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Towards The East

Tomasz Budzyński, Łukasz Jankowski
Podróż na Wschód
Poland 2010 / 103’

Musical on several levels, this directorial and screenwriting debut by Tomasz Budzyński was produced in collaboration with Łukasz Jankowski. The adventures of a group of railwaymen play out like the stanzas of a song, interspersed with musical choruses drawn from the rich discography of Poland’s legendary innovative punk rockers Armia. The songs change the nature of the journey – rather than going east, the movie is more about a sentimental journey through the band’s recordings. The plot is based on the short story Maszynista Grot by Stefan Grabiński, the ‘Polish Poe’, and the participation of the Polish cabaret troupe Mumio ensured that the film would not be overly maudlin or romanticised. The mixture of literary inspiration, cabaret humour and Armia’s music, while perhaps not groundbreaking, is certainly original. Budzyński and Jankowski have attempted to elaborate a truly new method of storytelling through images. The Towards the East cannot easily be classified within traditional documentary, feature or music film genres. It blends them all. Fans of clearly defined, formal filmmaking may not approve. But Armia’s fans – undoubtedly the film’s target audience – will walk away smiling.

Tomasz Budzyński

Born in 1962, Budzyński is a painter, poet and musician. He started as a vocalist in the legendary hardcore punk band Siekiera, with he was a laureate at the Jarocin music festival in the early 1980s. In 1985, he founded the band Armia, with Robert Brylewski and Sławomir Gołaszewski. The band is still performing and recording new material today, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. Budzyński has now initiated a new path in his career by writing an autobiographical book, as well as the screenplay for the feature film Towards the East.


2011 Podróż na Wschód / Towards The East

Łukasz Jankowski

Jankowski lives and works in Poznań. Since 1995, he has done work in direction, production, editing and animation. He has produced numerous music videos, advertisement, animations, credits and other materials for television.

Selected filmography

2011 Podróż na Wschód / Towards The East

Cast & Crew

director Tomasz Budzyński, Łukasz Jankowski
screenplay Tomasz Budzyński, based on a short story by Stefan Grabiński
cinematography Łukasz Jankowski
editing Łukasz Jankowski
music Armia
cast Arkadiusz Wojciechowski, Dariusz Basiński, Jacek Borusiński
production Stowarzyszenie Niewidzialna Armia, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Wentan P.P.H.U
sales Stowarzyszenie Niewidzialna Armia
language Polish
colouration colour