THE HAMLET SYNDROME

POLISH TITLE: SYNDROM HAMLETA

‘To be or not to be’ – these words take on new meanings in wartime conditions. A few months before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a group of young people prepare a play in which Shakespeare will voice their own doubts, fears and dreams. In the background, there are various experiences of the ‘Maidan generation’. Some of them are processing traumas after their return from the war in Donbas, others are facing questions about what the Ukrainian struggle is really about and how their country should change. Life, theatre and cinema blend into one for a moment turning into a thrilling psychodrama.

GENRE:
documentary
COUNTRY:
Poland, Germany
RUNNING TIME:
85'
YEAR:
COLOUR:
colour
DIRECTING:
Piotr Rosołowski, Elwira Niewiera
SCRIPT:
Piotr Rosołowski, Elwira Niewiera
DOP:
Piotr Rosołowski
EDITOR:
Agata Cierniak
MUSIC:
John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
SOUND:
Marcin Lenarczyk, Jarosław Sadowski
PRODUCTION:
Balapolis Magdalena Kamińska

Piotr Rosołowski »

Graduated as a cinematographer from the Katowice Film School. Awarded with a scholarship of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Co-director of the documentary The Art of Disappearing (premiere at Visions du Réel 2013), co-author of Rabbit à la Berlin – Academy Award nominated short documentary film. Director of Photography of many awarded feature and short films, among them: On the line dir. Reto Caffi – Academy Award nominated short fiction and “Nowhere in Europe“ dir. Kerstin Nickig – main prize at the Sarajevo Human Rights Film Festival. He was a participant of European Film Academy Master Class 2006, Ex Oriente Film 2005 and Documentary Campus 2007. 

Elwira Niewiera »

Director and researcher. Her feature documentary debut, Bulgarian Stories was presented at a number of international film festivals and had art-house cinema distribution in Germany. Elwira worked also as first assistant director and researcher on the Academy Award nominated documentary Rabbit à la Berlin. Since 2008 she is Executive Director of the Polish-German cultural foundation Nowa Ameryka.