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Margarete at the Spinning Wheel

Magdalena Chmielewska
Gretchen am Spinnrade
Austria, Poland 2015 / 7’

What is pure imagination and what reality? Magdalena Chmielewska’s dream‐like portrayals Gretchen’s spinning and brooding in her love to Faust make it nearly impossible to differentiate. Gretchen’s love is a constant toing and froing between pure passion and panic desperation, between slowing down and accelerating – the principle
upon which Franz Schubert’s masterpiece rests.

Agata Bratek


ARTE TV&Austrian State Broadcaster ORF Contest 2015 – Audience Prize

Magdalena Chmielewska

Magdalena Chmielewska studied editing and directing at the Filmakademie Wien, where she is working on her thesis film. She received a scholarship to the Visual Arts Department at the University of Barcelona. Magda has been involved in modern dance for many years through performative installations and Physical Theater. She has taken part in international film projects, e.g. in Central-Eastern Africa as an Assistant Director for the New York’s Film-NGO projects by Mira Nair and Sofia Coppola. She produces short films, documentaries, ads and music videos.


2014 Addict in Circles (short)
2014 Cud Wiosny/ Frühlingswunder (short)
2015 Gosieńka przy kołowrotku / Gretchen am Spinnrade / Margarete at the Spinning Wheel

Cast & Crew

director Magdalena Chmielewska
screenplay Magdalena Chmielewska
cinematography Chris Rudz
editing Magdalena Chmielewska
music Franz Schubert, Caroline Jestaedt
cast Stephanie Cumming, Nico Ehrenteit, Marta Kaczorowska, Janna Rottmann, Daniel Susljik
producer Michał Honnens, Clara Maria Bacher
production Filmakademie Wien
sales Magdalena Chmielewska
language French
colouration colour