The 22nd Film Festival in Trieste presents two Polish documentaries by Marcin Koszałka and the "Beats of Freedom" rockumentary by Leszek Gnoiński and Wojciech Słota (photo). Koszałka's films explore two quite different themes, one hailing back to the overlooked genre of "highlander" cinema and the other on the intimate dynamics of family life - yet both touch upon the difficult emotions brought when death becomes a more immediate prospect, whether it is one's own or that of a loved one...
Fot: "Ucieknijmy od niej", dir. Marcin Koszałka, photo: polishdocs.pl
The 22nd Film Festival in Trieste presents two Polish documentaries by Marcin Koszałka and the "Beats of Freedom" rockumentary by Leszek Gnoiński and Wojciech SłotaMarcin Koszałka
's Deklaracja nieśmiertelności" / "Declaration of immortality and Ucieknijmy od niej" / "Escape from her explore two quite different themes, one hailing back to the overlooked genre of "highlander" cinema and the other on the intimate dynamics of family life - yet both touch upon the difficult emotions brought when death becomes a more immediate prospect, whether it is one's own or that of a loved one.
Beats of Freedom, a film about rock music in Communist Poland written and directed by Leszek Gnoiński and Wojciech Słota, is shown as part of the musically-driven Walls of Sound section of the festival.
Marcin Koszałka's Deklaracja nieśmiertelności is a documentary that harks back to the forgotten genre that is "highlander cinema". The main character of the film is climber Piotr "madman" Korczak, whose profile is set against that of his rival Andrzej Marcisz. The director focuses on the end of the champion's career, a moment which prompts him to reflect on what his life will look like when his is no longer able to climb. It is a moving story about the inability to come to terms with old age and a desire for immortality.
Another painfully intimate documentary by Marcin Koszałka is Ucieknijmy od niej. The film is devoted to family affairs as seen through the prism of his sister. The adult siblings make a vivisection of their relationships with parents and each other. The heroine of the film, a wealthy businesswoman who has not been able to come to terms with the death of her parents, manifests the conscience of the film director. He also tries to get closer to his deceased parents in his own way - by filming their final moments at hospital.
On a lighter note, Beats of Freedom
delves into the world of underground rock music of the '80s. Legends of the revolutionary Polish rock scene share their memories about music, life and paranoid censorship. The film stars Polish music legends including: Marek Niedzwiecki, Krzysztof Skiba, Jurek Owsiak, Kazik Staszewski (Kult), Muniek Staszczyk (T. Love), Kora Jackowska (Maanam) and Tomek Lipiński (Tilt and Brygada Kryzys). In an era when life in Poland was controlled by the Communist regime, the music became a phenomenon, a social phenomenon of colossal power that gave people a taste of freedom.
An important part of the festival is a retrospective of films by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. Another section of the festival will be devoted to the master of Slovak cinema, Dušan Hanák. A great film-maker, an influential representative of the "nova vlnà" movement, a critic and troublesome author for the regime which for years has frozen his socially-engaged works, including the four famous films presented in this homage. A sensitive painter and photographer, today Hanák teaches at the Faculty of Film and Television University of Bratislava.
The Trieste Film Festival is held between January 20-26, 2011For more information, see: www.triestefilmfestival.it