Archive of films 83 Zlota Street / Zlota 83

2004, 117 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2004

An old apartment block in the centre of Warsaw has to give way to a hotel, and its longstanding tenants have to move out. A community of people is being broken up, one which personifies a world and a way of life ruled by esprit de corps, tolerance and neighbourly openness. The blocked up windows and doors of their apartments testify to the uncompromising end of an epoch.  


A hotel is scheduled to replace a pre-war apartment block in the middle of Warsaw, and the tenants of the shabby inner wing gradually move to other apartments. Mrs. Krysia embraces the tiled stove that has warmed her here for forty years. It is summer. Children still play in the dirty courtyard, women lean out of windows, but the building is rapidly being depopulated. The number of blocked up windows is increasing, as is the number of blocked up doors along the corridors. Mr. Mirek brags of his superior birth but no longer bothers to maintain his neglected den. He possesses the key to the toilet and is therefore sought out by the remaining neighbours. He films them as a souvenir to take with him. The veteran criminal Henryk talks into camera about his colourful past. Ella is fond of Henryk but the personable widow soon moves as well[cut:, with the help of the carefree married couple Krzysiek and Iwonka]. A beautiful apartment with a stucco ceiling is inhabited by the elderly “Baroness.”
The lonely well-groomed woman lives in a world of music. The first snow has fallen and Mr. Mirek’s furniture is carried out...

About the director

Ewa Borzecka (b. 1960, Warsaw) graduated from Warsaw University where she studied journalism and political science. Following this she worked at TVP in Warsaw, and cooperated with the BBC and the Japanese HBC. She has won a number of important domestic and foreign awards for her documentary work. These includes: I Was Born As an Angel (1986), Sheriff Story (1987), Onna - Means Woman (1990), Women, Cats, Children (1996), Thirteen (1997), Arizona (1998), They (2000) and Women’s and Men’s Affairs (2001). 


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Ewa Borzecka
Screenplay: Ewa Borzecka
Dir. of Photography: Marcin Peresada
Music: Janusz Grzywacz
Editor: Agnieszka Bojanowska, Marek Wiezlen
Producer: Barbara Lawska
Production: WIR Film Studio, koprodukce / coproduction: TVP SA - Film Agency
Contact: TVP SA, WIR Film Studio


Ewa Borzecka

Aleksandra Biernacka



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