Marcel Łoziński "Opening the Reality"

One of the internationally most acclaimed Polish documentary filmmakers. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary for 89mm from Europe. In addition to an Oscar nomination, Łoziński has won the European Film Award for Poste Restante, numerous awards at festivals in Leipzig, Krakow, Oberhausen and Wiesbaden.

Marcel Łoziński was born in Paris in 1940. He spent part of his childhood in an orphanage - he addressed this topic in one of his later films. Since 1947 he has lived in Poland. Lozinski graduated in 1965 at the Warsaw Polytechnic, then he worked at the Documentary Film Studio. He started directing studies at the Film School in Łódź a year later, but he did not receive the diploma until 1976.  

The best thing ... is that finally you do not really know what has been staged and what is life.
Marcel Łoziński

In the 1970s and 1980s Łoziński was associated first with the Polish Television, then with Andrzej Wajda's Studio X and with the Warsaw Documentary Studio. He was expelled from the latter by the Minister of Culture in 1980, his two consecutive films stopped by censorship, but re-joined in August of the same year. He gave up making documentaries under the martial law, though accepted the Warsaw Institute of Psychoneurology's commission for a project on alcoholism, and, with the Warsaw Documentary Studio, registered major developments in the underground Solidarity. The mid-1980s saw him return to individual documentary filmmaking. Most of his 1990s film were made at the Kalejdoskop Film Studio.

I am interested neither in pure documentaries nor in features. When making a 'pure documentary', you just watch. In features you use pre-conceived outlines. I try to benefit from both genres. … Someone said that to make a film is to find the moment of balance between your own idea and what the reality suggests. I try to influence the reality and then treat openly the situation which has been created.

Marcel Łoziński

Łoziński has directed 22 films since 1972 which include Happy End (1973), The Visit (1974), Recipe for Life (1977), Practice Exercises (1987), My Place (1987), Anything Can Happen (1995) or So It Doesn’t Hurt (1998). In 1993 he was nominated to the European Academy Award and American Oscar for his documentary film entitled 89 mm od Europy. In addition to an Oscar nomination, Łoziński has won the European Film Award for Poste Restante (2009), numerous awards at festivals in Leipzig, Krakow, Oberhausen and Wiesbaden.

The two most recent Łoziński's documents are probably the most personal. In Tonya and Her Children (2011) he shows the life of Toni Lechman, who was friends with his mother and with whom she shares similar biographies. In turn, in the Father and Son on a Journey (2013) in front of the camera, together with his eldest son Paweł, also a director. Paweł Łoziński used the footage to create the film Father and Son. Łoziński the elder, however, didn’t want to sign it with his name, so he edited his own documentary – Father and Son on a Journey.


A documentary is not a recording of the world; it is a combination of what is inside of what you see outside. This is just giving a documentary.
Marcel Łoziński 

Łoziński has been a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Art and Science awarding Oscars since 1995. He lectured at the FEMIS Film School in Paris school and the School of Polish Culture of the Warsaw University and he runs documentary workshops all around the world. Since 2005 he has been the head of the documentary programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.