15 Corners of the World – Zuzanna Solakiewicz
I had never expected that ‘robotic music’ could be a reflection of the human soul. Until I met Eugeniusz Rudnik, says Zuzanna Solakiewicz, director of the film 15 Corners of the World (15 stron świata), awarded at festivals in Wrocław and Locarno. The film was co-produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
And I thought about the idea: What if I made a film that gives more priority to the sound than to the pictures? A film that interpretes the music in order to capture it in pictures? What if I showed the sound? – Solakiewicz elaborates.
Eugeniusz Rudnik, one of the first producers of electroacoustic music in Poland and a living symbol of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, turned the music scene upside down with just a recording tape and a pair of scissors. He recognized the value residing in sounds that were normally rejected: short, clumsy, ill-sounding. Most producers dismissed them, but Rudnik referred to them as shabby materials and was eager to take advantage of their potential. At a time when electronic music was made on equipment that wouldn't look out of place in a scientific laboratory, Rudnik proved that sounds were capable of reaching out and talking to other people.
I know about:
1. farming – I am a peasant
2. the war – I remember
3. latin liturgy – I was an acolyte
4. the army – I was a professional soldier
5. aviation – I am a glider pilot
6. prison – I was put away in 1952-53'' (E.R., the 1980s).
The Polish premiere of the film took place at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival – Solakiewicz's film received an honorable mention in the festival's International Competition Films on Art. At the Locarno Film Festival, where it premiered internationally, the film was screened as part of the Critic's Week Competition section, which it won. 15 Corners of the World also received the Main Prize at the International Feature Documentary Competition of the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival.
The film was directed by Zuzanna Solakiewicz, who graduated in Humanities from the University of Warsaw and studied film directing at the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School in Jerusalem and at the Łódź Film School. In 2009, she directed a performance for children Wielka kariera krowy Andżelajny (The Grand Career of Angelina the Cow). She is the author of such documentaries as Cabaret Polska (Kabaret Polska, 2008), So, It Goes (Tak, to jest, 2010), and Yorzeit (Jorcajt, 2012), which have been presented at international festivals and on television.
Solakiewicz had exceptionally talented collaborators on the film. The film's DOP was Zvika Gregory Portnoy, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and of the Cinematography Department of the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School in Jerusalem. He worked on the cinematography for the film Short on Cash, launched at the short film section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Editing was conducted by Mateusz Romaszkan, an independent film editor and author of projects for the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Spoken History Archive. He edited and co-created the script for the Oscar-nominated short documentary Rabbit à la Berlin (Królik po berlińsku).
When it comes to sound direction, a crucial part of a film about Eugeniusz Rudnik, Marcin Lenarczyk (aka DJ Lenar), took care of it. Lenarczyk specializes in film sound production. He worked on such pictures as the documentary Domino Effect (Efekt domina), Losing Sonia (Gdzie jest Sonia), Suicide Room (Sala samobójców), and many more. He is also involved in music making. DJ Lenar is considered to be one of the most creative turntablists in Poland, strongly embedded in the improvised music scene. Re: PRES, one of his most recent projects, is an album showcasing his variations on the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
The film's choreography was created by Weronika Pelczyńska, a dancer and choreographer, and graduate of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Warsaw University of Technology. She works with various dance groups in Poland, Germany, and Austria. She is also a member of Centrum w Ruchu (Centre in Motion), a performative arts space based in Warsaw.
Pelczyńska helps bring to life the protagonists of Chekhov and Dygat’s plays. She has them tap dance, ride around the stage on roller skates and swing dance. – Anna Legierska wrote about her on Culture.pl
Sources: press materials, own materials, ed. fl 18.7.2014, transl. Ania Micińska, May 2015Filip Lech