Cash, a car and a mobile phone.... as well as fish. A group of tough men from around Warsaw organize a new form of entertainment. Their customary meetings over alcohol and drugs also include fights between aggressive aquarium fish which are, of course, accompanied by bets for large sums of money. Such is the extent of this hobby that one of the characters hopes his champion will contribute significantly to the purchase of a new Subaru.
Samosiuk. The Independent Film Republic
The film is a portrait of Zygmunt Samosiuk, a great forgotten cinematographer who died in 1983. As a director of photography he worked on such films as The Birch Wood, Landscape After the Battle and Austeria. He introduced, among others, hand-held camera shots, colour lighting and shooting at minimum exposure. Reminiscences of his colleagues and friends, including Andrzej Wajda and Piotr Szulkin, show a gifted artist and a modest man who valued his work above all.
Gori is a small provincial town in Georgia, like the many others in the former Soviet Union. It has nothing to offer but a high rate of unemployment. But there is something which distinguishes this city from the others: it is the birthplace of the world famous Soviet leader - Joseph Stalin. For many Europeans it would be shameful to have such a compatriot. However, in Gori, especially among women he is considered a saint. The film will be about three women: Anna, Tatiana and Natalia who work in the Joseph Stalin Museum. The dictator is portrayed there not only as a leader and victor, but mostly as a loving husband and caring father. Our protagonists are from three different generations. They have various histories - Anna is a widow, Tatiana is divorced and Natalia is single. Despite all these differences, they all have one thing in common, their deep fascination with Stalin. They see him as a gentleman who knows how to treat a woman or as a simple Georgian man who made a marvellous world career. We will follow the protagonists at home and also at work in the museum where almost all employees are ladies who adore the great Soviet dictator. The people of Gori refer to them as the priestesses of “the greatest son of Georgia” and to the museum as Stalinsland.It should be a warm and melancholic story of loneliness and about the desire to have an ideal. For the Georgian women from Gori, their fascination with Stalin is part of a healing process for their failed relationships and a reminder of times when life for women in Georgia was easier. However, the controversy of this fascination is that this ideal of love and compassion is attributed to one of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century.
We Are the Champions
The film is about people who want to help the Polish national football team to succeed at Euro 2012. A priest in the rural town of Kepnica encourages the local football fans to visit the mass regularly but not to pray for their own selfish goals. A conductor and a clarinet player compose a song for all Polish football fans. Prisoners want to pitch in with their bits of football expertise. A former military officer coaches a football team composed of young soldiers and wants to see Poland beat Germany at the championship. A homeless man is the goal keeper of a successful homeless fotball team that organizes a match in Berlin. A retired widower considers the hope of Poland's triumph at Euro 2012 the sole reason to keep on living.