ONCE UPON A TIME IN POLAND
A lucid, thought-provoking documentary with elements of comedy and satire made by the well-known Czech filmmakers Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda, which deals with human encounters in Central Europe and the enormous distance that faith – or lack thereof – puts between people.
So close, yet so far. In the middle of Europe, two nations coexist close to one another, yet worlds apart. The Czechs are dedicated atheists, while the Poles are born to be baptised Catholics. Czechs shake their heads in disbelief at Polish piety, while Poles hold Czechs in contempt for living without God. The filmmakers address passers-by, nuns, employees of the anti-Semitic Radio Maryja, a priest accused of sexual harassment and an exorcist, but also a range of believers with valid and decent points of view. In the process, the filmmaker not only becomes an explorer, but also a pilgrim in search of faith. The documentary fundamentally asks a number of essential socio-political and moral questions. What has happened to Poland in recent years? And what is the identity of Central Europe and the moral common ground of these two nations?
JAK BUH HLEDAL KARLA
Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia | 2020 | 97 min
PRODUCTION: Jana Brozkova, Zdenek Holy – Vernes; Hypermarket Film, Peter Kerekes, Plesnar & Krauss Films, Krakow Festival Office, Czech Television
SCREENPLAY: Vit Klusak, Filip Remunda
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Martin Matiasek, Vit Klusak, Martin Tokar
EDITING: Hana Dvorackova
MUSIC: Jan Pavel
Saturday 23.4. / 16:45h / ZAAL 2
Sunday 24.4. / 14:45h / ZAAL 2
Special Guests: Director Filip Remunda
FESTIVALS & AWARDS (selection):
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2021 | One World, International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, 2021 | Millennium Docs Against Gravity, 2020 – Polish and World Premiere