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Idea of the festival

This year’s Sokołowsko Film Festival Hommage à Kieślowski 2014 is the forth edition of the festival. The first one, dedicated to Krzysztof Kieślowski for his 70. anniversary and simultaneously 15. anniversary of his death, took place in September 2011r.

The „In Situ” Association For Modern Art. invites you to the 4th edition of Sokołowsko Festival Hommage à Kieślowski taking place 5th-7th September in Sokołowsko at Dolny Śląsk, where Krzysztof Kieślowski spent a part of his childhood. The festival is to show that the work of one of the most renowned Polish film directors as well as his sensitivity are still an important reference point for modern Polish as well as foreign filmmakers. The organizers of the festival want to immortalize the heritage of the artist who has been developing his style for several years both by his documentaries as feature films. Sokołowsko Festival Hommage à Kieślowski is under the honorary patrimony of the director’s wife, Mrs Maria Kieślowski.

The World Assembled is the main subject of his year’s edition. The pretext for discussion is Camera Buff from 1979, one of the best Polish films of the cinema of moral anxiety. In its 35th anniversary it is going to be presented in its new digital reconstruction. Before the show, Stanisław Zawiśliński, a journalist, documentarist and a biographer of Kieślowski is going to give a lecture about the film language, the importance of cutting and the truth presented in films. „Is the assembled world Real?” will be an introduction to this year’s edition. The special guest of the festival is Jerzy Stuhr, the actor playing the protagonist of “Camera Buff”. Three meetings with the audience are going to take place. After the projection, the audience will take part in a panel “The second life of a film”, in which Jacek Petrycki, Rafał Waltenberg, Michał Żarnecki, Krzysztof Knittel, Krzysztof Zanussi, Irena Strzałkowska and Grzegorz Molewski (from the Digital Film Repository) will be involved. The panelists will discuss the importance and the process of a digital reconstruction. On Sunday, a meeting with the makers of “Camera Buff” is bound to take place. They will recall working on the film, cooperation with Krzysztof Kieślowski and the reception of the film 35 years ago, as well as it’s meaning today. Also on Sunday, the audience will be enabled to meet Jerzy Stuhr on a special “author meeting”. This outstanding actor and director will tell some unknown anecdotes linked to the filmmaking of “Camera Buff”. On the second day of the festival, the 6th September, the audience is going to see for the first time the exhibition of photos and souvenirs from the film plan of “Camera Buff” and from its première.

The Sokołowsko Film Festival Hommage à Kieślowski 2014 is an event linking together several domains: a film review, creative traineeship, a panel of discussion and numerous shows. During three days, more than 40 film projections are going to take place in “Zdrowie” cinema as well as in plein air. Similarly to the previous editions, the programme presents titles corresponding in some ways to Kieślowski’s work. This year, the films are going to be shown in thematic blocks.

