Brothers / Bracia

Director: Wojciech Staron
Producers: Staroń Film

Documentary. Year: 2015. 68 Minutes.
Rated: Exempt.
Polish with English subtitles.

Special Mention, Feature Documentary Film, Camerimage 2015
Prix SRG SSR, Critics Week Award, Locarno International Film Festival, 2015
Golden Dove, DOK Leipzig, 2015
Grand Prix, Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad", 2015

Two brothers, who managed to escape a Soviet work camp, are unable to escape from each other.  One of them is an artist and a dreamer, the other one – a pragmatic scientist. They are like fire and water. Throughout their lives they had to rely on each other: in the Stalinist work camp, in communist Russia and then, after repatriation, in a capitalist Poland.

Their adventurous life consists of continuous adversities that, despite their arguments and quarrels, they are always able to overcome because they stick together. Their age – one of them is 80 and the other 83 years old – does not stand in their way. They are full of vigour and humour and they have lots of new, crazy ideas. The greatest dream of the painter is to organise a big exhibition of his works. It gets fulfilled when he exhibits his painting in the European Parliament in Brussels. Meanwhile his house, with several thousands of his paintings, burns down. Will he be able to start his life once again?


Screening with this feature

Snails /Slimaki

presented by Krakow Film Foundation

Documentary. Year: 2015. 29 minutes.
Rated: Exempt
Polish with English Subtitles

Director: Grzegorz Szczepaniak
Cinematography: Daniel Wawrzyniak, Marek Kozakiewicz
Producers: Wajda Studio

Audience Award, AFI DOCS, USA, 2016
Honourable Mention, Traverse City Film Festival, USA, 2016
Special Mention, IFF Etiuda&Anima, Poland, 2015
Audience Award, GoShort - ISFF Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2016

The French are outraged! Every other snail on their table comes from Poland. The snail industry is growing and Polish breeders are exporting their snails not only to France or Italy, they are also conquering China and Japan. Two friends decide to open a snail farm together. Despite the lack of experience, they believe in the success of the enterprise. Polish snail guru, ‘the Snail King’ comes to the rescue and gives valuable advice. 

To be screened with Brothers and 6 Degrees.