Another Win For Art of Freedom
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Art of Freedom – the Adam Mickiewicz Institute's documentary film production, realized by Wojtek Słota and Marek Kłosowicz, awarded at the Cervino CineMountain Festival.
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Art of Freedom – the Adam Mickiewicz Institute's documentary film production, realized by Wojtek Słota and Marek Kłosowicz, received the Best Mounatineering Film Award at the Cervino CineMountain Festival in Valtournenche, Italy.
Art of Freedom is one of the films falling under the Guide to the Poles series which focuses on the phenomenon of freedom and creativity in contemporary Poland. The film is about Polish himalaism in the '70s and '80s, the peak of real socialism in the times of People's Republic of Poland. Despite the general financial hardships haunting the country at the time, Polish mouinaneers would organize costly expeditions to the Himalaya mountains, and in effect also earn international acclaim as the best himalaists in the world.
The directors introduce the most difficult expeditions carried out by Polish crews and their most spectacular summit conquests. They expose the main struggles lying at the heart of himalaism: overcoming one's own physical weaknesses, put to a test in the extreme conditions. The film is also a story of courage, solidarity, and entrepreneurship. After all, himalaism is a school of life, a lesson in survival skills, and in the art of true freedom. Wojtek Slota and Marek Kłosowicz present to us the figures of Jerzy Kukuczka, Andrzej Zawada, and Wanda Rutkiewicz.
Art of Freedom was distinguished at a number of other international festivals before receiving the award in Valtournenche. The film has also won, among others, the Best Mountaineering Film Award at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, the Grand Prix at the 17th Mountain Film Review in Lądek-Zdrój and at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, as well as received the Honourable Mention at the 9th Cracow Mountain Festival. At the 2012 International Mountain Film Festival in Domžale the film was awarded for the "its documentary, technical and artistic value, and for showing an important period in the history of Polish mountaineering".
Source: Cervino Cinemountain Festival, BS, 13.08.2013. transl. AM 14.08.2013