THE RESISTANCE OF MATTER
POLISH TITLE: OPÓR MATERII
The protagonist of the documentary is 50-year-old Ryszard Szczepanski, whose passion is bird watching. Inspired by the designs of Leonardo da Vinci, he decided to build a flying machine, powered by human muscle, which he called The Ornithopter. The film is set in the picturesque scenery of Kashubian hills, where Ryszard performs his attempts of taking the machinery to the skies. Realization of his great dream is accompanied by children - the audience his circus performances. Their whispers "will fly - won't fly" are both skeptical and hopeful.
- RUNNING TIME:
- Justyna Nowak
- Justyna Nowak
- Szymon Kluz
- Andrzej Smolik
- Paulina Bocheńska, Agata Chodyra
- PWSFTviT (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna)
Justyna Nowak completed the MA programme in film directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. Known for her feature short "Dragonflies" which took part in the competition of the 64th Biennale di Venezia, where it was nominated for the Prix UIP of the European Film Academy. "Dragonflies" took part in important competitions at international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Cork, Leeds, Encounters. The film won prizes for Best European Short and Best Cinematography at Raindance Film Festival in London. Her films are mainly comedy-dramas with elements of absurdity and surrealism, inspired by the French and Czech New Wave. They often portray a strong female character and dive into the social themes of women's issues.
Her last work - "Beauty" was a postfeminist, experimental film with elements of theatre. She also pursues her passion for screenwriting for animated films which include "The Rabbit's Case" and "The Mystery of the Malakka Mountain" which got Grand Prix and Best Screenplay at Brno16 Film Festival. An alumna of Berlinale Talents.