"THE WIND. A DOCUMENTARY THRILLER" AND "THE SYMPHONY OF THE URSUS FACTORY" AT DOC NYC
At the beginning of November, the documentary films by Michał Bielawski and Jaśmina Wójcik will be shown at the prestigious DOC NY festival.
The DOC NY was established in 2010 and immediately attracted the attention of the media and the enthusiasts of the ambitious cinema. Only four years have passed and the festival has grown so much that today it is considered the most important event dedicated to documentary films in the United States. The event lasts eight days, during which the audience has the opportunity to watch the most interesting and the most famous productions from all over the world.
The protagonist of the film invited to the festival, "The Wind. A Documentary Thriller," directed by Michał Bielawski is the halny wind - one of the most unpredictable forces in the Polish mountains. It appears cyclically every spring and autumn. You can never know if and when it would turn into a destructive windstorm. The halny wind affects particularly the inhabitants of Zakopane and its surrounding area, changing the picturesque mountain trails into the space of uncontrollable nature. The film was produced by Telemark.
In addition to the film by Bielawski, in the programme of the New York festival, you can also watch the film "The Symphony of the Ursus Factory" by Jaśmina Wójcik. The Ursus factory was one of the largest tractor production plant in Europe. For nearly the entire twentieth century, it was the pride of the Polish industry. The fall of communism was the beginning of its end. Today, the halls of Ursus are empty or fall into disrepair. Tens of thousands of the biographies of people who worked here were consigned to the dustbin of history. The artists (Jaśmina Wójcik, Igor Stokfiszewski, Rafał Urbacki, Dominik Strycharski, Jakub Wróblewski) invited the former employees of the plant: the workers, the technologists, the managers and the secretaries to participate in an experimental documentary film, which would bring the factory back to life once again. The former employees, using their memories of body and sounds, reconstruct one day of work at the plant. This is how the extraordinary symphony of the Ursus factory is born.
This year's edition of the festival is held from the 6th to the 15th of November.
You can find more information about DOC NY on its official website.