POLANSKI, HOROWITZ. HOMETOWN
POLAŃSKI, HOROWITZ. HOMETOWN
After several decades, they finally meet in their hometown. Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polański and his world-famous friend, photographer Ryszard Horowitz. Two artists, who first met as children in the Jewish ghetto established by the Germans in the occupied Poland, return to the beautiful city of Cracow to wander around the cobbled streets and recall happy memories of childhood as well as the tragic wartime experiences.
Two artists, world-famous photographer Ryszard Horowitz and award-winning film director Roman Polański, return to Cracow to wander along the pathways of their wartime experiences. They came to Poland to share the most personal memories from their childhood and youth. They tell the story of survival – how Horowitz became one of the youngest kids rescued by Oscar Schindler and how Polański after escaping the ghetto hid in the house of a poor peasant family – and a story of a long time friendship going back to the times when they skipped school to go to the movies, developed their first photographs and fell in love with art. They walk through the streets of Cracow’s Kazimierz district and the former ghetto, look into the flats where they spent their early years and remember those who are no longer alive as well as those who enabled them to survive the Holocaust.
"Co-directors Mateusz Kudła and Anna Kokoszka-Romer have crafted a gently perceptive film that subtly examines the different characteristics of two very different men, allowing space and time for introspection alongside gentle humour, all the time balancing memory with perspective. Roman Polański is, of course, a polarising figure, but this film is a compassionate exploration of a very specific time in history and these two thoughtful men offer a personal and emotional take on being a Jewish child during World War II in Poland" — Mark Adams, Business Doc Europe
Graduate of Journalism and Social Communication as well as Culture Management at the Jagiellonian University. In her MA thesis ‘The Black and White Myth of a Pop Culture Icon’, she focused on the presentation of Roman Polański’s image in the media. She has been working for the media since 2008 writing articles for print and online editions.
Documentary film author and television reporter. Distinguished for his journalistic achievements by the Krakow branch of the Polish Journalist Association in 2016 and a year later nominated to the Bolesław Prus Award. His documentary "The Photo Film People" has won, among others, the Golden Dolphin at the TV festival de Cannes and the Gold Plaque at the Television Festival in Chicago. His film "Depositary"has been awarded for editing at the festival in Southampton and has received two honourable mentions at the Best Shorts Competition.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: Audience Award I Krakow Film Festival I 2021
WINNER: National Competition Special Mention I Krakow Film Festival I 2021
WINNER: Audience Award I Two Riversides Film and Art Festival l I 2021
WINNER: Krzysztof Kieślowski Main Award "Beyond Borders" I The New York Polish Film Festival I 2022
NOMINATED: Discovery of Year I Polish Film Awards I 2022
NOMINATED: Best Documentary I Polish Film Awards I 2022
POLAŃSKI, HOROWITZ. HOMETOWN
documentary I 2021 I Poland
THURSDAY 8/12/2022 6:45pm
Original Title: Polański, Horowitz. Hometown
Duration: 75 min
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Director: Mateusz Kudła, Anna Kokoszka-Romer
Writer: Anna Kokoszka-Romer, Mateusz Kudła
Cast: Roman Polański, Ryszard Horowitz,