Jola Wieczorek was born in Poland in 1983 and grew up in Austria. After studying Media Management in St. Pölten and Audiovisual Communication in Barcelona, she worked in Zurich as a production and casting assistant on fiction and commercial films.
In 2012 she received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study at DOC Nomads Documentary Film Directing. During the master, that involved studying in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels, she realized various documentary films that were screened at many international film festivals including Locarno Film Festival, Brussel Short Film Festival and Diagonale. She won the Best Austrian Newcomer Award with her short documentary List do Polski at the Vienna Independet Shorts. Jola is supported with the START-scholarship from the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and lives in Vienna and Barcelona.
«Stories from the Sea» (in development), Austria, documentary, 90 min
«O que resta» 2015, Portugal/Austria, documentary, 39 min
«Letter to Poland» 2015, Brussels/Austria, documentary, 9 min
«Border Crossers» 2013, Hungary/Austria, documentary, 11 min
«Época Baixa» 2013, Portugal/Austria, documentary, 7 min
«The Window» 2012, Switzerland, documentary, 3 min
List do Polski (Orig.) / 2015 / Austria, Belgium / 9 min
Having grown up first in Poland and then in Austria, Jola Wieczorek embarks on a search for the life she left behind in her old homeland. To accompany the poetic images she drafts a letter to her Polish alter ego, which remains a speculation, sometimes also a stereotype, away from the shared memories of early childhood. A dialogue with a faded mirror image.
Época Baixa (Orig.) / 2013 / Portugal / 7 min
Época Baixa shows places left behind by tourists during the Off Season in Portugal. We still can sense the colourful days of past summer days. The tourists have left their traces. Sometimes we can even hear them, like ghost voices, from the far distance.