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The Art of Disappearing

Bartek Konopka, Piotr Rosołowski
Sztuka znikania
Poland 2013 / 52’

Another fascinating history lesson from Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski, the makers of Rabbit à la Berlin and Goat Walker, who take us on a journey to Poland at the end of socialism, seen through the eyes of an exotic stranger. Haitian voodoo priest Amon Frémon came to Poland in April 1980 and found work as a teacher at Jerzy Grotowski’s Theatre of Sources. It is unclear how much time he spent in Poland but the People’s Republic of Poland absolutely made an enormous impression on him. He experienced culture shock with respect to Polish morality, the lines of despondent people in front of store, concrete temples and the ‘evil, white rain’ (a.k.a. snow) that fell during the winter. This documentary is more than a journey back in time, it also attempts to find how much of that world still remains.

Piotr Pluciński

Bartek Konopka

Bartosz Konopka was born in 1972 in Myślenice. In 2002 he graduated from the Directing Department of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia and later enrolled in a course on documentary and feature film at the Andrzej Wajda Master School. His first documentary films were produced in 1997. Nominated to the ‘Polityka’ Passports, Konopka is a member of the Board of PISF. In 2009, his documentary Rabbit à la Berlin received an Oscar nomination while his feature-length debut, Fear of Falling, won numerous awards at international film festivals and won Best Debut at the Gdynia Film Festival. The film screened at 11th New Horizons Film Festival.

Selected filmography

2003 Ballada o kozie / Goat Walker (doc.)

2006 Trójka do wzięcia / Three for the Taking (short)

2009 Królik po berlińsku / Rabbit à la Berlin (doc.)

2011 Lęk wysokości / Fear of Falling

2013 Sztuka znikania / The Art of Disappearing (co-dir., doc.)

Piotr Rosołowski

Piotr Rosołowskiis a graduate of the Cinematography Department at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia. He is a scholarship recipient of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and lives and works in both Poland and Germany. Rosołowski wrote the screenplays for Bartosz Konopka’s Rabbit à la Berlin and Goat Walker and has shot numerous award-winning short and full-length films. The Art of Disappearing is his directorial debut.

Filmography

2013 Sztuka znikania / The Art of Disappearing (co-dir., doc.)

Prepared by: Piotr Pluciński

Cast & Crew

director Bartek Konopka, Piotr Rosołowski
screenplay Piotr Rosołowski, Bartek Konopka
cinematography Piotr Rosołowski
editing Andrzej Dąbrowski
sound Franciszek Kozłowski
producer Paweł Potoroczyn, Anna Wydra
production Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, Otter Films
sales Against Gravity
language Polish
colouration colour