remember their first love. She lives in the
USA, he is in Israel. Jurek wants to meet
Stella to learn why she left him.
.
.
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Awards:
46th Kraków Film Festival
2006 – National
Competition:
– Audience Award;
– The President of the
Association of Polish
Filmmakers Award
8th International Days of
Documentary Cinema
"Crossroads of Europe",
Lublin 2007: Special
Mention
Worldfest Independent
Film Festival, Houston
2007: Bronze Remi in the
category of propagation
of world-wide peace and
understanding
Zabić w sobie nienawiść
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
To Kill Hatred
written and directed by Piotr Morawski
cinematography Andrzej Adamczak music Jarosław Lublin
editing Bogdan Saganowski sound design Bogdan Żmirek,
Przemysław Jaworski produced by Polish Television
– 1st Programme, ul. Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw,
phone +48 22 547 88 91, fax +48 22 547 42 42,
e-mail anna.kowalewska-onaszk[email protected]
producer Mirosław Chojecki, Piotr Weychert
executive producer Media Kontakt, ul. Wilcza 12 C,
00-532 Warsaw, phone +48 22 627 28 31-34,
fax +48 22 622 60 13
e-mail [email protected] www.kontakt.ant.pl
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, stereo, 23 min
Poland 2006
.
Festivals:
The 8th International Days of
Documentary Cinema "Crossroads of
Europe"
ne of the last interviews with Jacek Kuroń
O
recorded shortly before his death. Jacek Kuroń was
one of the leaders of democratic opposition, and the
co-founder of the Workers’ Defence Committee. In the
interview Kuroń shares his experience about relations
with the communist Security Service. His account is
juxtaposed with the statement of Jan Lesiak – ex Secret
Service colonel who was the “guardian” of Kuroń in the
last period of PRL.
Dwie szuflady
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History Lesson: Portraits and Events
Two Drawers
written and directed by Jan Strękowski
cinematography Andrzej Adamczak music Jarosław Lublin
editing Marek Mirkiewicz sound design Marek Głowiński
produced by Media Kontakt, ul. Wilcza 12 C,
00-532 Warsaw, phone +48 22 627 28 31,
e-mail [email protected], [email protected]
producer Mirosław Chojecki
Betacam SP, colour, 4:3, mono, 55 min
Poland 2006
.
Awards:
IV Jewish Motifs International Film
Festival, Warsaw 2007 – official
selection
rofesor Michał Głowiński, an outstanding literature
P
theorist and researcher, after PRL collapsed he revealed
himsalf also as an author of publications taking down communist
newspeak. A documentation for his books he has gathered in the
drawer for 25 years, since the middle of 60s. Even longer, in the
second drawer, waited for publication the wartime events that
fell on Głowiński’s childhood: ghetto, hiding on the Aryan side.
After 50 years he wrote it down and published in book “Black
Seasons”.
Two totalitariansm: hitlerism and communism, and two
drawers: real one in which he was gathering notes regarding his
life in PRL, and the drawer of remembrance in which he was
hiding the memories of the scarriest moments in his life. These
two drawers compose two main plots of the film picturing the
man and the world which profesor Głowiński wrote down in his
books.
Financing of
Documentaries by
Polish Film Institute
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Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
POLISH FILM INSTITUTE
T
he Polish Film Institute was set up to encourage more
viewers to watch Polish films in addition to restoring the
prestige of our national cinema throughout the world. In 2006
the Institute allocated 78 million PLN to finance 702 projects
in the field of cinema. Among them are 44 feature films
(including 21 international co-productions), 86 documentary
and 16 animated productions. Funds allocated for 2007 –
80,5 million PLN.
The Polish Film Institute commenced functioning in
September 2005, its establishment on the basis of the cinematography law introduced a modern system of support for
national film industry; which has successfully operated in
other European countries for many years. A significant feature
of the system is its comprehensiveness; which is facilitating
every phase of movie creation, and its subsequent promotion
and distribution in Poland as well as abroad.
The Polish Film Institute co-finances Polish film ventures; from
the project conception, through development and production,
to promotion and distribution and wider dissemination of film
culture, thus improving cinema infrastructure and elevating
the professional skills of film crews.
The primary objective of the Polish Film Institute is to assist
the production of the highest possible number of films, not
only those representing a high artistic value but also to those
which may appeal to both Polish and foreign audiences; the
Institute allocates 70% of its resources to this purpose. The
Polish Film Institute also grants special privileges to assist
debutants and to filmmakers willing to produce their second
movie. A separate priority within the Operational Programmes
is devoted to artists who are commencing their film career.
Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 21/23
00-071 Warszawa
tel. +48 22 42 10 518
fax +48 22 42 10 241
[email protected]
www.pisf.pl
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Funds allocated for 2007 – 4.5 million PLN
b)
Fictionalized documentary will be subsidized within
the allocation of the Priority II.
c)
1. The objective of the priority is to support
documentary film production.
2. Qualifying project types:
Subsidizing documentary film production
3. Condition for subsidy:
Full length documentary film:
a) for full length documentary films (over 70 minutes),
primarily intended for public screening in cinemas, the
maximum subsidy cannot exceed 50% of the total budget
or the sum of 2 million PLN;
b) for full length documentary films qualified as difficult,
primarily intended for public screening in cinemas (over 70
minutes), the maximum subsidy cannot exceed 70% of
the total budget or the sum of 800 000 PLN;
c) for full length documentary and low budget films (over 70
minutes), primarily intended for public screening in
cinemas, the maximum subsidy cannot exceed 70% of
the total budget or the sum of 500 000 PLN;
Documentary film:
a) for documentary films, the maximum subsidy cannot
exceed 50% of the total budget or the sum of 400 000
PLN;
for documentary films qualified as difficult, the maximum
subsidy cannot exceed 70% of the total budget or the
sum of 250 000 PLN;
for documentary and low budget films, the maximum
subsidy cannot exceed 50% of the total budget or the
sum of 150 000 PLN;
In certain cases when justified and after following additional
expert guidance, the General Director of the Polish Film
Institute may increase funding beyond the limits given above;
however the amount cannot exceed 50% of the available
subsidy quotas. In the case of international co-productions,
the subsidy may be increased by a further 35%, with the
exception of low budget films which are excluded from this
addition.
In all cases of increased subsidy, following the addition to the
basic quota, the total amount of PFI funding must comply with
the appropriate percentage subsidy limits for any given film
category. For international co-productions, these limits will
only apply to the total amount of financial participation by the
Polish co-producer within the total production budget.
In the case of film projects for which the television
broadcaster is a co-producer, or funds obtained from television
are one of the sources of funding, the producer should attach
to the application the statement of agreement with the
broadcaster. The statement concerning distribution of rights
with the broadcaster should guarantee that the producer
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Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
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retains material rights proportionate to the PFI subsidy and his
own contribution. The application should include the value of
rights to multiple film transmission by the broadcaster: the
amount in money, in percentage or as the difference between
the producer and broadcaster’s percentage revenue share in
diverse exploitation fields. The contract with the broadcaster
should describe income division from the sublicense (when the
broadcaster is film co-producer), including the value of rights
and shares retained by the producer.
Moreover, projects that apply for aid in the form of guarantee
or refund loans will be given priority.
f)
producer’s and director’s achievements to date including
artistic and economic results of their latest films;
audience frequency at cinemas, sale and rent of
referenced DVD/video cassettes (if refers to), number of
TV transmissions, sale abroad;
g) participation at Polish and international festivals and
festival awards;
h) exploitation fields for the film, confirmed by letters of
intent;
i) in the case of the second film, the assessment of the
debut film;
j) number if debutants involved in the production;
k) level and form of the aid applied for.
4. Beneficiaries:
Film producers
5. Selection criteria:
While selecting the projects the following criteria will be taken
into consideration:
a) correctness of the application; artistic, educational,
humanistic and ethical values including novelty, exploring
new thematic areas and current social problems; depth of
presented phenomena and making synthesis and general
conclusions, dramatic construction precision;
b) significance for national culture and enhancement of
national tradition as well as Polish language including
reviving Polish cultural achievements, dealing with
important historical subjects, strengthening national
identity and promoting patriotic ideas, presenting regional
richness and diversity;
c) enrichment of European cultural diversity;
d) anticipated results of the venture including audience or
participants diversity;
e) economical and financial conditions for completion of the
undertaking including contribution of non-public and
international funds to the venture budget and anticipated
economic result of the venture;
6. Conditions of accounting:
An applicant is obliged to count subsidies according to
conditions defined in the contract and to submit the following
documents:
a) key stage reports on progress with regard to the schedul
of subsidy stage payment;
b) final report;
c) financial account for the task.
7. Others:
A producer is obliged to present the film for the PFI approval.
A producer must place information concerning the PFI subsidy
and the PFI logotype on each film copy. When the producer’s
logo is placed in trailers or other audiovisual advertisements,
similar placement of the PFI logo is also entailed.
When the film is released on VHS, DVD carrier or made
available through VoD or Internet, each carrier and file should
display information on the PFI subsidy (PFI logo) as well as PFI
logo on the DVD and VHS cover.
