DOK Leipzig Film Festival



The first sentences are still spoken in Russian. Then the brothers Mieczysław and Alfons find their Polish tongue again. They are back in their native country of Masuria, 70 years after being sent to exile in Siberia. But apart from the language they might as well still be in Siberia or Kazakhstan. The stations of their lives have gradually lost their time and place over the years, as scenes from their own home movies, yellowed traces of memories, suggest.

Director and cinematographer Wojciech Staroń accompanies the brothers on the last stage of their shared life, doles out their minor verbal tiffs and searches for the intimate moments that show wordlessly that they always depended on each other. One brother paints, the other holds the ladder, though it may cost his last ounce of strength. Staroń’s camera unerringly captures the symbolic images that reflect the brothers’ lives together. Two tractors chasing each other on the horizon. Two jetties on a lake, one of them a little more decrepit than the other. Two trees on a snow covered field, the one farther out hardly visible. At the same time he manages to re-translate Alfons’s mystical nature paintings into the present day, in which the brothers face a very real farewell. A poetical look back at a shared life.

Lars Meyer

Golden Dove in the International Competition 2015 and Award winner of the Prize of the Ecomenical Jury 2015

Original Title: Bracia
Country: Poland
Year: 2015
Language: Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 68 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: Colour
Director: Wojciech Staroń
Producer: Małgorzata Staroń
Cinematographer: Wojciech Staroń
Editor: Zbigniew Osiński, Wojciech Staroń
Script: Wojciech Staroń

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