Ab Ovo tells the story of life – from birth to death. The film was shot
in one of Polish bulterier. Entering this place is strictly forbidden
for trespassers. Not many of us know what exactly takes place behind the
Documentary film directed by Piotr Janiszewski
Irka and Miłosz are a couple of teenagers who decide to lock themselves up in a hotel room. Their plan is perfect and they are guided by one thought – our love is extraordinary. Twelve hours spent in the room will change their relation forever.
Adam works as a city guard. After working hours he is a rock band leader. He believes that winning the competition will be his great chance for success. Soon it turns out that there are more important things in life.
Documentary film directed by Piotr Janiszewski
Dark comedy. Robert works in a fast food restaurant. After his collegue’s death he becomes melancholic. His life is monotonous and boring. When a new neighbour moves in next door, Robert’s structured world turns upside down.
Marta works at her father’s automobile repair shop. After her boyfriend is arrested, Marta is faced with a difficult choice: to stay loyal to her father, or to do what it takes to get her boyfriend released.
A young couple in their 20s are expecting a child but don’t know they will cope. Faced with unexpected pressures and emotions they decide to separate and give the child up for adoption. They do not make this decision easily, with only two months remaining until the baby is due. The situation they find themselves in leads to conversations and experiences, that will have a lasting impact upon the rest of their lives.
Ewa takes her daughter to their lake house to prepare for her birthday party. Julka brings along her boyfriend. The mother disapproves of his presence and wants him to leave. However, the hardest battle she will have to fight is the one with herself.
A couple of young Ukrainians, Olena and Dima, is travelling through Poland to Sweden. Unfortunately, their wallet is stolen on the train and during a fight, the thieves throw it on the railway. They have to find it before the ferry leaves.
Feature film directed by Elżbieta Benkowska
The film tells the story about three generations of women living together in poverty. Every one of them represents a different attitude to life. Agata, the daughter, is trying to fulfill her dream of being an artist, although it is not easy for her to believe in herself.
The film tells the story of a unique friendship between two 9-year-olds. The boy is blind. His girlfriend takes him for a walk to the lakeside. During their walk they are not only playing and fighting, but also trying to understand the world.
Documentary film directed by Filip Jacobson
Karol and Robert are brothers living in a blocks of flats district. Robert works as a security guard and Karol is passionate about hip-hop. When Robert gets fired and the landlord threatens to evict them, the boys seek help from a fellow gangster. Soon it turns out it wasn’t a good idea.
Alicja has everything planned – she is leaving with her boyfriend to Sydney. All she has left to do is say goodbye to her mother. As their departure looms closer, the woman does her best not to let her daughter go.
Twenty-year-old Iza has been preparing for an important boxing fight under the watchful eye of her father. Short before the fight the father makes a proposal to her to fix the fight. Iza has to choose between fulfilling her dreams and defending the values she has always believed in.
Feature film directed by Maciej Bartosz Kruk
Zofia and Kuba are young parents. She's an actress, but most of the time looks after her daughter. The family harmony is disturbed by the fact that Zofia gets a chance to perform with her idol. She sets out to an audition with the child.
Divorcing Wiktor takes on a corporate challenge of walking naked around the office. He uses the money to take his 9-year-old daughter on her dream trip. However, his 17-year-old stepson, Mikołaj, stands in his way.
Film fabularny w reż. Maksymiliana Nowickiego
Panicked, the boy leaves his fiancée and the baby. He tries to leave the country, but just before leaving, an eight-year-old smarty shows up in his kitchen. The girl pulls him into an inconspicuous scam ...
Ania is driving her daughter, Basia, to a casting for a talent show. The girl is acting weird, yet the mother doesn’t seem to notice it. When her turn to perform comes, Basia suddenly rushes off from the stage. Ania has to face her own insecurities to notice and understand her daughter’s needs.
A day in the life of a 19-year-old boy called Karol who looks after his grandfather with Alzheimer's disease. Unexpectedly, Karol learns the family secret related to the dramatic events during the Polish workers' protests in December 1970. The revealed past forces him to make the most important decision in his life to date.
Film fabularny w reż. Stanisława Horodeckiego
28-year-old Isia has her life together. She works in a pharmacy, has a loving husband and ... a lover. Suddenly everything turns upside down. Isia needs to fix her life, but learns very quickly that love is not that easy ....
Summer, snapchat, first love. Falling in love means the world to 16-year-old Natalia. She records a video to attract the attention of a boy from the neighborhood. On the way to closeness, however, she encounters adulthood.
Timid Franek finds a new job. His task is to pretend attractive call girls and fortune tellers. This is the last chance to pay off his rent to a selfish landlord, Bronek and to have a passionate romance with his supervisor Joanna. One day the boy discovers a sad secret of his landlord.
When you’re facing a loss it makes you feel as if the world has stopped and got empty. Each of the portrayed family members tries to deal with it in their own way. Teenage Piotrek struggles protecting his younger brother from the damage that the loss has caused in their life. Bereaved, he gradually loses strength to deal with everyday life.
Tina and Julek are musically talented siblings. They are preparing for giving a concert that is supposed to change their lives as a talent scout from a big record company is coming to listen to them. The atmosphere of excitement and mutual support is suddenly spoiled, when Julek doesn’t come home for a night. Tina, aware of his drug problem, is suspicious and makes him take a drug test. The result is negative which picks a fight between siblings.
“Olena” by Elżbieta Benkowska, a director recently graduated from The Gdynia Film School, will be competing for this year’s Golden Palm of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in the category of short films. This year, there were 3 500 entries from 132 countries in this category.
35 films from all over the world will be competing to win Brama Wolności Award during the 9. edition of Gdańsk DocFilm Festival [Godność i Praca/ Dignity&Work] which will take place from 4th till 8th May 2011. The Gdynia Film School is a partner of the festival.