Author Archives: Anna Gawlita

Let’s jump into the well

An extraordinary portrait of one of the greatest contemporary theater artists – Krystian Lupa. It would seem at first innocent, and even an absurd quarrel recorded during one of the rehearsals, turns into almost an hour of conflict between the director and the actor. Through the emotions revealed in this scene, we can look not only at the director’s methodology, but also reach universal truths about the essence of creation, about the interweaving of life and art, about the struggle with weaknesses, about how much we have to sacrifice to get to the truth, talk about the deepest, most important aspects of human existence. We are watching a multi-level, ambiguous performance, which is created in parallel with the spectacle intended for viewers. Who knows which one is truer …

PROBLEM

A seemingly normal afternoon in the city gets disrupted as passers-by are temporarily unhinged from their daily business. A man lying on the pavement becomes a problem not only for the local tenants, but also medical services and the police.

A Polish thing

“The Polish thing” is a 10-episode program about the most important achievements of national design. It was prepared for the centenary of regaining independence by Poland. “The Polish thing” presents usable items, characteristic for a given decade, reconstructs the history of their creation, shows functions in space and presents creators and designers. It is a story about the recent history of Poland, a sentimental and fascinating journey presented in a modern form.

FLIGHT

Is the plane a symbol of modernity and freedom, or rather catastrophes, assassinations and deep political divisions? In the Polish pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, the artist Roman Stańczak literally turns the luxury jet over to the other side, looking for a universal gesture. Registration of the creative process is the starting point for a story about the dramatic fate of the artist who, after many years of life exclusion and non-existence in the world of art, returned to activity, almost immediately realizing the sculpture on the most important artistic event in the world.

Comrades

In “Comrades” three young Italians who believe that communism can repair their country, and possibly the entire world, must face their growing pains. A politically engaged “coming of age” film with a dash of humor.

Despite different personalities and backgrounds of the protagonists, they participate in demonstrations, meetings, and support each other. They search for ways to organize the world, find work, and help them feel like a part of a community. However, senior Party members are only concerned with the past, sabotaging any attempts to change.

 

BIG CHIEF

In 1972 a team of French TV journalists came to Poland to secretly interview Leopold Trepper – Polish Jew, head of the legendary Red Orchestra – the most powerful espionage network during World War II.

French TV crew managed to record a more than hour interview with the legendary spy. However, the French crew returned home empty-handed. The whole video material was confiscated at Warsaw Airport. They were told the film’s reels would be destroyed.

After 45 years, it turned out that undestroyed and unreleased reels remained in Polish archives. The journalist who interviewed Trepper in the 70s is now 80-years old French TV celebrity. The screening of this interview will serve as a pretext and first step to tell a part of the story of controversial Leopold Trepper.

White Queen

Manuela, the title character of “The White Queen”, is the wife of an exiled Togolese king, Jules. Manuela’s unusual, royal function provides a distraction from her mundane life in Germany. Each trip to Africa is a fulfillment of her dreams and fills her with satisfaction that she can finally be of use to other people. With every return, she faces the challenge of reconciliation with the problems that were left behind.

The film concerns Manuela’s intuitive search for her identity, as she faces the opportunities and limitations only a life split between two continents can offer.

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