OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2013

International premiere / first film competition

   

SIENIAWKA



Marcin MALASZCZAK

 

 

GERMANY/POLAND
2013
Colour
HD 4K
126’

Original version
Polish
Subtitles
French
Photography
Marcin Malaszczak
Sound
Jochen Jezussek, Eric Ménard, Leo Robin Knauth, Tobias Rüther, Alexander Leser
Editing
Stefan Stabenow, Maja Tennstedt
Casting
Stanisław Chęmiński, Ryszard Ciuruś, Tomasz Członka, Kazimierz Duchaczek, Tadeusz Gubała, Robert Gajowy, Jarek Harbart, Jerzy Iwanczewski, Władysław Jarmulak, Ernest Kalbarczyk, Bogusława Kasprzak, Jerzy Kozak, Stanisław Kret, Antoni Młyńczyk, Zbigniew Skrabek, Stanisław Szatan, Wiktor Szatkowski, Jerzy Szlosar, Stefan Szyszka, Francziszek Wilk, Franciszek Zajdel, Henryk Zamajski, Leszek Żurawski

Production
Mengamuk Films

Where are we? This is hard to say. Characters are strolling about an unidentifiable patch of countryside. One of them is walking around wearing a crash helmet, he fights with an other weirdo, they make up and then they are attacked, etc. This first, impressively mastered film by young Polish filmmaker Marcin Malaszczak, starts as a puzzling fiction film. Then, after this prologue, we find ourselves behind the walls of a lunatic asylum. Although the setting is easier to figure out, inevitably, its inhabitants aren’t. Where are we? In some verist description? In the remarkable silence and cacophony of mental pain? In complete metaphor, about a country stuck on the narrow bench between the communist era and that of wild capitalism? None of these hypothesis gets corroborated for sure, yet a few clues, discretely but firmly scattered (like a beautiful episode in a devastated movie theatre) suggest that everything ought to be taken seriously, both the wandering and the description, both the mise en scène and its breakaways. (JPR)

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