ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE
Jeszcze Dzień Życia
ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE
animation, biography I 2019 I Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary
SATURDAY 2/11/2019 7:00pm
Original Title: Jeszcze dzień życia
Duration: 85 min
Language: English | Portuguese | Polish | Spanish
Director: Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow
Writer: Raúl de la Fuente, Amaia Remirez,
Niall Johnson, David Weber
Ziętek, Rafał Fudalej, Paweł Paczesny, Jakub
Kamieński, Olga Bołądż
One of the greatest journalists of the 20th century, Ryszard Kapuściński’s gripping account of the collapse of Portuguese colonialism in Angola is brought to the screen through a combination of animation and documentary with live-action footage. An unmissable Festival highlight.
“Another Day Of Life” is a cinematic masterpiece that swiftly combines spectacular 3D animation and documentary with live-action footage and sound. It perfectly reflects the signature style of Kapuściński's world renowned reportage, enabling the viewer to relive the journalist's experience of being on the frontline of history.
The film is based on Ryszard Kapuściński’s book under the same title, believed by many to be his best publication. Kapuściński himself described it as "a very personal book, about being alone and lost". It is a fascinating account of the journalist's three-month-long trip across Angola during the 1975 revolution. It consits of 60 minutes of stunningly animated feature and around 20 minutes of interviews with surviving characters and newsreel footage bringing history to life.
Just like the readers of the literary original, the audience will begin their journey with Kapuściński in Luanda, the capital of Angola. The country is in the midst of decolonization. He is the only foreign journalist and the only Eastern European in Luanda in the summer of 1975 when civil war breaks out on the eve of country’s independence. Cuba, South Africa, the USA and Russia support different sides. Chaos and confusion ensue. Portuguese nationals are hurriedly fleeing the more glamorous districts of the city. Terrified by the possibility of a full-on attack on the capital, they’re busy packing their belongings. Shops are closing down, law enforcement is gradually disappearing from the streets, and garbage is slowly taking over the Angolan capital. Risking his life at the front line of the conflict, Kapuściński keeps sending daily cables to the Polish Press Agency to be the first in the world to cover this breaking war.
After it premiered out-of-competition at Cannes, "Another Day Of Life" has won, among others, Best Animation Award at the European Film Festival, Audience Award at Biografilm Festival and was successfully screened at many festivals worldwide.
"Visually, the film is rarely less than spectacular, using 3D CGI techniques to create multi-layered, persuasively fluid and crisply detailed motion capture-based imagery: Whether it’s taking in sweeping aerial shots or the flies buzzing around a dead body in the road, it’s redolent of Waltz With Bashir in its combination of the comic illustration aesthetic with a heightened attention to realism." — Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter
"Another Day Of Life" is a very personal book. Not about war, not about the fighting sides, but about being lost, about the unknown, about the uncertainty of what will happen to you. There were situations when a man actually knew he is not going to make it. And every day you said with relief: - Oh, I have another day of life behind me, another is waiting for me. But no more. — Ryszard Kapuscinski
Poland's most renowned foreign correspondent was an eyewitness to revolutions and civil wars in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As the Polish Press Agency’s sole foreign correspondent for Third World countries, he covered 27 revolutions and coups. His first hand experiences from the front lines and observations on everyday life in war torn developing countries made him one of the foremost writers on crises in the modern world. His books were translated into 30 languages. He won literary prizes in Germany, France, Canada, Italy, the US, and was titled journalist of the century in Poland. His texts have been published in "The New York Times", "Time" magazine and "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", among many others. He was considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Polish animator, a graduate of the National Film School in Łódź, Poland. He entered the international animation scene with short films "The Aim" (2005) and "The Great Escape" (2006). He is best known for his short "Paths of Hate" (2010), which screened at over 90 film festivals and won 25 awards and honors, and "City of Ruins" (2010). Nenow's works show exceptional talent for capturing the sense of movement and his passion for creating grounded, often history-based stories, offering a unique look that enables rediscovery of subjects in a completely new way.
RAÚL DE LA FUENTE
Spanish documentarian whose films include the Oscar-nominated short "Minerita" (2013) and the feature "Nömadak TX" (2006). Together with Damian Nenow he codirected "Another Day of Life" - the hybrid of animation and documentary, which premiered at Festival De Cannes, where it aroused the applause of film critics and the viewers.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: Best European Animated Feature Film, 31st European Film Awards I 2018
WINNER: Best Animated Film, 33rd Goya Awards I 2019
WINNER: Audience Award, 2nd El Gouna Film Festival I 2018
WINNER: Audience Award - International Competition, Biografilm Festival I 2018
WINNER: Jury Special Mention, Biografilm Festival I 2018
WINNER: City of Donostia Audience Award, 66th San Sebastián International Film Festival I 2018
NOMINATED: Golden Eye, The Documentary Prize, 71st Cannes Film Festival I 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 71. Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection Out of Competition
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 34. Haifa Film Festival - Official Selection
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Annecy International Film Festival 2018 - Official Selection