BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI
 
Ptaki Śpiewają w Kigali

 

 

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

 

drama I 2017 I Poland 

SUNDAY, 16/09/2018 6:30pm

 

 

Original Title:  PTAKI ŚPIEWAJĄ W KIGALI

Duration:  113 min

Language:  Polish with English subtitles

 

Director: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

Writer: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze, 

             Wojciech Albinski

Cast: Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire,

         Witold Wielinski, Ciza Remy

 

 

A bittersweet picture of resilience and psychological consequences of dealing with the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide witnessed by two women: Anna, a Polish ornithologist working in Africa and Claudine, a Tutsi woman rescued by Anna from the Hutu led massacre. An engaging tale about the meaning of life and an existence marked by trauma.

 

Claudine  Mugambira  (Eliane  Umuhire) is  the daughter  of  a  renowned  Rwandan Tutsi ornithologist.  After  the  massacre  in  which  Claudine’s  family  is  killed,  Anna  Keller  (Jowita  Budnik), a Polish  ornithologist  who  researched for  years alongside  Claudine’s  father helps  her  escape  to  Poland.  Anna, herself  a  witness  to  the  violence,  is  deeply  affected  by  it. Both women try to forget the horrors they witnessed and start new lives in Poland. Easing the pain of the past proves difficult for both of them as each struggles to accept the  slow  and  peaceful  flow  of  existence  and  people’s  indifference  towards  the  events  in  Rwanda.

Birds  Are  Singing  in  Kigali, the last joint film by the highly successful husband and wife duo of Joanna  Kos-Krauze  and  the  late  Krzysztof  Krauze  (1953-2014),  depicts  the  process  of  recovering  from  trauma and  the tragic  necessity of choosing life after miraculously  surviving the hell  of  genocide.  The plot is set in Poland  and  in Rwanda.  The filmmakers chose the formula  of  an  intimate  tale,  eschewing any pathos, sermonizing or graphic displays of cruelty. The main characters are two  women:  Anna, an ornithologist  studying  the vulture population  in  Rwanda,  and  Claudine,  a  young  Tutsi  woman. The film won multiple awards worldwide, including Silver Hugo Best Director (Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze) and Silver Hugo Best Actress (Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire) at the Chicago International Film Festival and Best Actress (Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire) at the 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to name only a few.

 JOANNA KOS-KRAUZE & KRZYSZTOF KRAUZE 

Having  worked  together  for  over  twenty  years,  directors  and  screenwriters  Joanna  Kos-Krauze  and Krzysztof  Krauze  (1953–2014)  produced  numerous  highly  successful  documentaries  and  feature  films. The  artistic  tandem’s  successful  collaboration  started  with  "The Debt"  (Dług)  and  TV  films, and continued  with  the  internationally  recognised  productions:  "My Nikifor"  (Mój  Nikifor), awarded  Grand  Prix,  Best  Director  and  Best  Actress  Prizes  at  the  Karlovy Vary  IFF 2005, Grand  Prix  of  the Chicago  IFF 2005,  and  dozens  of  other  awards  around  the  world;  "Saviour Square"  (Plac  Zbawiciela), winner of  Best  Director  and  Best  Cinematography  Prizes  at  the  Camerimage  IFF, Grand  Prix  of  the  Trieste  IFF,  Special  Jury  Prize  and  the  Best  Actress  Award  at  the  Valladolid  IFF and  many  others;  and  PAPUSZA  –  Special  Jury  Mention  at  the  Karlovy  Vary  IFF,  Best  Director Prize  at  the  Valladolid  IFF,  Open  Horizons  Prize  at  the  Thessaloniki  IFF,  etc.  BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI  (Ptaki  śpiewają  w  Kigali) is  their  last  joint  production.

 

"This film sets itself a huge challenge, both artistic and ethical, of evoking a tragedy without simply re-staging its events or relying on sentimentality to move its audience. The tough, inventive direction allows such risks to pay off, alternating between realist and poetic styles in ways that achieve a tremendous emotional force, expanding the boundaries for how trauma can be commemorated on screen. The jury acknowledges with sorrow the many places around the globe where this story remains relevant, and honors Joanna Kos-Krauze as well as, posthumously, her late husband and co-director, Krzysztof Krauze." - Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award for Best Director

 

AWARDS

 

2018  - The New York Polish Film Festival

             Popular Vote for the Best Film 

             Best Film The Beyond Borders Award - Krzysztof Kieślowskiego Award

             Best Actress Elzbieta Czyzewska Award (Eliane Umuhire) 

2018 - LET'S CEE Film Festival 

             Best Performance (Eliane Umuhire) 

 2017 – Chicago International Film Festival 

              Silver Hugo Best Director (Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze) 

              Silver Hugo Best Actress (Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire) 

              Gold Hugo Best Film Nominee 

 2017 – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 

              Best Actress (Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire) 

              Best Film Crystal Globe Nominee

2017 –  Gdynia Film Festival: 

              Silver Lions

            Best Actress (Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire) 

             Best Editor (Katarzyna Leśniak) 

2017 – Central and Eastern European Film Festival "CinEast", Luxemburg

             Grad Prix

 

 

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

LUNA LEEDERVILLE I SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 6:30PM    

 
BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali photo: Ewa Łowżył

 
 

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