As his latest film The Balcony Movie tours festivals around the world, we bring you a curated selection of works by Polish documentarian Paweł Łoziński.
As is the case with his newest work – shot entirely from his balcony – Łoziński's subjects are deceptively simple. The titles of the films speak to his intense focus as an artist, often looking at the most modest of subjects in search of the most profound discoveries. A documentary about Łoziński's relationship with his filmmaker father, Marcel Łoziński, is Father and Son. About a Ukrainian guest worker who cleans houses for a living, The Ukrainian Cleaning Lady. Conversations with and between cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy gives us Chemo.
Single locations, even single rooms, are a common feature of his work; few filmmakers have drawn as much from such restricted settings for documentary cinema. It's hard to imagine a more devastating portrait than You Have No Idea How Much I Love You, which takes place entirely in a closed therapy session between mother and daughter. Equally, the Jewish graveyard in Inventory, the site of painstaking excavation, is itself the grand subject of the film: an almost metaphorical site for contemplating and engaging with a half-buried past.
Here you can find an overview of Łoziński's work, from his early days at the Lodz Film School to the present, charting a path to his success with the festival hit The Balcony Movie.
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