Opera About Poland / Opera o Polsce

Opera o Poľsku

documentary / 2017 / Poland / col. / 41 min.

Director: Piotr Stasik
Screenplay: Piotr Stasik
Photography: Piotr Stasik, Adam Palenta, Barbara Kaniewska, Paweł Chorzępa, Piotr Rosołowski, Małgorzata Szyłak, Piotr Pawlus, Kacper Kowalski
Editor: Dorota Wardeszkiewicz, Piotr Stasik
Music: Artur Zagajewski
Cast: Wojciech Kalarus, Piotr Kędzierski, Dominika Knapik

A travelogue collage in search of Polish identity in an uncertain world. A carefully composed dream about the unfound unity of nation, old injustices and moments of glory that fade away under the burden of petty thoughts and the fear of non-existent enemies. A selection of period footage, newspaper articles, and bitterly current citations from the internet are mixed with journal entries by the author Andrzej Stasiuk to create a personal reflection of events. The staged portraits of ordinary Poles set to a tension-filled disharmonic operatic soundtrack at first seems like a series of unrelated images and thoughts, but they slowly come together to form a portrait of the soul of the Polish nation. Opera About Poland was awarded as Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film at Ji.hlava IDFF 2017. (source: Ji.hlava IDFF)