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Adamek, Maciej 23
Arnesen, Magnus 6
Arnold, Agnieszka 62
Bławut, Jacek 32
Ciszewski, Cezary 15
Cuske Maciej 39, 50
Dammas, Jacob 53
Dembiński, Mirosław 58
Dobrowolski Ireneusz 61
Drygas, Maciej J. 59
Franczak, Radka 27
Gabryjelska, Renata 18
Górska, Monika 21
Grunberg Sławomir 46
Horn, Magnus von 24
Imielska Małgorzata 66
Kasior, Krzysztof 28
Kasperski, Wojciech 26
Kolberger, Julia 29
Komasa, Jan 14
Koszałka, Marcin 12, 31, 45
Kowalczyk, Magda 36
Krauze, Antoni 57
Krawczyk, Marcin Janos 25
Lankosz, Borys 19
Latałło, Marcin 9
Leniec, Adam 10
Lewandowski, Rafael 52
Linkowski, Grzegorz 56
Łoziński, Marcel 48
Łoziński, Paweł 37
Malmqvist, Jennifer 7
Mańkowski, Andrzej 38
Miklaszewski Krzysztof 54
Morawski, Piotr 67
Nekanda-Trepka, Michał 65
Paladino, Thierry 35, 40
Pawluczuk, Monika 20
Pawłowski, Marek Tomasz 63
Pięta, Ewa 46
Popko, Paweł 11
Rogalski, Michał 49
Sauter, Marcin 41, 47
Skalski, Rafał 44
Stasik, Piotr 34, 43
Strękowski, Jan 68
Szołajski, Konrad 13
Szumowska, Małgorzata 22
Titkow, Andrzej 16
Wagner, Jan 30
Wolski, Tomasz 17
Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Maria 55, 60, 64
Želakeviciute, Vita 8
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Polish Documentaries 2006/2007
Index of English Titles
4 proposals / 4 oferty matrymonialne 6
7 x Moscow / 7 x Moskwa 43
13 Years and 10 Months / 13 lat i 10 miesięcy 7
52 Percent, The / 52 procent 44
Above Pavements / Ponad chodnikami 34
All Day Together / Cały dzień razem 45
At the Datcha / Na działce 35
Beyond The Wall / Po tamtej stronie 8
Burning Man / Płonący facet 46
By the River / Przy rzece 36
Cat Ladies / Kociary 37
Children of Solidarność / Piosenka i życie 52
Constellations / Konstelacje 9
Cripple_38 / Kaleka_38 10
Cu... Cu... Coo’s Egg / Ku... ku... kułcze jajo 11
Cupboard / Kredens 53
Eagle Pharmacy / Apteka pod Orłem 54
Existence, The / Istnienie 12
First Day, The / Pierwszy dzień 47
Fat to Bed, the Slim to the Ball..., The / Gruba do łóżka,
chuda na bal... 13
Flow, The / Spływ 14
Freedom Is a God-Given Gift / Wolność jest darem Boga 15
Gdański Railway Station / Dworzec Gdański 55
Got It? / Masz już to? 16
History of One’s Conscience / Historia pewnego sumienia 56
Hospital / Klinika 17
How It’s Done / Jak to się robi 48
Janek / Janek 18
Joy of Writing / Radość pisania 57
Kurc / Kurc 19
Lesson of Belarusian, A / Lekcja białoruskiego 58
Models / Modelki 20
Music Lesson, The / Lekcja muzyki 38
My Baby Is an Angel / Moje dziecko jest aniołem 21
Nothing To Be Scared Of / A czego tu się bać 22
On the Road / W drodze 23
On the Sky On Earth / Na niebie na ziemi 39
One Day in People’s Poland / Jeden dzień w PRL 59
Philosophy Professor. On Leszek Kołakowski /Profesor.
