In our second Hot Docs spotlight we look at the film Chemo by Director Pawel Lozinski. The film earned the filmmaker the Best Director prize at the One World Film Festival and was described as a “must see” by Poland’s Wyborcza newspaper.
About this film:
The day ward at the Warsaw oncology clinic is always full of chatter. Conversation seems to be part of the treatment, nattering with a bedside neighbour part of the prescription. Women and men, young and old debate headscarves versus wigs, swap cabbage home remedies, and hope for a healthy recovery. A father intends to live long enough to read his son’s Master’s thesis; another plans to attend a wedding; and an expectant mother looks forward to meeting her new baby. No topic is off-limits as patients share intimacies normally relegated to pillow talk. They lay bare their regrets, their fears, and the lies they tell their loved ones in order to spare them. Ordinary moments are magnified in close-up shots—a spreading smile, an escaped tear, a baby photo. Life is worth living because every day brings something new, and suffering is a step towards gaining another one. – Angie Driscoll
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About the Director:
Pawel Lozinski – Director, Screenwriter, Producer.
Born in 1965 in Warsaw, Pawel graduated from the Film Directing Department of the prestigious Lodz Film School. His documentary films include Birthplace (1992), The Way It Is (1999), Sisters (1999), Between the Doors (2004), Wygnancy (2005), Kitty, Kitty (2008) and Chemo (2009). He has won awards at festivals in Bornholm, Paris, Leipzig and Krakow. Pawel was named Best Director for Chemo at the One World Film Festival.
When awarding the prize jury member Anders Østergaard said the following:
The director deals with a frightening subject and treats it with austere minimalism, yet he is still able to create a moving – and sometimes even uplifting – experience for the audience. This attests to his excellent filmmaking skills and a special sensitivity to psychological detail. The jury is delighted to name Pavel Łoziński best director for his endearing film ‘Chemo’.”
To which Pawel Łoziński responded by stating the following:
I am very honoured that I am being given the best director award by the One World International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival, a festival that has contributed so much to promotion of human dignity. I shot my movie “Chemo” with the idea that suffering, fear and hope are universal feelings that every person living in this world – one world – knows. I want to thank you very much for this award from the depth of my heart.”
Polish press coverage about Chemo in:
Wyborcza – Ludzka chemia – zobacz obowiązkowo!
Wiadomosci 24 – Film “Chemia” Pawła Łozińskiego wygrał Prix Europa 2009
TVP – „Chemia” Łozińskiego nagrodzona w Lipsku
Prior to Chemo audiences will get a chance to see another Polish film. It’s an 18-minute short directed by Marcin Janos Krawczyk. Short films are often calling cards for young directors to showcase their skills. This one is called Six Weeks:
Living on welfare payments too small to survive on, in a tiny apartment with no hot water or gas, a single mother has no choice but to give her newborn to an orphanage. Six Weeks is an intimate and powerful short that documents a mother’s painful goodbye as her baby, along with so many other babies, awaits its future in a Polish orphanage. – Heather Haynes