Short films by Marcel Łoziński

Capturing everyday life on a film

Łoziński has directed 22 films since 1972. His main focus of interest lies in the everyday life of ordinary people; when observing them it is not sensation he is searching for but the essence of the matter, the mystery. During VFF we will screen selection of the most acclaimed films by Marcel Łoziński with his participation: Anything Can Happen (1995), Happy End (1973), 89 mm od Europy (1993), My Place (1986), Tonya and Her Children (2011).

HAPPY END

A purge in the style of those of March 1968 is to take place at a party meeting. Instead, it turns into a psychodrama. Although officially not stopped by censorship, the film was only shown at the Krakow Short Film Festival and at Film Clubs.  

The film, which for the first time drew attention to the young Marcel Łoziński - seemed to be a denial of a blank document. The situation was sketched in advance; the roles were given away. The factory has not made a plan, you have to find a culprit - this is the theme of psychodrama, taking place in front of the camera. Real production managers, directors of unions, etc. and a real psychologist take part in it. From this material, an educational film could be made about how conflicts in a team occur. But Łoziński and Kędzierski had higher expectations. They used psychodrama, hoping that at some point real breeding mechanisms would emerge, the group's aggression against the individual. It worked.
Tadeusz Sobolewski

Directed by: Marcel Łoziński, Paweł Kędzierski

Cinematography:  Stanisław Niedbalski, Witold Stok

Edited by: Lidia Zonn  

Poland

1973

16 minutes

MY PLACE

The theme of the document "My Place" by Marcel Łoziński is the Sopot "Grand Hotel" presented from the kitchen. The protagonists are his employees - smoker, cleaners, maids, cooks, cloakroom, bartender, waiters, porters, director. The film ends with a "family" photo of the crew on the background of the stylish frontage of the building today requiring immediate renovation.  

Metaphorical and humorous story about the Sopot Grand Hotel and its employees. They all consider themselves indispensable, all are a constituent part of the building.  

Directed by: Marcel Łoziński

Cinematography: Andrzej Adamczak

Edited by: Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk  

Poland|France

1986

15 minutes

89MM OD EUROPY

Polish-French co-production. The Polish-Belarusian border in Brzesc. Wheels are replaced under the train carriages entering the territory of the former USSR, where the gauge is 89 mms wider. Two worlds meet at the platform: the western world of the train passengers and the eastern world of the Belarusian workers. The two groups are unable to understand each other. Academy Award nomination for 'Best Short Documentary', special mention at European Film Awards for 'Best Documentary of the Year'. Winner of Leipzig DOK Festival and Winner of Golden Dove for Best Director at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.  

I wanted to make a maximum short, concise and clear film not only about the meeting of different worlds, but also about trying to find contact between these two Europes.
Marcel Łoziński

Directed by: Marcel Łoziński

Cinematography:  Jacek Petrycki, Artur Reinhart

Edited by: Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk  

Poland|France

1993

12 minutes

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

A story of life and death, featuring Lozinski's six-year-old son Tomaszek and elderly people spending time on the benches of a Warsaw park. Riding his scooter, Tomaszek asks the elderly very adult, though basic, questions, which they are happy to answer. The boy's ideas of future and life are confronted with those of men at the end of their lives. Winner of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.  

A child gets a lesson in life from the elders, depriving him of illusions, and in his turn he feels like comforting them. In a sense, this boy represents the director, he achieves what the documentarist dreams of: to approach any unknown man, without violating his sovereignty, sit with him on the bench, give him a moment of unselfish attention. Get something from him and offer him something.
Tadeusz Sobolewski

Directed by: Marcel Łoziński

Cinematography:  Artur Reinhart

Edited by: Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk  

Poland

1995

39 minutes

TONIA AND HER CHILDREN

Tonia and Her Children is a film about the consequences of the parents’ ideological choices, which are borne by their children. The director presents a story of siblings, Wera and Marcel Lechtman, who were sent to a children’s home while their mother, a pre‑war communist, was arrested. In the film the protagonists recollect the past and are trying to understand their mother’s choices. They speak about their very personal experiences. Winner of Krakow Film Festival and nomination for the best mid-length documentary at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.  

It is a film about the price my generation had to pay for the ideological choices of our parents. In this case, the choice of being communists. It is something completely different to be a pre-war communist and a member of the communist party after the war. I described the tragic fate of a mother who was dedicated to the idea of communism and equality from her youth. She spent some time in prison in Łódź before the war, then in Palestine and France but the worst time was the 1949-1955 period when she was imprisoned as an American spy.
Marcel Łoziński

Directed by: Marcel Łoziński

Cinematography: Paweł Łoziński, Magdalena Kowalczyk, Jacek Petrycki

Edited by: Przemysław Chruścielewski  

Poland|France

2011

54 minutes