A father-and-son rafting trip down a mountain river serves as the backdrop to an almost wordless story—measured, poetic—about the unique moment in this boy’s life when something intangible yet somehow anticipated reveals its meaning. The boy’s curiosity and desire for new experiences grow stronger than his fear of a world he does not fully grasp. The feeling of solitude and vulnerability he experiences despite his father’s presence foreshadows his transformation. Long static sequences create the appearance of mundane holiday activities. Yet the omnipresent natural world, in which the dominant image is that of the flowing river, gives rise to a tension that is as effective as it is unexplainable. When the danger materializes, the boy appears prepared for it but it will not leave him unchanged.
Born in Poland in 1979, Marcin initially studied journalism in Warsaw, before moving to Paris in 2003 to study film. In 2007, he graduated from the École Supérieure Libre d’Études Cinématographiques. In 2009, he created his own production company A Son Image Production, through which he wrote, produced and directed his first short film, Les Mots (The Words). In 2011, Marcin wrote a feature film script based on the short story “Zimorodek” by Kazimierz Orlos. The film will be released under the title Wołanie (Calling).
2010 Les Mots (short)
2014 Wołanie / Calling