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Polish Documentaries

The Travelling Cinema
Darek and Michal, buy a projector and copies of old Polish movies on a 16mm film. In an old clapped-out Fiat they drive around Poland during their summer holidays. They bring their ‘travelling cinema’ to villages and little towns, where there is no ‘real’ cinema. On their way they meet fascinating, ordinary people. The director shows us contemporary polish provinces. The film was awarded the Silver ‘Lajkonik’, the Main Prize at the Krakow Film Festival. The director speaks of his movie as follows: I have never thought about what message I am trying to convey in my film. I would like to show the atmosphere of these places, I am trying to get into that mood. The characters portrayed in ‘The Travelling Cinema’ are losers. One is 26 years old, the other is 40. They do not know what to do with themselves. They did not succeed at university or at work. They want to make other people happy, even if a travelling cinema showing cartoons for kids might not be the best way to live a life. But the world they are driving through is the Poland that they dream of. It is a Poland they like – lost towns where people can still concentrate on watching good old movies, where they can live peacefully next to each other.

Anything Can Happen
A 6-year-old boy (Tomasz, son of Marcel Lozinski, the director) dressed in a red jacket is riding a scooter through a huge park which seems like a secret garden to him. He watches with interest the trees, the peacocks walking proudly along the paths and nimble squirrels. But what he finds most interesting are elderly people resting on benches basking in the sun. The boy stops to have a chat with them. With the openness of a child he listens to all their confessions. But he does not agree with some of them. The ride in the park is like getting to know the world, the microcosm of human emotions, problems, and moments of happiness. The combination of a young boy, who is only beginning to get to know life, and people, who are already getting towards its end, is extremely touching. The title of the film becomes ambiguous when one thinks of these encounters between the young and the old. It is a tale of life going by and the power of life. But the film also conveys an optimistic message: anything can happen, one can meet a small dinosaur or live 120 years. It was awarded various prestigious prizes, among others the International Film Club Federation Prize, Oberhausen 1995, Grand Prix Golden Dragon, Krakow 1995, Golden Spire, San Francisco 1996, as well as an award for the best documentary at the World Television Festival, Tokyo 1997.

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