They were supposed to leave Poland in two weeks. They had been planning their dream vacation for months. Julia and Piotr meet at a family dinner with Piotr's mother, who is retiring and wants to get her affairs in order. She would like Piotr to bring home his father, a refugee who has spent the last few months living at a camp in Greece. Their marriage begins with a physically and mentally exhausting journey to Southern Europe. Via Carpatia is a road movie that touches on the immigration crisis consuming the Old Continent. With each passing kilometer, the film's protagonists (Julia Kijowska and Piotr Borowski in convincing performances) learn much more about each other than they would have found during a carefree, tropical holiday. Klara Kochańska and Kasper Bajon's intimate feature debut features a documentary-style authenticity that encourages viewers to reflect on overwhelming hypocrisy. Where should the signpost be placed in order to avoid the dangerous bend in the road ahead?
Klara Kochańska was born in Krakow in 1984. She studied at the University of Warsaw's Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and at the Łódź Film School. She has made numerous short films that have been shown at festivals in Poland and abroad, including Królowa Śniegu (Snow Queen), Zmartwychwstanie (Resurrection), 10 Apgar and Tenants, which won a student Oscar in 2016 for the best non-English feature film.
2011 Zmartwychwstanie (short)
2015 Lokatorki (short)
2018 Via Carpatia
Born in Warsaw in 1983, Kasper Bajon is a director, screenwriter and writer. He has published two volumes of poetry: Pomarańczowy pokój (Orange Room)and Miłośćdo poranków (Love of Mornings) and two novels Koń Alechina (Alechin's Horse)and Klug. His poems and short prose works have appeared in Gazeta Wyborcza, Twórczość, Wyspa, Konteksty and Śląsk, among other publications. He wrote the screenplay for Tenants, which was directed by Klara Kochańska.
2018 Via Carpatia