Polish Pearls

67 min, Eastern Neighbours Filmfestival

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A short film program from Poland. 

The ugliest car (Grzegorz Szczepaniak, 2017, 47 min.)
The youngest protagonist of the documentary is Wartburg, almost museum-ready automobile over 50 years of age. The car is still on the road, driven by Bogdan, who's accompanied by his mother Kazimiera. This road movie which takes place between the concentration camp of Majdanek in Poland, and a former Nazi labor factory in Germany is actually a journey into the past, retracing the memories from the war. It is also a portrayal of an extraordinary relationship between mother and son. Bogdan devotes almost all his time to Kazimiera – except for the moments when he proudly presents the quaint ugliness of the car to the people he accidentally meets.

A heartwarming, humorous documentary of a man who drives his 94-year-old mother in an old, rusty Wartburg, righty called ‘The Poland's Ugliest Car’. Winner of Grand Prix for the Best Polish Film at the Krakow Film Festival.

Patriotic Lesson (Filip Jacobson, 2016, 20 min.)
‘Patriotic Lesson’ tells the story of a Polish primary school singing contest, in which children perform patriotic songs, full of heroism, bravery, blood, sweat and tears. By presenting performances and the audience, tensions between parents and teachers, and finally jury deliberations, the film raises questions about what is patriotism over generations and its institutional reaffirmation in today’s Polish society. Filmed in black and white, Jacobson’s film keeps a delicate line between critical approach to the event and fascination and respect to the characters of the movie. Patriotic song contests takes place every year and have local and national range.
A charming, lucid and though-provoking film in the tradition of the best Polish documentaries. Winner of DOK Leipzig’s main prize – the Golden Dove.

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