Shadows of the Empire

Poland | 2018 | documentary | 76 min. National competition

On the frontiers of the former Soviet Empire there are conflicts that the world public opinion forgot about a long time ago. People living there wish for one thing only: a peaceful life. It is a common denominator for Alexei, Timur and Alexander's stories, even though their homelands are miles away from one another. Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine and Georgia are consecutive arenas of Russia's aggressive politics. The state under Vladimir Putin's rule may no longer have the status of an empire, yet it continues its efforts to make its neighbours more dependent on Russia and maintain the former sphere of influence.

directed by

Karol Starnawski Festival guest

Born in Gdynia in 1990. He graduated from film directing at the Lodz Film School. Author of several short documentary and fiction films, including "Drogi Karolu ...", "Kawaler" and "Przedziały". His films were presented and awarded at numerous film festivals. He was the director's assistant in the highly-acclaimed film "The Last Family" by Jan P. Matuszyński. The film "Shadows of the Empire" is his feature-length documentary debut.

cinematography
Filip Drożdż
script
Tomasz Grzywaczewski, Dawid Wildstein
music
Michał Drabczyk
sound
Piotr Domaradzki, Grzegorz Różycki
editing
Paweł Kowalik
production
Filip Bajon, Dariusz Sidor (Studio Filmowe Kadr)
Film screenings:
Shadows of the Empire