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- 19.4.2011 19:47 -

Two weeks in exquisite company

Marcel Lozinski2

It is not for the first time that Marcel Łoziński appears in the focus of the portal. Recently, we have published a profile of the congenial and renowned documentarist from the generation of Polish filmmakers such as Tomasz Zygadło, Wojciech Wiszniewski, Paweł Kędzierski or Krzysztof Kieślowski. The five presented films have been made in the course of the past twenty years. After the fall of the Eastern Bloc, the filmmaker was free from censorship; after the vocal, socially critical probes characteristic for his films made in the 1970s, he moved on to making intimate, frequently existential films.

From April 18 to 25, three of Łoziński’s films made in the 1990s will be introduced. These will include the short film 89 mm od Europy (89 mm from Europe, 1993), which received an Academy Award nomination and a number of other prestigious awards. Situated on the border between Poland and Belorussia, at a train station in Brest where the European narrow-gauged railway ends, the black-and-white impression muses on where Europe and the world of Western Christianity end. Two years later, Łoziński boosted his international renown by his film Wszystko się może przytrafić (Anything Can Happen, 1995). The film protagonist is the director’s son Tomek who has already had an essential role in 89 mm from Europe. This time, the six-year-old boy meets retired people in a park in Warsaw, asking them rather “mature” questions about life. The confrontation of his notion of the future and the vision of people who don’t have much time left results in a gentle reflection on life and death. The last of the presented films made in the 1990s is Żeby nie bolało (So It Does Not Hurt, 1998). A follow-up to the film Wyzita as seen from the distance of twenty four years, the film follows the encounter of farmer Urszula Flis, a press photographer and a journalist from the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily, dealing with loneliness, life’s victories and losses, as well as with the borders of Urszula’s privacy, which have already been overstepped by the media in the past and which are again challenged by the film crew in the present.

From April 26 on, you can watch two of the latest documentary films by Marcel Łoziński. The feature-length documentary Jak to się robi (How It´s Done, 2006) shows the unscrupulous far side of politics based on populism and demagogy. In the course of three years, the film follows the experiment of media advisor Piotr Tymochowicz who has decided to prove that anyone can become a politician. Unlike this provocative, ironic and chilling portrait of (not only) Polish democracy, the short film Poste Restante (2009) offers rather dreamy moments. Awarded the European Film Award, the film tells the story of one of the numerous letters addressed to God which end up being shredded at the Polish Office of Undeliverable Mail each year.

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