4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
The ﬁlm is a kind of a happening, an improvisation on the events outlined in the script. The spontaneous progress of the events is registered by a documentary camera. Real people - residents of a town Chełmsko Śląskie - and actors introduced to the town by the director, play in the ﬁlm next to each other. For a month, they are all involved in organising the summer fest. Each of them is given a task, which will be later presented at the ﬁnal fest. Actress Hania directs a play with the residents as actors. Darek, a handyman, is to build the scene with the help of local carpenters. Thierry has to teach the local ladies how to cook Italian food, etc. All is supervised by the mayor. The events focus on the characters within the conﬁned area of the town, and what binds all the episodes together is the main square, where the characters meet. Each of the guests brings to the ﬁlm their personality, sense of humour and the way of communicating with other residents. By observing the preparations for the fest, the director creates an image of a place - a town, where living is easy. Where people know each other and tolerate each other’s faults, where they meet to talk. For one summer month, Chełmsko became a location set for a ﬁlm about a perfect town.
Marcin Sauter was born in 1971 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. A graduate of the documentary course at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, together with his friends from Wajda’s School – Maciej Cuske, Thierry Paladino and Piotr Stasik, he established in 2006 the Paladino Film Team. In 2007, together with the Paladino Team, Sauter made a film devoted to Andrzej Wajda, Katyń. 60 Days on the Filmset. Sauter works now for the biggest journals in Poland as a photographer. North from Calabria (2010) Andrzej Wajda: Róbmy zdjęcie! / Andrzej Wajda: Let’s Shoot! (2008) Moje Miasto / My City (2008) Pierwszy Dzień / The First Day (2007) Za Płotem / Behind the Fence (2005) I co wy na to, Gałuszko? / What Do You Think about It Galuszko? (2001)