Filmmaking is extremely challenging. There’s never enough time or money. Filmmakers work crazy hours for months at a time with what seems like an army of equally dedicated people contributing their unique talents. They do this to make you laugh or cry or just to offer an escape from reality. Some want you to think and challenge you with complex ideas. In fictional films, talented actors bring to life the ideas thought up by the screenwriter. In documentaries, filmmakers write the script by gaining a vantage point into people’s souls.
Filmmaking is hard. Documentary filmmaking is even harder.
Imagine having to ask a dying person to let you film their last days or get the truth from politicians speaking about secret state affairs. Picture having to follow a heartbroken mother who’s young daughter has just vanished. These tasks seem impossible to acheive and yet the Polish filmmakers who have been invited to show their films at Hot Docs have done just that. They have managed to gain access to the most intimate and secret truths of people’s lives and their stories await your attention.
Over the next few days we will be shedding a spotlight on the three Polish feature documentaries at this year’s Hot Docs. We will also be offering up a chance to win tickets to the premier of each film and tickets to an exclusive event being hosted by YouNxt and Ekran Film on May 7 to honour the filmmakers and their documentaries.
The first film out of the gate is:
About this film:
When eight-year-old Ola goes missing from her quiet village in rural Poland, the community is instantly abuzz with gossip and rumours. A cacophony of hearsay provides the soundtrack. Cutaway shots of insects and clouds stand as silent witnesses. Grief-stricken, mom Dorota remains convinced her daughter is alive despite growing evidence to the contrary. She places her faith in fortunetellers, divination and swinging pendulums, indomitable in her hope. Once the police identify a suspect and a confession is made, Dorota must face the likelihood that her little girl is gone for good. A Man Came and Took Her is an accomplished study in doubt. The unthinkable and unknowable details of Ola’s abduction are set against the innocence of an idyllic country setting, a place where these kinds of things just don’t happen. A grisly look at small town insularity, senseless crime, and the shady divide between probability and possibility. – Angie Driscoll
WIN Tickets to the Premiere !!!
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see the May 1st premiere screening of A Man Came and Took Her and tickets to a VIP reception in honour of the Polish films at Hot Docs simply send an email to: email@example.com with the subject line: “A Man Came and Took Her – CONTEST.” Please include your full name and phone number in the email.
The deadline is midnight, Wednesday April 28th, 2010. A winner will be drawn at random.
About the Directors:
Jedrzej Niestroj – Director, Cinematographer
Jedrzej was born in 1969 in Poland and graduated from Andrzej Wajda’s Master School of Film Directing in 2003. Four years later he obtained a Ph. D in Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
Rafal Przybyl – Director, Screenwriter
Born in 1973 in Poland, Rafal too graduated from Andrzej Wajda’s Master School of Film Directing. In 2006 he was a finalist of Andrzej Wajda’s Foundation’s “Challenges” screenplay competition with the screenplay “Cleaning Lady.” Currently he works as a screenwriter and copywriter for television channels: TV Polonia, Discovery Channel, Discovery Science and Discovery World.
*** YouNxt and Ekran would also like to invite you to join us for drinks (location to be announced in the coming days) following the premiere of A Man Came And Took Her on Saturday, May 1.
Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and visit the Hot Docs website for ticket information.
See you at the movies!