O Leszku Kołakowskim 60
Portraitist, The / Portrecista 61
Radek / Radek 24
Rebellious Sage, The / Bunt Janion 62
Rendez-vous / Rendez-vous 25
Runaway, The / Uciekinier 63
Seeds, The / Nasiona 26
Shopkeeper, The / W sklepie 40
Silesia Strips / Śląski interes 49
Stiepan / Stiepan 27
Still Alive – Film about Krzysztof Kieślowski / Still Alive
– film o Krzysztofie Kieślowskim 64
Suburban Train / Elektryczka 50
Such Was Our Youth / To nasza młodość 65
Symbiosis / Symbioza 28
Tactility / Przez dotyk 29
Taking Care / Pod opieką 30
Tell Me Why / Powiedz mi, dlaczego 66
To Kill Hatred / Zabić w sobie nienawiść 67
Travelling Cinema / Kino objazdowe 41
Two Drawers / Dwie szuflady 68
User Friendly Death / Śmierć z ludzką twarzą 31
Warrior, The / Wojownik 32
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4 oferty matrymonialne / 4 proposals 6
7 x Moskwa / 7 x Moscow 43
13 lat i 10 miesięcy / 13 Years and 10 Months 7
52 procent / 52 Percent, The 44
A czego tu się bać / Nothing To Be Scared Of 22
Apteka pod Orłem / Eagle Pharmacy 54
Bunt Janion / Rebellious Sage, The 62
Cały dzień razem / All Day Together 45
Dwie szuflady / Two Drawers 68
Dworzec Gdański / Gdański Railway Station 55
Elektryczka / Suburban Train 50
Gruba do łóżka, chuda na bal... / Fat to Bed, the Slim to the Ball...,
The 13
Historia pewnego sumienia / History of One’s Conscience 56
Istnienie / Existence, The 12
Jak to się robi / How It’s Done 48
Janek / Janek 18
Jeden dzień w PRL / One Day in People’s Poland 59
Kaleka_38 / Cripple_38 10
Kino objazdowe / Travelling Cinema 41
Klinika / Hospital 17
Kociary / Cat Ladies 37
Konstelacje / Constellations 9
Kredens / Cupboard 53
Ku... ku... kułcze jajo / Cu... Cu... Coo’s Egg 11
Kurc / Kurc 19
Lekcja białoruskiego / Lesson of Belarusian, A 58
Lekcja muzyki / Music Lesson, The 38
Masz już to? / Got It? 16
Modelki / Models / 20
Moje dziecko jest aniołem / My Baby Is an Angel 21
Na działce / At the Datcha 35
Na niebie na ziemi / On the Sky On Earth 39
Nasiona / Seeds, The 26
Pierwszy dzień / First Day, The 47
Piosenka i życie / Children of Solidarność 52
Płonący facet / Burning Man 46
Po tamtej stronie / Beyond The Wall 8
Pod opieką / Taking Care 30
Ponad chodnikami / Above Pavements 34
Portrecista / Portraitist, The 61
Powiedz mi, dlaczego / Tell Me Why 66
Profesor. O Leszku Kołakowskim / Philosophy Professor.
On Leszek Kołakowski 60
Przy rzece / By the River 36
Przez dotyk / Tactility 29
Radek / Radek 24
Radość pisania / Joy of Writing 57
Rendez-vous / Rendez-vous 25
Spływ / Flow, The 14
Stiepan / Stiepan 27
Still Alive – film o Krzysztofie Kieślowskim / Still Alive
– Film about Krzysztof Kieślowski 64
Symbioza / Symbiosis 28
Śląski interes / Silesia Strips 49
Śmierć z ludzką twarzą / User Friendly Death 31
To nasza młodość / Such Was Our Youth 65
Uciekinier / Runaway, The 63
W drodze / On the Road 23
W sklepie / Shopkeeper, The 40
Wojownik / Warrior, The 32
Wolność jest darem Boga / Freedom Is a God-Given Gift 15
Zabić w sobie nienawiść / To Kill Hatred 67
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editors Magda Sendecka, Kinga Gałuszka
translation Agnieszka Kamrowska
photography Andrzej Adamczak, Michał Białożej, Jacek Piotr Bławut,
Cezary Ciszewski, Jacek Drosio, Yori Fabian, Jakub Giza, Sławomir Grunberg,
Jacek Januszyk, Zbyszek Jarosz, Rafał Jerzak, Krzysztof Kasior,
Karina Kleszczewska, Jacek Knopp, Jan Komasa, Monika Kotecka,
Borys Lankosz, Marcin Latałło, Szymon Lenkowski, Kacper Lisowski,
Radek Ładczuk, Tomasz Malinowski, Kate McCullough, Andrzej Musiał,
Henryk Nagrodzki, Piotr Niemyjski, Adam Nocoń, Tomasz Nowak,
Thierry Paladino, Rafał Paradowski, Jacek Petrycki, Piotr Rosołowski,
Marcin Sauter, Wojciech Staroń, Piotr Stasik, Maciej Szafnicki, Józef Szymura,
Michał Ślusarczyk, Jacek Taszakowski, Wojciech Todorow, K. Trajner,
Tomasz Tupalski, Tomasz Wolski
cover photograph Szymon Lenkowski
logo design for the Polish Film Institute Darek Komorek
grafic design LAVENTURA
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 21/23
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