DOK Leipzig Film Festival

A Diary of a Journey

A Diary of a Journey

Tadeusz has devoted his life to photography, especially photo reportages. Now he has grown old and passes on his art to Michal, a highly motivated 15-year-old. They go on a trip together, travelling through Polish villages in their van with the built-in dark chamber, portraying the people they meet. Their black-and-white photos add up to a visual travel diary. Piotr Stasik has found his own poetic way of capturing the work of Tadeusz Rolke, who used to work for “Spiegel” and “Stern”: as a documentary road movie that also seems to be a trip through time. From the start this enterprise radiates an old-fashioned quality. And this is not just about the good old analogue image. When the developed photos are strung across the empty market square on a clothesline, they enable simple encounters that could never happen on Facebook. But it’s the encounter between old and young that’s at the centre here. The master and his pupil form an unconventional team whose roles are occasionally reversed. What Tadeusz missed in life, Michal still has a chance to catch up on. And so this film ultimately tells the story of a journey through life. No lack of big issues here, but the light touch with which they are compiled really makes the difference. While the magic of a summer is superimposed over everything.

Lars Meyer
Original Title: Dziennik z podróży
Country: Poland
Year: 2013
Language: Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 52 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: Colour
Director: Piotr Stasik
Producer: Anna Gawlita
Cinematographer: Piotr Stasik, Tomasz Wolski
Editor: Piotr Stasik, Tomasz Wolski
Music: Motion Trio

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