Scene from the film Argentinian Lesson
Scene from the film Argentinian Lesson
Scene from the film Argentinian Lesson
Scene from the film Argentinian Lesson

Argentinian Lesson

  • Poland
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"Argentinian Lesson" with its visual aesthetics, its rhythm and composition parallels a narration of a fiction film. This is a intimate story of friendship between two kids from completely different worlds. 8 years old Janek comes to an abandoned village in north Argentina where his mother supposed to be a teacher. Janek is following his new friend, Marcia who fights alone through the family crisis, mother’s mental disease and father’s absence. Working on yerba plantations and brick factory, he enters the fascinating world of child fantasy, and is introduced to the bitterness of the childhood prematurely contaminated with the problems of the grown-ups. This is a film with a social content, but after all a love story with many levels where much emotion is to be read in the faces of the characters. Dialogue is sparse, images and sounds give the information needed, to be step by step involved in a drama of “adulthood”.


  • Original title
    Argentyńska lekcja
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Wojciech Staroń
  • Editing
    Zbigniew Osiński, Wojciech Staroń
  • Music
    Agata Steczkowska, Sergio Gurrola
  • Sound
    Małgorzata Staroń
  • Duration
    59 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Krakow Film Festival, 2011
    • Era New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland, 2011
    • DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 2012
    • One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2011
    • Norwegian Documentary Festival 2012, Norway, 2012
    • International Documentary Film Festival in Munich, Germany, 2012
    • DOKUFEST, Kosovo, 2012
    • Film Festival Cottbus 2012, Germany, 2012
    • DOK Leipzig, 2011
    • Minsk International Film Festival Listapad, Belarus, 2011
    • Festival dei Popoli, Italy, 2011
  • Awards
    • Krakow Film Festival, 2011- The Golden Horn for the director of the best film –
    • DOK Leipzig, 2011 - Silver Dove Award
    • Minsk International Film Festival Listapad, 2011 - Grand Prix
    • Festival dei Popoli, Italy, 2011 - Best Director Award is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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