25.10.2015, Sunday, 15:00
Akademia Sztuki, pl. Orła Białego 2 (where is that?)
Blok tematyczny: The Polish Competition
What can be surprising about the Polish Competition is that no fewer than 5 authors of the films presented here are not from Poland. Poland, however, produced or co-produced each of these titles. It may serve as an example of the disappearing of boundaries in our country, both formal and cultural ones.
Production: PL 2014
When it comes to expression, this documentary is built on: its protagonist's narration, painting, and the director's music. The verbal layer consists of Zbigniew Kołakowski's memories of war. As a teenage boy he survived two concentration camps: in Sachsenhausen and in Flossenburg. He worked at the crematorium. When he got there he thought it would postpone his death by two weeks (that was how often they changed the crematorium staff). It is a powerful film, in the protagonist's own words. And thanks to the protagonist himself – one that gives hope.
Production PL 2014
Somewhere in the high mountains of Armenia, there lives the blind shepherd Khachik. In spite of all the adversities, he has set up a family and leads a quiet life, single-handedly herding his goats on the steep slopes. However, when it turns out that his only son is losing his sight too and has to move to Yerevan to attend a school for the blind, Khachik faces a dilemma: should he keep on living the life of a humble shepherd, or should he move to the capital city too to be with his son? This is a difficult choice for him as he strongly believes that blindness is a curse hanging over his family, and that the only living a devout life in the mountains can lift it.
Production: DE/PL/USA 2014
“What clues are you looking for? What clues? The death of Georg Trakl, insanity, hallucinatory prophecy, the nightmare of history, a vortex filtering reality through a morbidly confused mind. What clues are you looking for?” These questions are brought up by the experimental “RekonGrodek,” whose authors, through dark imagery, relate to the assumed suicide of poet Georg Trakl. It happened in a military hospital in Cracow in 1914. Conscripted in August, Trakl participated in one of the first battles: the unbelievably bloody battle of Gródek. Drafted as a pharmacist, he did not have a chance to help the dying and the suffering. His last poem, “Grodek,” was written after these events.
Production: PL 2015
“It was raining. I was studying for my natural philosophy exam. Noise was coming from outside. I looked out the window. What I saw intrigued me enough to turn on my camera and document the unfolding event.” This is how the author of “Wrona” describes the origin of his short documentary observation. The film is a record of a certain story seen from the window of a block of flats overlooking a park. In a concise manner, it shows human attitudes toward the unusual behaviour of a young crow. This formally simple documentary, recorded from a single angle, forms a universal tale about mankind.