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Marcin Malaszczak
Germany, Poland 2013 / 126’

A strange brew of documentary and fiction that combines the prose of the day with surreal daydreams. Sieniawka, a city of childhood memories to which director Marcin Malaszczak feels inextricably bound, appears as a place beyond time and space. This post-apocalyptic cinematic essay is about what emerges at the intersection of madness and normalcy while constantly straying into classic sci-fi references. A strip mine, madhouse, a forest dump portray a slowly degrading mind through Malaszczak’s irreverent images that look familiar and alien all at once. 

Piotr Szcześniak

Marcin Malaszczak

Born in 1985 in Kowary, Poland. As a child, he emigrated to West Berlin with his parents. He studied Film Directing at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb). He currently works and lives in Berlin. After the short The Swimmer (2010), Sieniawka, presented in the Forum section of the 63rd Berlinale Festival, is his feature-length debut.


2010 Der Schwimmer / The Swimmer (short)

2013 Sieniawka (doc.)

Prepared by: Piotr Szcześniak

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Cast & Crew

director Marcin Malaszczak
screenplay Marcin Malaszczak
cinematography Marcin Malaszczak
editing Stefan Stabenow, Maja Tennstedt
sound Jochen Jezussek
cast Stefan Szyszka, Stanisław Chemiński, Jerzy Szlosar, Franciszek Zajdel
producer Michel Balagué, Marcin Malaszczak Georg Tiller, Andreas Louis
production Mengamuk Films, DFFB, Polish Film Institute
sales Mengamuk Films
language Polish
colouration colour