THE ART OF DISAPPEARING / SZTUKA ZNIKANIA
 
Director / Bartek Konopka & Piotr Rosołowski






Status / completed
Genre / documentary
Runtime / 51'
Format / HD
Country of production / Poland
Year of production / 2013
Relased date / 21 Apr 2013
Original language / Creole
Subtitles / English/ Polish
Colour / colour/ b&w
Otter Films as / production



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main crew

 

Script: Piotr Rosołowski, Bartek Konopka
Director: Bartek Konopka, Piotr Rosołowski
DoP: Piotr Rosołowski
Editing: Andrzej Dąbrowski
Original music: Maciej Cieślak
Sound: Franciszek Kozłowski
Comentary: Ignacy Karpowicz
Consultancy: Prof. Leszek Kolankiewicz, Sebastian Rypson
Directors' assistant/ research/ production manager: Marta Golba
Picture postproduction: Mateusz Romaszkan
Producers: Paweł Potoroczyn - Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Anna Wydra Otter Films

storyline

 

Poland was a strange place for him. Even the rain was louder, as if in a land of deaf people. People gathered in queues for hours but they never spoke to each other. A romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz led him to the underworld and helped him contact Polish spirits. He survived the martial law period when the evil white water came from the sky, water that could not satisfy thirst. Finally he decided to perform a great vodou ceremony to free the Polish people from evil forces. The dead and alive unite in battle. The spirit of the Polish romanticism unites with the Haitian loa spirits just as 200 years ago, during the great revolution in Haiti.

An unknown story of a Haitian vodou priest, Amon Frémon, who visited the People's Republic of Poland in 1980. A metaphysical view on time of socialism through the eyes of a stranger form a different culture.

 

trailer: https://vimeo.com/70509902

 

about the director

 

Bartek Konopka
Oscar® nominated director for short documentary 'Rabbit a la Berlin'.

Master degree of film science from Jagiellonian University Cracow. Studied journalism and worked as a TV/radio reporter for 4 years. In 2002 finished his studies in film directing at Kieslowski WRiTV Katowice Film School and Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing Warsaw. Bartek Konopka has directed numerous documentaries for TVP, TVN, MTV, VIVA as well as commercials and video clips. Nominated for prestigious Polityka Passports Award for the Best Young Talent. Received Ministry of Culture scholarship for artistic achievements. Expert of Polish Film Institute. In 2010 he is finishing his full-length feature debut 'Fear of Heights'. 

Piotr Rosołowski
Born 1977. Since 2002 he has been working as an independent cinematographer in Poland, Germany and Switzerland. He is also a co-author of awarded scripts of documentary films 'Ballada o kozie' / 'The Goat Walker' and 'Królik po berlińsku' / 'Rabbit à la Berlin'. He is the author of cinematography for the short film 'Auf der Strecke' which was nominated in short fiction category for the 81.Academy Awards in 2008.

 

 

festivals & special screenings

 

WORLD PREMIERE: Apr 2013 - Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland

May 2013 - Planet+ Doc Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland - Opening film and Magic Hour Competition

May 2013 - Krakow Film Festival, Cracow, Poland

July 2013 - T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival, Wrocław, Poland

Agust 2013 - Transatlantyk Festival Poznan, Poland

August 2013 - Two Riversides Festival, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, 2013

August 2013 - DokuFest, Prizren, Kosovo 2013

 

Presentations, pitchings:

2012 - Krakow Film Festival - Project presented within DOCS TO GO!

2011 - Karlovy Vary, International Film Festival. Project presented within DOCU TALENTS FROM THE EAST

http://www.dokument-festival.com/database/movie/3687%7CSztuka-znikania

 

financing

 

Produced on behalf of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute 

distribution

 

Sales & promotion

New Europe Film Sales

contact: Anna Wydra

docs@neweuropefilmsales.com

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related news

 
2013-11-30 / THE ART OF DISAPPEARING - 2 SPECIAL MENTIONS!!!
2013-07-18 / 'THE ART OF DISAPPEARING' STARTS FESTIVAL TOUR AND THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION IN POLAND!
2013-05-05 / THE ART OF DISAPPEARING - NATIONAL PREMIERE - PLANETE+ DOC FILM FESTIVAL
2013-04-15 / "The Art of Disappearing" - WORLD PREMIERE - Visions du Reel in Nyon, Switzerland
2012-05-30 / SIX DEGREES and ART OF DISAPPEARING among 9 projects at DOCS TO GO! - Krakow Film Festival
2011-07-04 / "Six degrees" and "Art of Disappearing" at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

http://www.culture.pl/web/english/resources-film-full-page/-/eo_event_asset_publisher/eAN5/content/art-of-disappearing-guide-to-the-poles-series

"Kapłan wudu ogląda polski karnawał", Tadeusz Sobolewski, Gazeta Wyborcza, 9.05.2013

"Kapłan wudu odprawia egzorcyzmy nad Polską 1980 roku", Barbara Hollender, Rzeczpospolita, 7.05.2013

"Kapłan voodoo walczy z komunizmem", Dawid Karpiuk, Newsweek, 6.05.2013

"Jak znikać - rozmowa z Bartoszem Konopką", Julian Tomala, Art&Business, lipiec 2013

"RELACJA WIDEO: Planete + Doc Film Festival: Bartosz Konopka i Piotr Rosołowski o filmie 'Sztuka znikania'", Filmweb, 11.05.2013

"Co ma Haitańczyk do Polaka?", Adriana Prodeus, Stopklatka, 11.05.2013

"Łatwiej iść, żartując z samego siebie", Katarzyna Skorupska, Portalfilmowy.pl, 17.05.2013

"PLANETE+ DOC - Sztuka znikania Bartka Konopki", Kasia Kazimierowska, Zwierciadlo.pl, 14.05.2013

"'Sztuka znikania': kapłan voodoo przewodnikiem po PRL", Polskie Radio Jedynka, 9.05.2013

"Weekendowy Magazyn Filmowy", TVP1, 28.01.2012

"Sztuka znikania", Stefczyk.tv, 18.07.2013

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