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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



The Balcony Movie

Pawel LOZINSKI

  • Poland
  • 2021
  • 100min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

Can anyone be a movie hero? Can the world be locked in one film frame? Director Paweł Łoziński is watching people from his balcony as they are passing by, he accosts them, asks questions, talks about how they deal with life. Every story is unique, and life always surpasses imagination. Maybe it’s enough to stop for a moment to get a deeper insight?

Review

The Balcony Movie is a film of keen insight, made by interviewing and filming over 1,000 people in two and a half years. Polish documentary director Pawel Lozinski decides to shoot people passing by the fence between the yard and the pavement from the balcony of his house. It unfolds with a simple concept of holding a camera and asking questions to neighbors, family members, and strangers. The distinctive feature of this concept is that, unlike regular documentaries in which people are selected and followed, most people walk themselves into the frame where the camera is installed. People's conversations and reactions are largely divided into two categories. These are people who want to communicate with the camera with people who are uncomfortable with the camera. A widow who lost her husband 10 years ago, an old lady using a lawn mower, and a middle-aged ex-convict who regrets the past, their stories are loosely connected. The film captures all four seasons, and the camera remains stationary, maintaining steep tilt and pan angles. The filming was over due to the outbreak of Corona 19 while it was being produced, but the condition that non-face-to-face has become common gives this film unexpected meaning.

Director

  • Pawel LOZINSKI

    Polish director, cameraman and producer of documentaries. Author of more than 20 award-winning documentaries. He makes distinct and emotionally charged films about people of whom he draws intimate portraits. ​ 

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