In the block Pretext: Camera Buff, after the film itself, we’ll see films about the responsibility of an artist and his independence. Foreign films that are going to be shown: “Stories We Tell” Sarah Polley, “5 Broken Cameras” of Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, “This is not a film” by Mojtab Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi are going to serve as a pretext for the discussion about transgressing barriers between fiction and non-fiction in a film. The special guest of a panel will be Serge Gordey, the producer of “5 Broken Cameras” (Oscar nomination 2013) and the meeting will be chaired by Marcin Latałło, a director, actor and and scenarist. In a Polish part, we are going to see „Camouflage” by Krzysztof Zanussi and „The Moth” by Tomasz Zygadło. In a block Camera Buff: Supplement, some films about the main film are going to be shown: Krzysztof Wierzbicki’s documentary about the cooperation with Kieślowski and the importance of Amateur Film Club in Chybie and Franciszek Dzida for the film. We are going to see an amateur Dzida’s film “She’s not from here” and Wojciech Szwiec’s Francisek Dzida: Moment of Revelation”. In plein air cinema, the audience will see some amateurs etudes from AKF Chybie. In the block Followers of Kieślowski, Andres Veiel’s feature „If not us, who” is going to be shown. Veiel is a German feature and documentary director who listened to Kieślowski’s seminars In the 80. at Kulturhaus Bethanien in Berlin. We are going to see also Natalia Koryncka-Gruz’s “Hell Heaven” and Greg Zgliński’s school etude “Before dawn”. Documentary: registration of reality or creation is a block of documentaries: Marcel Łoziński’s “How we do it” and Paweł Ferdek’s “Leaders”. A discussion panel with an outstanding documentarist, Marcel Łoziński, nominated for Oscar in 1994 for his documentary “89mm to Europe”, is going to take place. In the block Document(arie)s from the journey, we are going to show: “Father and Son” by Marcel Łoziński, “Everything is possible” by Lidia Duda and “Far from the city” by Maciej Cuske. Meeting the Czech document is a selection of films touching the issues of modern social life with all its traps, sometimes absurd ones. The audience will see: “All For the Good of The World and Nosovice” by Vit Klusak, “Czech Dream” by Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda and Auto*Mat by Martin Mareček. The block 21st century, a new vision will be an occasion to admire the films of an outstanding British director, Andrea Arnold and young and talented Polish director, Katarzyna Klimkiewicz. We are going to show among others the awarded “Red Road” and “Fish Tank” by Arnold as well as Klimkiewicz’s features “Flying blind” and the newest “La Isla”. In the block Young Cinema the ambitious young cinema of films by the young and for the young is going to be shown. The voice of the generation, interesting debuts and films extraordinary for their subject or or realization or those which are awarded on Polish and international festivals: “Them” and “A Moment” by Marta Grabicka, “On the Edge” by Marek Marlikowski, “Our Bad Winter” by Grzegorz Zariczny, “Mother” by Łukasz Ostalski, “128th Rat” by Jakub Pączek, “Mazurka” by Julia Kolberger, “Father’s Day” by Kacper Lisowski, “Two Hearts” by Katarzyna Warzecha and “I’m a Pole” by Paweł Hejbudzki. At the end of the festival, in the every year’s Kieślowski’s Documentary the audience will watch “Talking Heads”, a short 1980 documentary recording a specific survey.

Hommage à Kieślowski presents also other attractions. On a festival’s stand, the audience will answer the questions of a W.A.Y. Project which is meant to create an archive of “Talking Heads” in Sokołowsko, including opinions of people from all over the world. As a part of the festival, a Maciej Podstawny’s spectacle “Tribal Stories”, inspired by Kieślowski’s “Decalogue II” and “Decalogue VIII” is going to be shown in Wałbrzych, at Teatr Dramatyczny of Jerzy Szaniawski. During the festiwal, the ending of an „Intergenerational Production” Project, a half-a-year programme of workshop for youngsters from Dolny Śląsk is going to take place. The first day of the festival, the special show of “Big Animal” by Jerzy Stuhr is planned. And the extraordinary event of the last day is going to be the Patrick Süskind’s monodrama “Double-bass Player” in Jerzy Stuhr’s interpretation shown at cinema “Zdrowie”.

Sokołowsko Film Festival Hommage à Kieślowski is a celebration of the cinema, a meeting of cooperators, friends and family of Krzysztof Kieślowski, people fascinated by his work and filmmakers. Previous editions hosted as outstanding artists as Marin Karmitz, Agnieszka Holland, Magdalena Łazarkiewicz, Marcel Łoziński, Dorota Kędzierzawska, Artur Reinhart, Andrzej Titkow, Krystyna Janda, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Artur Barciś, Ewa Błaszczyk, Katarzyna Figura, Marzena Trybała, Borys Szyc, Zbigniew Preisner and others.

Sokołowsko, situated in Dolny Śląsk, near the Polish borders with Germany and Czech Republic is a town where Kieślowski made his documentary “X-ray”. In 2009, the Archive of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Works was founded by In Situ, Maria Kieślowska and Stanisław Zawiśliński. The assembled works enable studying his mastery. The Archive is bound to become the most important centre of spreading his works by a free access via the Internet. The Archive is hosted by International Laboratory of Culture in Sokołowsko, a place important for Kieślowski.