Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski have worked on documentaries together for years. In 2004 they created GOAT WALKER – awarded with Planete Docu Prize at Berlinale. RABBIT À LA BERLIN – an untold story about wild rabbits which lived between the Berlin Walls was shown on more than 100 festivals and won many awards. In 2010 it got an Academy Award nomination.
The newest film from talented Polish filmmakers THE ART OF DISAPPEARING is another fascinating history lesson: wise, funny and deep.
‘AN EXCERCISE IN EXORCISM STAMPED BY A CERTAIN IRONY’
The film presents an unknown story of a Haitian vodou priest, Amon Frémon, who visited the People’s Republic of Poland in 1980. During his stay, Amon contacts Polish spirits and conducts a vodou ceremony to free Poles from evil.
A metaphysical view on time of socialism through the eyes of a stranger from a different culture.
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MORE ABOUT FILM AND CREW
Shot in Warsaw and the village of Cazale in Haiti where Amon Frémon comes from, the movie relies on the use of archival material.
THE ART OF DISAPPEARING is work made by a crew who work together for a long time. Script is written by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski. Paweł Potoroczyn and Anna Wydra produced the film. Marta Golba was responsible for research and was director's assistant. Film is edited by Andrzej Dąbrowski and postproduced by Mateusz Romaszkan. Sound was designed by Franciszek Kozłowski. Original music created great composer Maciej Cieślak. Prof. Leszek Kolakiewicz and Sebastian Rypson supported directors with their huge knowlegde about vodou and Haitian culture.
THE ART OF DISAPPEARING is a production of Adam Mickiewicz Institute (www.iam.pl) and Otter Films (www.otterfilms.pl) and part of the "Guide to the Poles" documentary series of five films. A journey to the sources of Poland's contemporary freedom and creativity, the films show rock music, fashion, nation spirits, mountaineering, toy-making, as some of the many ways of expressing individual freedom under an oppressive regime.
Film had its world premiere at Visions du Reel in Nyon, Switzerland and Polish premiere as opening film for Planete+ Doc Film Festival. Festival selectioners and industry delegates could watch the film during Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, Doc Corner at Cannes International Film Festival and film market at Krakow Film Festival. In the nearest future THE ART OF DISAPPEARING will be shown at following festivals: DokuFest (August 2013), Jihlava IDFF (October 2013), RIDM (November 2013), Trieste Film Festival (January 2014).
The international promotion of the film is supported by Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).
Warsaw-based sales company New Europe Film Sales (www.neweuropefilmsales.com) has boarded THE ART OF DISAPPEARING as its first documentary.
“We like building relationships with talented filmmakers and producers and Anna, Bartek and Piotr are great examples of passionate and inspiring professionals that we want to accompany in their careers. It will also be interesting to add documentaries to the mix in ourcatalogue,” said New Europe CEO Jan Naszewski.
New Europe plans taking on more documentaries for its sales slate and spearheading the doc lineup will be Polish documentary producer Anna Wydra.
DISTRIBUTION IN POLISH CINEMAS
From 19th of July on THE ART OF DISAPPEARING will be shown in cinemas all over Poland. The Polish distributor of the picture is Against Gravity (http://www.againstgravity.pl), which specializes in documentaries and art house films.