History of the Movies in Popielawy

Historia kina w Popielawach, 1998, 100 min.

History of the Movies in Popielawy (1998)

Awards

1999

1999 International Slavic and Orthodox Film Festival, Moscow
Silver Witez

1999 Trieste Film Festival Alte Adria Cinema
Grand Prix

1998 Gdynia Film Festival
Grand Prix 

1998 Polish Film Award
Best Film

Production

Director Jan Jakub Kolski
Screenplay Jan Jakub Kolski
Cinematography Krzysztof Ptak
Music Zygmunt Konieczny
Art Direction Wojciech Saloni-Marczewski
Producer(s) Kazimierz Rozwalks

Cast

Jozef Andryszek V Krzysztof Majchrzak
Jozef Andryszek I Bartosz Opania
Chanutka V Grazyna Blecka-Kolska
Uncle Janek Franciszek Pieczka
Szustek Michal Jasinski
Staszek Tomasz Krysiak
Kulawik Mariusz Saniterniak
Chautka I Joanna Pierzak

Story

The narrator of the story is named Staszek, a ten-year-old boy raised in the city, but sent to school in Popielawy, the village where his grandparents live. In his diary Staszek writes a story of an old blacksmith family – the Andryszeks. One of its senior members, Jozef Andryszek, invented a cinematic machine used to screen sequences of hand painted movie stills. But he only got to see it work once before he died during the January Uprising. Now the sixth of the generation named Szustek wants to reconstruct the device, but his father disapproves and blames the machine for his family’s suffering. He wants a better life for his son…