An Ordinary Country

  • Poland
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They were everywhere, though they tried to be invisible. Filming from hiding in restaurants, on the street, in shops. They registered illegal bottling of regulated fuel, lovers meeting in the hotel. They wiretapped phone calls with a man living abroad, during which Poles placed orders for hemorrhoid ointment. They filmed interviews during which, through blackmail, they carried out the process of breaking a detainee to persuade him to cooperate. Another time, they interrogated a woman from whom they required detailed billing of household expenses, including the type of meat and the number of butter cubes used.


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  • Original title
    Zwyczajny kraj
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Tomasz Wolski
  • Editing
    Tomasz Wolski
  • Sound
    Marcin Lenarczyk
  • Duration
    53 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • KIJORA Anna Gawlita
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 51st Visions du Réel International Film Festival Nyon, Switzerland , 2020
    • IDFA, The Netherlands, 2020
    • 30th Film Festival Cottbus, Germany, 2020
    • 32nd Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2021
    • 60th Krakow Film Festival, 2020, Poland, 2020
    • 8th FIDBA Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival, Argentina,
    • 27th Minsk International Film Festival 'Listapad', Belarus, 2020
    • FIPADOC, France, 2021
    • XIV International Documentary Film Festival MiradasDoc, Tenerife, 2021
  • Awards
    • Visions du Réel - Jury Prize Clinique de Genolier
    • Krakow Film Festival - Golden Hobby-Horse
    • FIDBA Buenos Aires - Special Mention
    • Minsk International Film Festival - Special Jury Award


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