Biography of Marek Kłosowicz: director of the documentary film "Art of Freedom" - one of the flagship films from the "Guide to the Poles" series
Marek Kłosowicz, private photo
A Łódz film school graduate, Kłosowicz has since worked regularly with TVN. He participated in many expeditions to Asia and Africa. He organized and participated in the 1st Trekking Expedition of the Koszalin Polytechnic (‘Nepal ’97), the 2nd Koszalin Polytechnic Expedition ‘Kilimandzaro ’98’ , a Lodz trekking expedition ‘Elbrus ‘99’ and the multimedia expedition ‘Aktivist goes on the top’. He has authored several documentary films for Discovery History.
He has directed several documentary films for the Discovery Channel, including: "W cieniu reaktora" / "In the Shade of the Reactor", "Włoszczowa – wierna krzyżowi" / "Włoszczowa-Faithful to the Cross" as well as the "Himalaiści" / "Himalayist" series, which have been shown numerous times in film festivals both in Poland and abroad. The series includes such films as: "Karawana marzeń" / "The Caravan of Dreams", "Ścieżka góry" / "The Route of the Mountains", "Zerwana lina" / "Torn Line", "Głód wspinaczki" / "The Climber's Hunger", "Życie jest za krótkie" / "Life is Too Short", "Strefa śmierci" / "Death Zone", "Wyprawy 1939-1980" / "Expeditions 1939-1980", "Wyprawy 1980-1989" / "Expeditions 1980-1989". He also created the documentary series "Studenckie Show" / "Student's Show", which details the happy history of the most known Polish student clubs, such as: "Pod Jaszczurami", "Rotunda", "Stodoła", "Hybryd", "Żaka" and "Od Nowa".
He also co-wrote the screenplay and produced the TVN feature films "Mój biegun" / "My Pole" and "Cisza" / "Silence" for the series "Prawdziwe historie" / "Real Histories". The screenplay for "Silence" made it to the final of the 2009 edition of the Hartley Merrill competition.
Marek Kłosowicz: in his own words...
"In Koszalin, where I am from, the highest elevation is the Chelmski mountain. It is 139m above sea level. Growing up in that seaside city I never thought or dreamed about mountains. In 1991 I reached the Tatras almost by accident. I was eighteen years old. And, as often happens in films, that event changed my life. From that moment on, I returned to the mountains every chance I had. I started to dream about great expeditions. I started to read books about known Tatra explorers and Himalaists. I admired Rutkiewicz, Kukuczek, Wielicki and Cichy. They were like people from a different planet. If someone had told me then that I would meet Wojtek Kurtyk, Krzyśek Wielicki and Leszek Cichy, or that I would have access to the entire archive of Wanda Rutkiewicz, Jurek Kukuczki and Andrzej Zawada- I wound’t believe them. I would sooner believe in winning the lottery.
Work on the 'Himalayists' series was one of my biggest adventures. And when, years later, I could go back to those materials and create ‘Art of Freedom’ with Wojtek Slota I felt the taste of the mountains once again…"