One of the main reasons for making this film was an attempt to return to the time of childhood, vacation, and hot summer. I remember the feeling when the indefinite number of noteworthy details, things to discover, stories to explore, and issues to think over, made each day seem to last forever.
The First Day
It's a story about one of the most important moments in everybody's life. About the first border young people have to cross to become adults. In this film it's a few children from tundra moved to the urban environment. This film was made within Russian-Polish cooperation on New Gaze project (second edition).
"Silence" was meant to be a set of études made by students of Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Six of the shorts were chosen and put together in a set.
The Travelling Cinema
Darek and Micha bought from a school the copies of old Polish 16 mm films and a projector. During holidays they tour around Poland with their 'travelling cinema'. They arrive at small towns stretched from the Baltic Sea to Silesia and offer projections for adults and children. On the way, they meet a lot of interesting people, help with the harvest and 'bring cinema under the thatched roofs'.
Andrzej Wajda: Let's shoot!
A record of a few months of struggle on the set, showing an atmosphere of work and a picture of immense film machinery, and at same time presenting the truest and intimate portrait of the Master of Polish Cinema, the Oscar winner. In 1957 Andrzej Wajda won the Silver Palm in Cannes for his film 'Canal', along with 'Seventh seal' by Ingmar Bergman. We meet him 50 years later, as the author of many important films, such as 'Ashes and Diamonds', 'Man of Marble' or 'Danton', now directing one the most important films in his career, 'Katyn', about the massacre in which thousands of Polish officers, including Wajda's father, were murdered by the Soviets, during World War II - a tragedy left unspoken for decades. During the shooting of the film, 4 young documentary filmmakers - his former students had a chance to get closer and see how their Master works on his most intimate story. Extraordinary for his sensitivity, immeasurable passion, the feeling of mission and great diligence. But also in moments of tiredness, joy, failures, in conversations with people. Perhaps it is only on the set where one can see what Andrzej Wajda really is like.
North from Calabria
The film is an attempt to create a place – a town, where living is easy. Where people know each other, tolerate their faults, meet each other to talk and just be together. Making of this film was a kind of a happening. Actors and outside people moved into a small Silesian town and along with its inhabitants they were organizing a big fest. In a confined space of market and a few small streets, working, talking and spending time together has dominated life of Chełmsko Śląskie. For one summer month Chełmsko has become a decoration in the film about an ideal town.
In the Arab tradition Hakawati is a master of storytelling, a brilliant raconteur who tells stories to everybody willing to listen. Hakawati played a very important role in the Arab culture: they managed to gather crowds of people eager to hear new fairy tales and strange stories. And now there are no real Hakawati left. In the contemporary world people have no time to listen to stories. The director sets off to search for true story tellers and finds the remnants of the tradition...
"Odyssey of the Mind" is an artistic documentary film about vigorous and creative high school students. The documentary shows struggles of four teams taking part in Polish edition of the international educational program "Odyssey of the Mind 2010." Camera follows students who working individually develop their intellectual and interpersonal competences. The film is a positive picture that brings closer ambitious plans, dreams and the way to fulfillment of the Polish youth.
On the Sea Bed
The film tells the story of an extraordinary place and its inhabitants. Aralsk is a city in western Kazakhstan. Formerly it was a busy port located on the shores of the Aral Sea, the fourth largest in the world and because of its enormity known as the sea. People lived there well. People had work in the fishing industry, they spent their free time by the sea. But everything changed when the Soviet planners decided to build irrigation canals for the cultivation of cotton in the desert, then called white gold. They sent two large rivers water the Amu Daryaand Syr-Darya in the field. Do not pay attention, that these rivers feed the Aral Sea water. The Soviet authorities then had other priorities. The effects do not have to wait long. The sea began to dry up and systematically move away from the city. Hard to believe that Aralsk is now almost 100 km from the sea. They resemble the rusted fishing boats lying in the middle of the desert, which was once a sea bottom. Fishing industry collapsed in the cityreigned enormous unemployment, exacerbated the climate, the city regularly sweep the dust storms carrying the salty dust containing large amounts of toxicsubstances, which in former times flowed into the sea.The film tells about the city now in the context of its history put forth by scientists and citizens. What do they do what they think of their plan.