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Poland
2009, 54 min

Section: Out of the Past

  131 Friday 30/6 8:30 Congress Hall
  3H2 Sunday 2/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
  633 Wednesday 5/7 13:00 Congress Hall
  8H3 Friday 7/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre

The documentary captures the two-month working process of 81-year-old Andrzej Wajda while shooting exteriors for Katyn, a film that reflects the tragedy of his own family. More than just a close-up look at his masterful management of a massive shoot, the eloquent fragments compose a portrait of this exceptional creator, winner of an Academy Honorary Award in 2000.


Synopsis

Realized by four former Andrzej Wajda students, the movie follows the titan of Polish and world cinema during the two-month shooting of his film Katyn. Their careful observations take in the director’s daily work routine, which involves, as he himself notes at one point, managing a huge enterprise and taking responsibility for everything that happens. We see him correcting acting performances and camera angles, and not even the smallest imperfection in a crowd scene escapes his notice. Katyn’s tragic topic deeply touches Wajda, whose own father was killed during the massacre, and influences the overall tone and impact of this documentary, giving it a deeper dimension. The aptly chosen musical arrangements, in which motifs of subdued pathos weave through virtually the entire film, contribute to this effect, as does having the director generally speak off-camera. His individual considerations thus interlink more clearly, and Wajda emerges from the documentary as a formidable thinker and strong creative personality.

Zdena Škapová

About the director

Paladino Film Group was founded by four moviemakers who studied documentary direction together at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, established in Warsaw in 2001. Thierry Paladino (b. 1981, Nice), who also studied in Aix-en-Provence and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Marseille, hails from France but the other members are Poles: Marcin Sauter (b. 1971, Bydgoszcz), Piotr Stasik (b. 1976), a Warsaw University graduate in the social sciences, and Maciej Cuske (b. 1972, Bydgoszcz). In addition to their own independent projects honored at domestic and international festivals, together they have created documentaries whose primary focus is everyday life in contemporary Poland. Selected filmography: Old Book Store (Antykwariat, 2005), The Suburban Train (Elektryczka, 2005), At the Datcha (Na dzialce, 2006), The First Day (Pierwszy dzień, 2007), My City (Moje miasto, 2008).

Contacts

Wajda Studio
Chełmska 21, 00-724, Warsaw
Poland
Tel: +48 228 511 056, +48 228 511 057
E-mail: info@wajdastudio.pl
www: www.wajdastudio.pl

About the film

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Section: Out of the Past
   
Director: Marcin Sauter, Maciej Cuske, Thierry Paladino, Piotr Stasik
Dir. of Photography: Maciej Cuske, Marcin Sauter, Piotr Stasik, Thierry Paladino
Editor: Anna Dymek, Miłosz Hermanowicz
Producer: Katarzyna Ślesicka
Production: Wajda Studio
Coproduction: Telecom Poland
Sales: Wajda Studio

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