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Palace

ABOUT THE FILM

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was a despised gift from Stalin. After the system transformation in Poland some suggested to pull it down. But the palace is still standing and doing fine pulsating with the life of hundreds of offices, hosting a theatre, concert hall, cinema and even a swimming pool and city council room. Having already visited a clinic, hospital and registry office, this time Wolski with his camera enters the building that is a reflection of Poland’s everyday life and history. The nooks and crannies of the building and the crowds that fill it make a backdrop to apt and witty observations as well as an inspiration to more general diagnoses.

GENRE: documentary
COUNTRY: Poland
RUNNING TIME: 82'
YEAR: 2012
DIRECTING: Tomasz Wolski
SCRIPT: Tomasz Wolski
DOP: Tomasz Wolski
EDITOR: Tomasz Wolski
PRODUCTION: Anna Gawlita/ KIJORA
CO-PRODUCER: Telewizja Polska S.A. , Mazowieckie Centrum Kultury i Sztuki
Film co-financed by Polish Film Institute, Mazowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, MEDIA

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directed by: Tomasz Wolski
written by: Tomasz Wolski
dop: Tomasz Wolski
sound on set: Maciej Diduszko, Agnieszka Janowska, Bartosz Mleczko
sound design: Radosław Ochnio
edited by: Tomasz Wolski
co­operation: Anna Gawlita, Piotr Stasik, Bartosz Mleczko, Paweł Chorzępa
editorial: Barbara Paciorkowska
production manager: Anna Gawlita
Producer: Anna Gawlita, Tomasz Wolski, Witold Będkowski
Production: Kijora
coproduction: Telewizja Polska, Mazowieckie Centrum Kultury i Sztuki (Warszawa)
cofinanced: Mazowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Polish Film Institute, Media (EU program)

AUTHORS

Tomasz Wolski – scriptwriter and documentary film director born in 1977. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University (Journalism) and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, he has worked as a director’s assistant to Jacek Bławut on Born Dead (2004). His documentary films include Silence, The Clinic, Goldfish, The Actors and The Lucky Ones. He has won a number of festival awards in Neubrandenburg, Pamplona, Wrocław and Kraków, among others.

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA, 2013 (screening)
25th Polish Film Festival in America, USA, 2013 (screening)
20th PLUS CAMERIMAGE, Poland, 2012 (competition)
Planet+ Doc Film Festival, Poland, 2012 (Canon Cinematography Award)
DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Canada, 2013 (competition)
Cinema Verite – Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Iran, 2013 (competition)

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