Florence November 30th – December 7th 2013

International documentary film festival


3 pm

The Microphone Test
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 1980, 19’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

The microphone is tested, the music launched, and the radio of the Pollena-Uroda cosmetics factory begins broadcasting. M. Łoziński records, gives shape to, and juxtaposes two processes: on one hand, the process/device of the radio survey, on the other hand, an inquisitive meeting in charge of deciding if the 8 hours of the show recorded can actually be broadcast.

by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 1987, 26’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

On July 4th, 1946, the crowd in Kielce, Poland, slaughtered forty-two Jews. Forty years later, in 1987, M. Łoziński visited those places and met some witnesses of the carnage. During the interviews with his white-haired interlocutors, he doesn’t seem to be interested in a detailed reconstruction of the individual episode of violence. He is more keen on little anecdotes, details, rumours, gossip, personal opinions and shared, implicit clichés, the scattered fragments of a big picture that actually presents anti-Semitism as everything but accidental and unforeseeable..

Katyń Forest
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 1990, 53’, o.v. Ita. sub.

After the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union in 1939, Stalinist police locked up in the prison camps of Kozielsk, Starobielsk and Ostaszkow about 15,000 people, mostly officers of the Polish Army. In April 1943 in the forests of Katyń, near Smolensk, the first mass graves were discovered. In the film we cross the forest led by the daughter of one of the Polish officers killed.

5 pm

By the River
by Nontawat Numbenchapol

Thailand, 2013, 75’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Amidst the tranquility of the deep woods, the habitants of Klity, in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, have always led a simple life. They have fed on the fish populating the town’s creek, but for some time now the river has been contaminated by a mineral processing factory. A young local man dives every day to catch fish for his lover, but today he has gone missing, as she eagerly awaits his his return.

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7 pm

The Touch
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 1978, 13’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

The “touch” belongs to a healer who came to Poland from far away. He only speaks and understands English, and he is welcomed at the airport like a celebrity, or some VIP. His destination, though, is not a film set, or a theatre, or a TV station. In the courtyard of a nondescript building, hundreds of people in a queue have been waiting for him for a whole day of hope and expectation, to be cured.

If It Happens
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 2007, 40’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Twelve years later Anything Can Happen (Wszystko moze sie przytrafic), Tomek goes back to the same park, in the same places, in the same paths where as a child he was running at breakneck speed. The previous film fits into this next chapter as a long flashback, until, as if by magic, a dialogue begins between Tomek and the child he was. The different gazes of the protagonist filmed over the time meet and overlap. M. Łozinski uses the documentary techniques to tell us a fairy tale.

Poste Restante
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 2008, 14’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

This little short stands out among the recent works by M. Łoziński. Poste restante combines two themes that recur in his filmography: observation and breakdown of some production process, along with the openness to the enchantment and wonder that are usually to be found in fairy tales. The film’s circular structure opens and closes with some camera movement that scans a warehouse of paper for pulping. In-between lies the long journey of a letter that will never be delivered: a letter addressed to God.

9 pm

EU013, L’Ultima Frontiera
by Alessio Genovese

Italy, 2013, 60’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

The film tells for the first time what happens within the Italian Centres for Identification and Expulsion (CIE), where each year thousands of foreigners are detained because they don’t have a valid residence permit. “History is meant to be remembered and not to be revived”, one of the detainees says.

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10:30 pm

Tonia and Her Children
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 2011, 57’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Three people sitting at a table in a room. A heap of letters, pictures, and other documents lie in disorder on the table; in the background, the flicker of a computer monitor. Wera and Marcel are the now old children of Tonja Lechtman, a Jew and a pre-WWII communist. She was arrested in 1949 in the charge of being a spy (for the Americans). The third person is M. Łozinski, the film director, but also long-time friend of the other two, and a witness involved in the story that they are trying to reconstruct.

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