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5th DMZ Docs(2013)

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The Art of Disappearing

Piotr ROSOŁOWSKI, Bartek KONOPKA

  • Poland
  • 2013
  • 51min
  • HD
  • color/black and white

Synopsis

On the surface, The Art of Disappearing shows the encounter of a Haitian Voodoo sorcerer’s story and Polish history during the time of upheaval. Amon FREMON believes that he is a descendant of Polish soldiers who were abandoned in Haiti, after the Haitian Revolution. He talks about his spiritual experiences, and ritual for Poland and Haiti’s prosperity, and suspicious deaths. However, the film looks totally different when we doubt his testimony. Documented images and art house like approach in the film seem unsure. Now, this looks similar to our media which always dramatize a case. Even our journalism reporting today’s incident has exaggeration. The film deals with years of past, should we expect pure truth? The Art of Disappearing looks back at Poland in the 1980s with the eyes of Voodoo sorcerer, of whom Westerners think unrealistic and unreliable. The film questions the memory of the past and the perspective on the past. 200 years ago, they helped Haitians expel French army from the land. Every Pole united for the nation at that time. It was the hottest time in Polish history. In the 1980s, they were all longing for democracy and freedom. The film wants us to ask whether the glorious time actually exist or not. The time has passed away and the Voodoo sorcerer has disappeared. Where has the heat of that time gone to? The beautiful moments of solidarity has scattered away. Is the history just an illusion? The Art of Disappearing looks at the past with unusual questions. (LEE Yong-cheol)

Director

  • Piotr ROSOŁOWSKI

    Graduated as cinematographer from the Katowice Film School. Lives and works in both Poland and Germany. Co-director of documentaries Out of Dreams, The Art of Disappearing and The Domino Effect, co-author of Rabbit a la Berlin and Goat walker. DoP of many awarded feature and short films, among them: On the line, Nowhere in Europe and The mole. The Domino Effect (2014) The Art of Disappearing (2013) Out of Dreams (2012)​ 

  • Bartek KONOPKA

    Oscar nominated director for the Rabbit a la Berlin documentary that was shown at more than 100 festivals, received a dozen prizes and had been sold to 40 countries. His feature fiction debut Fear of Falling was premiered at Montreal IFF. Released in cinemas in France, Spain, Iran, Poland. Bartek is a graduate of film studies at the Jagiellonian University Cracow and of directing at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He also graduated from the documentary and fiction courses at Wajda School.   The Art of Disappearing (2013) Fear of Falling (2011) Rabbit a la Berlin (2009)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerPaweł POTOROCZYN, Anna WYDRA
  • Cinematography Piotr ROSOŁOWSKI
  • Editor Andrzej DĄBROWSKI MUSIC Maciej CISŚLAK
  • Sound Franciszek KOZŁOWSKI

PRODUCTION COMPANY / WORLD SALES

PRODUCTION COMPANY   Otter Films 

WORLD SALES  NEW EUROPE FILM SALES

Tel  48 609841445

E-mail  docs@neweuropefilmsales.com​