Archive of films Polish Illusions / Polish Illusions

Denmark / France / Germany / Poland
2012, 85 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2012

In their lighthearted movie, Jacob Dammas and Helge Renner give us a peek into the lives of a few characters living in the slowly modernizing Polish seaside town of Darłowo. They make use of numerous magical moments of unintentional humor, while their seemingly serious commentary is, in truth, gently ironic.


Synopsis

The sleepy Polish seaside town of Darłowo wakes up for another day. And the newest inhabitant in town isn’t one to miss sunrise over the local beach: former U.S. Army pilot Mark Buller has settled here with his imposing collection of army vehicles. A young Polish friend named Mike helps him, serving as translator and driver in Mark’s search through the local bars for "the right one.” 82-year-old illusionist Jan Konstantynow has entirely different problems. The new director of the community center clearly lacks appreciation for his naïve magic tricks, and on top of that Jan’s brother, who lives in the USA, hasn’t contacted him in two years. In their lighthearted movie, Jacob Dammas and Helge Renner give us a peek into the lives of the main characters in the slowly modernizing Polish town. They make use of numerous magical moments of unintentional humor, while their seemingly serious commentary is, in truth, gently ironic.

About the director

Jacob Dammas (b. 1979, Copenhagen) grew up as the son of a Polish political refugee. After attending university in Roskilde, he studied the sociology of media at Humboldt University in Berlin, and then did graduate work in film direction at the Andrzej Wajda Film School. He currently works in Warsaw and Copenhagen as an independent filmmaker and producer. Selected filmography: ABCinema (2009), Kredens (2007). Helge Renner (b. 1972, Kiel, Germany) studied communication design at the University of Essen; cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, and political science at Berlin’s Humboldt University; and communication studies at university in Roskilde, Denmark. He and Jacob Dammas cofounded Graniza productions. Selected filmography: Mika’s Way (2005), Ein verrissenes Dings (2004).

Contacts

Graniza Polska
Grochowska Street 341/80, 03-822, Warsaw
Poland
Tel: +48 506 642 021
E-mail: jacob.dammas@graniza.net
www: www.graniza.pl

About the film

Color, HD CAM
European premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner
Screenplay: Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner
Dir. of Photography: Helge Renner, Tom Jide Akinleminu, Jacob Dammas
Music: Martin Bennebo, Marek Biliński
Editor: Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner
Producer: Jacob Dammas
Production: Graniza Denmark, Graniza Polska
Contact: Graniza Polska

Guests

Jacob Dammas

Film Director / Producer, Production Company

Helge Renner

Film Director, Production Company


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