Wojciech Staroń's documentary Brothers won the Grand Prix and the student jury prize at the CinéDOC-Tbilisi film festival.
It is another distinction for the outstanding documentary, for which director and cinematographer Staroń was previously awarded at festivals in Locarno, Lipsk, and Minsk. Brothers by Wojciech Staroń portrays the touching story of the Kułakowski brothers, today both over 80 years old, who returned to Poland to live out their days in their motherland after several dozen years in Kazakhstan. One of them is a rational pragmatist, the other – a romantic artist. Both are very different, but are also closer to each other than to anyone else. Alfons, a painter who relied on Mieczysław’s help all his life, today takes care of his brother.
Although the film by Staroń was created over a period of seven years, the director first met them more than 20 years ago. He visited the Kułakowski brothers in Kazakhstan, and he later helped them return to Poland. ‘I turned on the camera only from time to time’, he said in an interview for Culture.pl. However, this time spent together built an incredible connection that is visible on the screen and makes the viewer feel like a guest in the world of the main protagonists, not an intruder. That’s how Brothers became an intimate tale about going through old age and brotherly love – not easy, but giving strength.
Wojciech Staroń’s film was one of five Polish documentaries presented at CinéDOC-Tbilisi, along with Monika Pawluczuk’s End of the World, Agnieszka Zwiefka’s The Queen of Silence, Åse Svenheim Drivenes’ I am Kuba, and Casa Blanca by Aleksandra Maciuszek.
CinéDOC-Tbilisi is the only international documentary film festival in the Caucasus region. The first edition of the festival took place in 2013. Culture.pl was a partner of the festival as part of the Eastern Partnership project.
Source: own materials, edited by BS, translated by BR & AZ, 26 Oct 2016