EVENT, SCREENING, SCREENING + Q&A
Silent Love + Joanna d’Arc
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 5:45 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With Marek Kozakiewicz and Aleksander Szamalek in person
MoMI is pleased to partner with the Polish documentary festival Millennium Docs Against Gravity on this program co-presented with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Dir. Marek Kozakiewicz. Poland/Germany. 2022, 72 mins. In Polish with English subtitles. Thirty-five-year-old Aga starts to look after her teenage brother, Milosz, after their mother’s death. While caring for him with the dedication and responsibility of a parent, she also seeks to become his legal guardian. To do so, she must navigate both a stringent legal apparatus and the mores of her conservative community by keeping her long-term relationship with Maja secret —even from Milosz. In a film of exemplary restraint and elegant construction, director Kozakiewicz lets us witness the evolution of this modern family patiently and respectfully, allowing the audience to make realizations and take leaps alongside these three remarkable subjects. New York premiere
Dir. Aleksander Szamalek. Poland. 2021, 30 mins. In Polish with English subtitles. Aneta is the manager of an erotic massage parlor in France. She left Poland to seek her own path, but things have gotten tangled up, especially with a partner who chafes at her independent spirit. With her children growing up and depending upon her less, it may be time to change things up again, and reclaim her freedom. North American premiere
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.
About the Filmmakers:
Marek Kozakiewicz is a Polish filmmaker and cinematographer. His feature documentary directorial debut, Silent Love (2022), was awarded at the DOC LAB POLAND and received the Accelerator Prize at DOK Leipzig 2019 Film Market. The film was selected for Visions Du Reel and Hotdocs 2022. Kozakiewicz worked as a cinematographer for the feature documentary Diagnosis (2019) and was nominated by PSC for the Best Polish Cinematography award in documentary.
Aleksander Szamalek is a Polish director and cinematographer working in independent documentaries and TV production as a camera operator. Szamalek is currently studying cinematography at Krzysztof Kieslowski National Film School of Katowice. In 2022 he directed his first short documentary, Joanna d’Arc, and previously worked on the short films Pilsudski (2019) and About a Boy Who Went Barefoot (2020).