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Berlin Diaries

Przemysław Wojcieszek
Poland 2015 / 90’

They say that art can take the place of religion. But cinema is an intellectual trashcan developed by idiots. I do not look for you in films, which do not exist. I look for you in the glimmer of a digital pixel, in the trembling of my unpracticed hand, in the reflection of light in my old lens, says Przemysław Wojcieszek in a film in which he talks about himself, using the conventions of a film diary, at the same time questioning and exceeding the limits of the genre. Is his on-screen alter ego identical to Przemysław Wojcieszek the director, or perhaps this is a fictional character played by Przemysław Wojcieszek the actor? Viewers can only speculate, since, in Berlin Diaries, nothing is clear: reality is mixed with fiction, love with grief, and rebellion is lined with melancholy.

Ewa Szabłowska

Przemysław Wojcieszek

Przemysław Wojcieszek is a Polish film and theatre director and screenwriter. He studied Polish at the Jagiellonian and Wrocław Universities. Wojcieszek authored the script to Witold Adamek’s film Monday, as well as all of his own films; his directorial debut came in 1999 with Kill Them All. He received the ‘Polityka’ magazine Passport (promising young artist award) in the film category for his original films that are manifestos of 30-year-olds trying to find their place in our reality. In 2004, he debuted as a playwright and theater director with the play Made in Poland, and has since directed 10 theatre productions. His films The Perfect Afternoon, Made in Poland and Secret screened at Berlinale.

Selected filmography

2001 Głośniej od bomb / Louder Than Bombs

2004 W dół kolorowym wzgórzem / Down Colourful Hill

2005 Doskonałe popołudnie / The Perfect Afternoon

2010 Made in Poland

2012 Sekret / Secret

Cast & Crew

director Przemysław Wojcieszek
screenplay Przemysław Wojcieszek
cinematography Przemysław Wojcieszek
editing Michał Poddębniak
music Stara Rzeka
sound Szymon Straburzyński
cast Joanna Łaganowska, Przemysław Wojcieszek
colouration colour