Which of the many documentaries produced over the years do still have an impact on the students of the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School Łódź? Which films, filmmakers and teachers have inspired them and what influence do they have on their artistic practises today? Students present an exclusive selection joined by personal impressions and open to discussion.
DAY IN DAY OUT
Kazimierz Karabasz, Poland, 1955, 12’20’’
A documentary about transport problems of suburb inhabitants commuting to work in Warsaw in the late 1950. Eventually, due to the new electric railway system as well as to the hard and efficient work of railway workers, the situation improves.
Krzystzof Kieślowski, Poland, 1966, 5’45’’
Bureaucracy as a Kafkaesque mystery – some people will get the requested help, some will be forwarded to other institutions and others will simply leave empty-handed and confused. Krzystzof Kieślowski’s early work is a delicate observation enhanced by a brilliant montage.
O R A N G E A LT E R N AT I V E
Mirosław Dembiński, Poland, 1988, 21’19’’
This documentary etude is devoted to the history of the counter-cultural formation Orange Alternative, which originated from the city of Wrocław. The film contains footage of happenings organised by the group in the city.
Rafał Skalski, Poland, 2007, 19’35’’
Alla wants to become a ballet dancer and is preparing an audition for the famous Russian Waganowa Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg.
Paweł Ziemilski, Poland, 2012, 17’32’’
This dream-like journey is not an illusion, it is filled with real people and their everyday objects. But who are these people in a “big aquarium”? And what is our position towards them?