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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



89mm from Europe

Marcel ŁOZIŃSKI

  • Poland
  • 1993
  • 12min
  • DigiBeta
  • black and white

Synopsis

<89mm from Europe> is a black-and-white short documentary set against the backdrop of a railway station in Brzesc, Belarus. Workers, looking pretty worn out, are taking a break. A honking train to Moscow comes into the station and they gather around the train getting back to work. Situated at the Polish-Belarussian border, the Brzesc train station is where European trains running on a 1,435mm track replace its wheels to fit into the 1,524mm track of the former USSR. With the greatest care, the camera captures the wheel-changing workers and passengers who watch them working or spend their short stopovers on the platform. In such a short time, the documentary juxtaposes exhausted workers with curious passengers and displays 89mm difference in track gauge between Russian and European railroads. <89mm from Europe> reveals difference between labor and leisure, and that between former Soviet Union and Europe. Marcel Łoziński vividly captures the people making use of an extended symbolic images and deliberate contrast. (HWANG Hei-Rim)

Review

Director

  • Marcel ŁOZIŃSKI

    Born in Paris in 1940. Graduate of Film Directing Department in the National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź (1971). In 1994, nominated for the American Academy Award and for the European Film Academy Award for the documentary 89mm from Europe. Currently lectures at Andrzej Wajda’s Master School for Film Directing and at Dragon Forum - the international documentary film workshops in the middle of Europe.  Tonia and Her Children (2011) Poste Restante (2009) I Remember (2001) 89mm from Europe (1993) Microphone’s Test (1980) Wheel of Fortuna (1972)​ 

Credit

  • Screenwriter ŁOZIŃSKI
  • Cinematography Jacek PETRYCKI, Arthur REINHART
  • Editor Katarzyna MACIEJKO-KOWALCZYK
  • Sound Małgorzata JAWORSKA

Production Company / Distributor / Sales

Production Company  Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop 

Distributor/Sales  Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop

Address  Chełmska St. 21 00-724 Warsaw, Poland

Tel  48 22 851 17 79

E-mail  studio@kalejdoskop.art.pl​