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A Diary of a Journey

Piotr Stasik
Dziennik z podróży
Poland 2013 / 52’

More than 80-year-old Tadeusz Rolke is an icon of Polish photography. 15-year-old Michał approaches the artist. Rolke helps the boy to buy a camera, and gives the boy his first photographic assignment. Eventually, the pair embarks on a trip through Poland’s small towns. Sharing the secrets of his craft with the young adept allows Rolke to see through the young generation’s lens, to determine if the 70 years dividing mentor student mean anything. Conceptual pictures make every shot reminiscent of a virtuosic framed photo and the entire film a tasteful collection of technically brilliant images that play with depth, colour, granularity and cadre. This documentary celebrates the thin line between the mythic past and the present. It is a story of meeting between two seemingly distant worlds connected by art.

Piotr Szcześniak

awards

Krakow FF 2013 – Special Mention

Piotr Stasik

Born in 1976. Graduated from the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw and  from the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. An accomplished documentary director, scriptwriter and cinematographer.  His films received awards at numerous festivals. Head of the Association for Artistic Initiatives ‘ę’ supporting cultural events in small towns. Co-founder of the Paladino Film Group.

Selected filmography

2005 Po kolei / One by One (doc., short)

2006 7 x Moskwa / 7 x Moscow (segment in: Rosja – Polska. Nowe spojrzenie, doc.)

2008 Ponad chodnikami / Above the Pavements (doc., short)

2008 Andrzej Wajda: róbmy zdjęcie! / Andrzej Wajda: Let’s Shoot! (doc.)

2010 Koniec lata / The Last Day of Summer (doc., short)

2012 Nie dla każdego (co-dir., doc., short)

2013 Dziennik z podróży / A Diary of a Journey (doc.)

Prepared by: Piotr Szcześniak

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Cast & Crew

director Piotr Stasik
screenplay Piotr Stasik
cinematography Tomasz Wolski, Piotr Stasik
editing Tomasz Wolski
music Motion Trio
cast Tadeusz Rolke, Michał Gonicki
producer Anna Gawlita
production Narodowy Istytut Audiowizualny, Kijora Anna Gawlita, Telewizja Polska SA, Telekomunikacja Polska SA
sales Kijora Anna Gawlita
language Polish
colouration colour