DOC LAB START PROJECTS 2022
THE TENDERNESS OF TRANSIENCE
director: Mateusz Mularski
producer / production company: Joanna Zielińska – Big Wave Films
A story about people who, as a result of mourning, experience a radical life transformation. Anja – a certified mourning companion – helps them go through the difficult time of losing a loved one.
DIARY OF A REBEL-KRYSTIAN LUPA
director: Sylvie Derdacki
producer / production company: Mikołaj Pokromski – Pokromski Studio
As every Tuesday, Krystian Lupa gets on a train to Warsaw. The landscape passing outside the window blends with other images, transporting us into the world of this insightful artist and visionary.
A HOLE IN THE WALL
director: Arjun Talwar
producer / production company: Karolina Śmigiel-Unisolo Studio
Filmmaker Arjun Talwar observes the street he lives on. Through the eyes of an immigrant, he looks at today’s Poland, encountering stories of migration, past and present.
director: Julia Kuzka
producer / production company: Małgorzata Małysa-Furia Film
Weronika, an experienced model, goes to Tokyo for the last contract. In Poland she leaves her beloved sister and boyfriend. Far away from home she’s trying to figure out what to do with her life next.
MIREK, MACIEJ AND THE THIRD ONE
director: Adela Kaczmarek
producer / production company: Marta Pielasz, Paweł Jóźwiak-Rodan – Unsin Studio
Jesus suddenly enters the lives of long-time gay lovers – Mirek and Maciek. Will they be able to reconcile two different worlds?
director: Agata Baumgart
producer / production company: Grzegorz Pacek – Mokry Nos Psa
Growing up girls want to tell the world a story about why teenagers don’t want to live and how they enter adulthood battling a mental health crisis.
ON MY OWN TERMS
director: Tadeusz Chudy
producer / production company: Dominika Pałka – DJ FILM Dominika Pałka
Paweł, a boy from a orphanage, has a chance to fight for his future. Although everyone sees a future boxing champion in him, he is not sure if he is ready to start his adult life.
THE PERFECT DATE
director: Małgorzata Goliszewska
producer / production company: Agnieszka Skalska – ZPR MEDIA S.A.
Are you turning 36 soon and haven’t met your dream life partner yet? Dating apps, relationship coaches and psychotherapy aren’t helping? Design the man of your dreams at the astrologer!
JUST HEAR ME OUT
director: Małgorzata Imielska
producer / production company: Barbara Ławska – Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop
After 3 years in a psychiatric hospital, Gosia, an 18-year-old diagnosed with a full-blown drug-resistant schizophrenia returns home. Will she find refuge in a society that brutally rejects disparity?
director: Anna Pichura, Felix Mirosław Mamczur
producer / production company: Benno Zerbst
Is the need to help others a way to help ourselves? Our characters come across people in the ruins, sewers and bushes of Krakow. They provide them with whatever is needed: ranging from water to weddings.
INSURANCE AGAINST METEORITES
director and producer: Natalia Śliwowska, Jorik Amit Galama
Since her brother died in a mysterious car accident, Natalia grew up under the weight of her mother’s obsession with his unresolved death. 20 years later, as a filmmaker, she searches for the truth.
TOWARDS THE SUN
director: Agnieszka Kokowska
producer / production company: Justyna Ziemkiewicz, Sławomir Richert – Warsaw Production Team
Kasia and Robert, parents of 3 sons, decided to sell their house, pack in a camper van and go on a journey of life to be closer to each other. The freedom they’ve gained became a serious family test.
DOC LAB GO PROJECTS 2022
director: Natalia Pietsch, Grzegorz Piekarski
producer / production company: Katarzyna Kostecka – Larmo
How to remain calm in the face of impending cataclysm? The answer is „keyf” – the Middle Eastern art of taking pleasure in being „here and now”.
WELL OF DREAMS
director: Paweł Tarasiewicz
producer / production company: Paweł Tarasiewicz – Amondo Films
A tale about love and dreams of Reema – a transgender woman in Pakistan.
THE COAL DAUGHTER
director: Aneta Nowicka
producer / production company: Jacek Kucharski – Trafik
25 year old Olivia confronts with the family tradition: following her mother she starts working by sorting minings’s waste in one of the heaviest departments of the coalmine.
WHEN THE HARMATTAN BLOWS
director: Edyta Wróblewska
producer / production company: Edyta Wróblewska, Marta Dużbabel, Agnieszka Rostropowicz-Rutkowska – Szymon Kudła – Inspiracje i Energia, Pinot Films
Barbara, a woman who has been slaved and abused as a child, faces the past. By confronting people who hurt her she tries to regain her dignity to move forward with her life and fight for happiness.
FEAR OUT OF HEAD
director: Grzegorz Brzozowski
producer / production company: Natalia Grzegorzek – Koskino Sp. z o.o.
Where to find hope in the dark times? The director uses the computer screen as a window to the world and people who teach him that every fear can be overcome as long as we stay together.
THE ONE I LOVE
director: Paweł Hejbudzki
producer / production company: Justyna Przybylska, Filip Luft – Airy Movies Filip Luft
After many years of absence Daria comes from Mexico to Poland to find biological siblings her mother gave up for adoption.
FACES OF AGATA
director: Małgorzata Kozera
producer / production company: Maria Krauss – Plesnar & Krauss FILMS Sp. z o.o.
Agata was about to die a long time ago. But instead – she was born again. The story of a woman who loves life, struggles with a lethal disease, makes art and keeps asking questions.
SIGNS OF MR. PLUM
director: Urszula Morga, Bartosz Mikołajczyk
producer / production company: Stanisław Zaborowski, Daria Maślona, Jan Borowiec – Silver Frame
Against will of his parents, a one-eyed boy became a graphic designer. He filled communist Poland with his logos. Many of them stay in use to this day, but no one knows that Mr. Plum created them.
director: Adam Roszkowksi
producer / production company: Anna Różalska – Match&Spark; Adam Roszkowski – Okay Films
A story of the three-year path to success of adolescent Łukasz Perkowski. As a young boxer, he tries to get to the Polish Junior Championship, which can give him independence and triumph.
ZORZA. MY TINY MOVIE THEATRE
director: Ewa Kitlińska
producer / production company: Katarzyna Mazurkiewicz – Stowarzyszenie Form Różnych
A polyphonic story about passion, passing, longing and what adds magic to life, locked within the walls of the oldest cinema in the city, an elderly lady from another era.