Wajda School - The power of simple stories

Wajda School's graduates are proving that film produces intimate stories of ordinary people. They look through a camera lens behind the scenes of a provincial theater, the interior of massive block of flats, a shepherd's family in the mountains of the Caucasus and Armenia. "Hitler in the Opera", "Superunit", "Milky Brother" or "Shepherd's Song" - films presented at the Play Poland Film Festival – all prove that extraordinary stories are happening where no one would not expect them to. You need only the desire and patience to see it. Participants of the PPFF screenings will get such an opportunity!
From the perspective of the viewer, the most interesting of the four pictures may be "Superunit", directed by Teresa Czepiec, internationally winning under the world short documentary category. The film tells the story of the residents of a massive multi-storey building in Poland - Falowiec (from the Polish word fala that means wave). The concept of modernist building, which once dominated the architecture of Paris, Berlin and other Western cities, still determines the landscape and housing in Poland. Famous 'wavy' blocks of flats are the implementation of projects originally designed by the French architect Le Corbusier who criticized the bourgeois habits of societies and dreamed of modernist towns, with skyscrapers located amongst green space. He did not approve of excessive ornamentation and the aesthetic values ??of pre-war architecture. Rather, he believed that a house is a machine to live; its appearance should be subordinated to practical purposes. Huge, serially produced buildings have become a cure for the overpopulation of contemporary cities.

The cities rebuilt after the war were inspired by Le Corbusier's idea. In Poland, the boom in new architectural solutions came at the end of the Stalinist era. And, its effects have been preserved until today. However, just as in France or Germany, beautiful assumptions devalued, revealing the dark side of the idea. Huge population centers (accumulated quite accidentally) have become problematic. Housing associations are helpless facing needs of thousands of tenants. Failures of old lifts force residents to climb up to 10 flights of stairs. In the maze of corridors and staircases, one can easily get lost. However, there are people who, in such circumstances often spent all their lives in these 'housing machines' and never turned to another place of residence. It is for them that filmmaker Teresa Czepiec directs her documentary. In hundreds of apartments, each of them hold a different story. This visually stunning film is arranged as a polyphonic story about social change and its consequences.

Screenings of Wajda School will be held at the Play Poland Film Festival in Aberdeen (18.11) and London (21.11).  
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