Archive of films Polish Illusions / Polish Illusions
Denmark / France / Germany / Poland
2012, 85 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
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.
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).
About the film
Color, HD CAM
|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|
|Production:||Graniza Denmark, Graniza Polska|
Film Director / Producer, Production Company
Film Director, Production Company