21-09-2020

Documentary Competition 36. WFF

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

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THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF 36. WFF WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 AT 12.00 NOON IN KULTURALNA, PALACE OF CULTURE –
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Taxidermy and fencing masters, charismatic political leaders, famous prisoners, the legendary recording studio, the pole vault champion Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz, and Warwick Thornton on the beach – our documentary section surprises, astonishes, inspires, leaves in awe. We guarantee that you’ll walk out of screenings with eyes wide open in amazement, sometimes with a smile, sometimes just wondering. Extremely strong competition this year!

THE AGONY / AGONIA dir. Tomasz Knittel, Poland 2020, 61 min.

A fascinating journey in search of a disappearing tradition of music passed on orally. We see this world through the eyes of Adam Strug, a charismatic singer and instrumentalist.

ALL THE SOULS / WSZYSTKIE DUSZE dir. Roberto Lozano Bruna, Spain 2020, 71 min.

The price of a girl varies from $150 all the way up to $25,000. Human trafficking has become a huge problem in today’s Nepal. Every year, between 6,000 and 12,000 women and children are sold.

THE BEACH / PLAŻA dir. Warwick Thornton, Australia 2020, 180 min.

The Australian director, who has won awards all over the world, got fed up with living in the fast lane and went away to live on a beach for two months with three chickens. We follow his deep and personal journey of transformation, to heal and change his life.

CITIZEN BIO / OBYWATEL BIO dir. Trish Dolman, Canada, United States 2020, 95 min.

Biohackers: saviours of humanity or dangerous charlatans threatening the human race?

EVERYONE WANTS TO BE THE NEXT WEISMANN / KAŻDY CHCE BYĆ NASTĘPNYM WEISMANNEM / TODOS QUEREN SER PRÓXIMO WEISMANN dir. Alberto Triano, Spain 2020, 65 min.

Taking over a year to make, this riveting documentary brings us into the contemporary art world through Martin Solo’s particular vision.


GOING FOR GOLD / PO ZŁOTO dir. Ksawery Szczepanik

GOING FOR GOLD / PO ZŁOTO dir. Ksawery Szczepanik, Poland 2020, 61 min.

Władysław Kozakiewicz: great pole-vaulter, gold medallist of the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He famously made an obscene arm gesture that affected the rest of his career. A universal tale about the price and nature of success.

THE JUMP / SKOK / LECIENS dir. Giedre Zickyte, Lithuania, Latvia, France 2020, 85 min.

The extraordinary story of Simas Kudirka and his desperate jump to freedom that moved thousands of people.

KRESTY / KRESTY dir. Angelina Golikova, Russia 2020, 91 min.

Kresty in 19th-century Saint Petersburg was the biggest jail in Europe. Its history is inextricably linked with the course of Russian history.

MAYOR / BURMISTRZ dir. David Osit, USA, United Kingdom, Palestine 2020, 89 min.

A fascinating documentary about a charismatic leader who is building a city of the future in a nation paralyzed by its past.

ON THE RECORD / MAMY TO NAGRANE dir. Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, USA 2020, 97 min.

A music executive wrestles with her decision whether to make public her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry.

ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES / PEWIEN CZŁOWIEK I JEGO BUTY dir. Yemi Bamiro, United Kingdom 2020, 83 min.

The fascinating story of the global phenomenon of Air Jordan shoes made by Nike.

ROCKFIELD: THE STUDIO ON THE FARM / ROCKFIELD: STUDIO NA FARMIE dir. Hannah Berryman, United Kingdom 2020, 91 min.

A fascinating documentary about the legendary Rockfield Studios founded 50 years ago on a Welsh farm, where performers like Black Sabbath, Queen, Iggy Pop, Robert Plant, Oasis, Coldplay, The Stone Roses, Simple Minds and many others recorded.


THE SECOND LIFE / DRUGIE ŻYCIE dir. Davide Gambino

THE SECOND LIFE / DRUGIE ŻYCIE dir. Davide Gambino, Germany, Belgium, Italy 2020, 82 min.

Three taxidermists prepare for the European Taxidermy Championship 2018. Their work is meant to remind us that thousands of animal species are threatened with extinction, and we are the ones who can prevent it.

STRO: THE MICHAEL D’ASARO STORY / STRO: HISTORIA MICHAELA D’ASARO dir. Gregory Lynch Jr., Doug Nichols, USA 2020, 88 min.

A fascinating documentary built from dozens of interviews with famous athletes, friends and colleagues of Michael D’Asaro, one of the best coaches in the history of American fencing. They are bound together by the directors’ emotional connection: they both took lessons from the master fencer.

WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS / NIE ZASŁUGUJEMY NA PSY dir. Matthew Salleh, Chile, Finland, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vietnam 2020, 84 min.

Everyone knows dogs are man’s best friend, but what did we do to deserve their undying faithfulness and love? A very moving portrait of good dogs and humans, who need each other.

WE WANTED TO CHANGE THE WORLD / CHCIELIŚMY ZMIENIĆ ŚWIAT / MES GRIBEJAM IZMAINIT PASAULI dir. Aija Bley, Latvia 2020, 66 min.

A documentary about three friends from a Latvian punk rock band who never wanted to grow up.

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36th Warsaw International Film Festival, organised by the Warsaw Film Foundation, is supported by The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Marshal's Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. The WFF Sponsors and Partners are: Epson, Fabryka Wyobraźni, Going. The Official Carrier are LOT Polish Airlines. The Festival Cinemas are Kinoteka and Multikino Złote Tarasy. Our Film Industry Partner in China is Film Factory. The official cars are provided by MB Motors. The Festival Hotel is Marriott Warsaw. The Media Partners are: AMC, Co Jest Grane 24, Filmweb, K MAG, Onet, SundanceTV, and Radio Zet. Our shipper is DHL.

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