DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Intensity of Watching

Intensity of Watching

Reality can only be represented in fragments, but fragments can reveal its essence. Everything depends on the intensity of the look, says the father of the Polish school of documentary film, Kazimierz Karabasz. One of his many students, Andrzej Sapija, takes what may be the last opportunity to film the man himself, 86 years old today; to unfurl his life and work – inseparable from each other – in fragments.

Karabasz the man does not look like a living legend; he’s still going to school. Quite recently he eagerly tested his new digital camera and pointed it at key companions like Jan Łomnicki. These images are also incorporated in Sapija’s film which may with some justification be called a mediated master class. Excerpts from Karabasz’s major works provide a chronological guideline through the history of film. Karabasz is the pioneer of a creative school of thought which liberated documentary film from the shadow of the weekly newsreel and from pre-cut ideological statements. The collective is replaced by the individual, the event by everyday life. Reality meets its poetic elevation. Today, Karabasz’s point of view is more important than ever. Because it’s careful observation above all that helps us against the unfiltered images from all over the world.

Lars Meyer

Original Title: Intensywność patrzenia
Country: Poland
Year: 2016
Language: Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 67 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Andrzej Sapija
Producer: Andrzej Sapija
Cinematographer: Andrzej Sapija
Editor: Andrzej Sapija
Music: Andrzej Dudek-Dürer

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.