Existence

Direction
Year 
2007
Country
  • Poland
Duration
68min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

Jerzy Nowak, a renowned 84 year old Polish actor who has appeared in Andrzej Wajda films as well as Steve Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List”, decided that after death, his body should be used for the benefit of science. This intimate documentary follows Mr. Nowak as he makes this most personal and final decision and reveals his own dilemmas and thoughts about death. As an actor, Jerzy is playing his last role, while at the same time the first leading role of his life. Personal, ironic and often times positive, Jerzy Nowak passionately explains the reasons for this sometimes taboo raising and controversial decision.

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Details

  • Original title
    Istnienie
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marcin Koszałka
  • DOP
    Marcin Koszałka
  • Editing
    Anna Wagner
  • Music
    Zygmunt Konieczny
  • Sound
    Bartek Putkiewicz,, Piotr Knop
  • Duration
    68 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2007
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Production
      • "OTO" Studio Filmowe Sp. z o.o.
      • Puławska 22 - woj. mazowieckie
      • 02-512 Warszawa
      • Poland
      • tel: +48 22 5428686
      • fax: +48 22 5428687
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy (3.06.07)
    • Wakacyjne Kadry. Cieszyn (7-15.07.07)
    • Camerimage 30.11.07 (seminarium 25 i 26.11)
    • Watch Docs (9.12.07)
    • Lussas (Francja) – zaproszenie
    • ROTTERDAM Int. FF 923.01.-.3.02.2008)
    • PUNTO DE VISTA, Hiszpania (15-23.02.2008)
    • VISIONS DU REEL (19 i 23.04.2008)
    • FilmFest Munchen (24 i 26.06.2008)
    • International Film Festival in Moscow (27.06.2008)
    • IFF ARTFilm Trencin (29.06.2008)
    • MELBOURNE INT.FF. (25.07-10.08.2008)
    • Prix Age D'Or / Cinedecouvertes (Flagey & Musee du Cinema (2.07.2008)
    • MEDIAWAVE, MOVEAST (7-14.10.2008)
    • Letnia Akademia Filmowa, Zwierzyniec (8-17.08.2008)
    • OURENSOU, Ourense, Hiszpania (11-18.10.2008)
    • JIHLAVA, Doc Alliance (24-29.10.2008)
    • Doc Leipzig, Lipsk Doc Alliance (27.10.-2.11.2008)
    • CPH:DOX Copenhagen, Doc Alliance November 2008
    • Taiwan International Documentary Festiwal (31.10 – 9.11.2008)
    • LEEDS International Film Festival 4-16.11.2008
    • "Człowiek w zagrożeniu" pokaz filmów Koszałki: KOS International FF,1-6.09.2009
    • 16-22.08.2009 Etats generaux du Doc
  • Awards
    • KFF - Naroda publiczności
    • VISIONS DU REEL: 1. Young-Audience-Award of the Côte-Hôtel-Association
    • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Of the Swiss Catholic Church and the Conférence des Eglises protestantes de Romandie (CER)
    • TEHERAN CINEMA VERITE - Int. section – Best full length feature (15-19.10.2008)

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