„Jak daleko stąd, jak blisko” [How far it is from here, how close] (Tadeusz Konwicki, 1971)

After the screening, a discussion with Dr. Przemyslaw Kaniecki (UW) is planned. Moderator: Dr. Bartosz Kwiecinski (CBH UJ)

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 „(...) Tadeusz Konwicki in Jak daleko stad, jak blisko (1971, premiere 1972) presented an original, having no equivalent in the world cinema proposition of an autobiographical essay in which the author speaks freely in the first person, using all narrative means of modern filmmaking. The film lacks action in the traditional sense and the time lapse. (...) A unique dramatic model for the film is a ritual of Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, immediately following the Eve of the Day of Atonement, which the image shown in the film refers to: a Jew flying in space, „struggling between heaven and hell” — the earliest image that the main character rememberes, because it derives from the fantasies of children’s games. On the Day of Atonement man gets a chance to erase his sins: every Jew tries to get forgiveness from his fellow men, honor the memory of his deceased parents. (...) The protagonist of Jak daleko stad, jak blisko (...) wishes to reach out even to those who he may not feel guilty towards, or at most feels complicit in sin of omission or non-preclusion, as it happens with relationship with his classmate Szloma, who he wants to save from the impending Holocaust.”

Tadeusz Lubelski, Historia kina polskiego. Twórcy, filmy, konteksty [History of Polish cinema. Makers, films, contexts], Katowice, 2009, pp. 333–334 

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