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Mateusz Romaszkan, Marta Wójtowicz-Wcisło
Poland 2017 / 72’
The Trial. The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov

Here is a dollar, and we are filming! Thus begins a journey into the world of resorts, optional excursions, and the rituals of mass tourism-an all-inclusive package that explores the world of the ambitions and fantasies of Poland's middle class. The documentary by Marta Wójtowicz-Wcisło (who once worked as a tour guide) and Mateusz Romaszkan is a self-portrait, a collective selfie. Using only amateur recordings, the filmmakers put them together to create a fascinating journey that, although covering different continents, follows a well-marked path staked out by the tourism industry. Hurrying to take in each successive point on the itinerary, we lose out on the chance to enjoy them; laboriously created facades of exoticism separate us from reality-just like the windows of hotel rooms, buses, and planes. The views passing by outside are captured by camera lenses but do not fit together into any sort of coherent picture: this world of recordings remains incomprehensible, strange, foreign. Both "tourists" and "natives" play their designated roles, repeating over and over again, Smile! Which only intensifies the sadness of the tropics.

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Mateusz Romaszkan

Mateusz Romaszkan is a director and editor whose work includes editing acclaimed, award-winning documentaries like Magdalena Pięta's Planeta Kirsan (Planet Kirsan), Zuzanna Solakiewicz's 15 Corners of the World, and Bartosz Konopka's Rabbit à la Berlin (which he also a co-wrote). He has also worked on feature films, including Dariusz Glazer's Mur (The Wall) and Maciej Sobieszczański and Łukasz Ronduda's Performer.


2017 Turyści / Tourists

Marta Wójtowicz-Wcisło

Marta Wójtowicz-Wcisło is a director, Spanish philologist, and cultural expert with a Ph.D. in Political Science. She has worked as a guide in Africa and Latin America. In 2010, she conducted research at El Colegio de México as the recipient of a scholarship from Mexico's Foreign Ministry. She currently works at the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies at the University of Warsaw.


2017 Turyści / Tourists

Cast & Crew

director Mateusz Romaszkan, Marta Wójtowicz-Wcisło
screenplay Zuzanna Solakiewicz
editing Mateusz Romaszkan
music Zamilska
production TAKFILM
sales Kuba Kosma
source of print Kuba Kosma
language Polish, English
colouration colour