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April 2016, arsenal cinema

filmPOLSKA – Camera art – Special guests: Karina Kleszczewska and Jolanta Dylewska


Documentaries and feature films for cinema and television, shorts and feature-length works, Polish productions and international cooperations - the great range of different styles, genres and working contexts as well as the variety of visual spaces and compositions they create join the two camerawomen Karina Kleszczewska and Jolanta Dylewska who are always very much in demand. We are very pleased to welcome the two DOPS, who both graduated from the renowned film school in Łódź (PWSTFiTV) to Arsenal within the context of filmPOLSKA, the biggest Polish film festival in Germany, and to examine their impressive filmographies on the basis of two films each.

NIERUCHOMY PORUSZYCIEL (The Unmoved Mover, Łukasz Barczyk, Poland 2007, 23.4., special guest: Karina Kleszczewska) Developing Aristotle's' theory of the "unmoved mover" according to which a prime mover returns to contemplation after any movement, the film develops an unsettling "relationship kaleidoscope" of psychological dependencies, wild obsessions and raw violence. Center stage are the factory worker Teresa, her husband, a factory owner whom everyone calls "General" and a group of workers/friends. The film is less of a linear narration than an at times shocking and dramatic horror story - a tour de force for the actors as well as for the camerawoman - one of the most polarizing works of Polish cinema in recent year

HISZPANKA (Influence, Łukasz Barczyk, Poland 2015, 24.4., special guest: Karina Kleszczewska) Not long after the end of the First World War, the Greater Poland Uprising against Germany kicked off in Poznan, which then came under Polish control in a move that was soon confirmed by the Treaty of Versailles. That provides the historical background of a wondrous and mystical power struggle between two magicians who try to change the course of history at a time when the old world is giving way to a new social and political start. Inspired by "Expressionist cinema" of the 1920s, Karina Kleszczewska creates a magical visual world in which the borders between dream and reality gradually merge.

TULPAN (Sergei Dvortsevoy, PL/G/RUS 2008, 26.4., special guest: Jolanta Dylewska) After a long time at sea, the sailor Asa returns to the Kazakh steppes to raise sheep and start a family. The only marriageable girl in the area, Tulpan, thwarts his plans and rebuffs him. In the vastness of the steppes, Asa is not so easily defeated. Jolanta Dylewska clothes his longing and searching for a place in a world where archaism and disco meet in images that combine documentary-like observation with quiet poetry, spectacular vastness and an elegant fabric of impressions, details, looks and gestures.

MADE IN POLAND (Przemysław Wojcieszek, Poland 2010, 27.4., special guest: Jolanta Dylewska) "A film in black and white that is as raw as life, interspersed with blazing angry red." (Anna Hoffmann) Not so long ago he was an altar boy but now Boguś  is running around with "Fuck off" tattooed on his forehead and trying to trigger a revolution on his housing estate. He fights some battles with an iron pole but his revolt ends up going nowhere. The film's pace and volume match the protagonist's anger and Jolanta Dylewska's unleashed visual world of a generation caught up in hatred and anger is just as furious. (mg)

A Polish Institute in Berlin event in cooperation with the Polish Filmmakers Association under the patronage of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg with the kind support of the Polish Film Institute, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation and Difactory.