Punto de Vista 2022 Winners
Projection format: DCP
Direction: Paweł Łoziński
Cinematographer: Paweł Łoziński
Editor: Paweł Łoziński, Piasek & Wójcik
Sound: Paweł Łoziński, Franciszek Kozlowski
Music: Jan Duszynski
Production: Agnieszka Mankiewicz / Lozinski Production, Pawel Lozinski for Lozinski Production
Selected filmography: Film balkonowy (2021), You Have No Idea How Much I Love You (2016), Father and Son (2013), A Woman From Ukraine (2002), Birthplace (1992) The Way It Is (1999), Sisters (1999).
Locarno Film Festival, IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Jih.lava IDFF, True/False Film Festival, ZagrebDox - International Documentary Film Festival, DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival.
People are passing by in the street under the balcony of Pawel Łoziński's home in Warsaw. A few walk calmly, others hurry along, some simply wander around. They may be taking a stroll with their sons and daughters, late for work or an appointment, returning home tired out, or taking their pets out. All these people are at different times in their life, with different desires, aims and goals, each with their own particular view of existence, some have reflected on this more than others. This Polish filmmaker (who already took part in the Official Section of Punto de Vista in 2009 with the film Kici, Kici) watches the passers-by from up on his balcony and decides to interrupt their walk and ask them a few questions.
Entrenched on his balcony for more than two years, Łoziński' dedicated his time to approaching his neighbours, complete strangers and even his own wife and asking them point blank questions about the meaning of life. We listen to their unexpected replies, intimate declarations, banalities, philosophical reflections and even some insults. There are some very fleeting appearances and also recurring characters, and all of them weave a tapestry of human experiences, building up small stories that sometimes rhyme and interact. While remaining in one place, Film balkonowy focuses on getting to know others through the camera, in some way thanks to the camera itself, highlighting the power of the cinema to bring us closer to others. An illuminating film, light at times and serious at others, a film that looks outwards, precisely at a time when we have shut ourselves away from the world.