The Whale From Lorino

Poland / 2019 / documentary / 59' / Documentary Film Competition / National Competition

The tradition of whale hunting still remains alive among the residents of the Siberian frontiers, where time seems to have stopped. They occupy a special place in local beliefs, although the Chukchi, the Eskimos or the Russians that live in Lorino nowadays treat these mammals on the verge of extinction as utility animals above all. The collective hunting ritual provides them with food and enables them to survive in difficult conditions. The film contemplates the daily life of the Chukchi Peninsula, which is part of nature, and reveals the most brutal aspects of the existence in this place forgotten by God and people.

directed by
Maciej CuskeQ&A guest

Director and screenwriter of documentaries. He graduated from the Wajda School. He is fascinated by ordinary life, where he looks for unusualness, humour and warmth. He is a co-creator of the Bydgoszcz Film Chronicle - a project addressed for young filmmakers, and also he runs a documentary film classes at the Warsaw Film School. An author of the following films "Station Warszawa" (2013), "Far from the City" (2011) "Andrzej Wajda: Let's take a picture! " (2009) "Decalogue III. Remember to celebrate the holy day" (2008) or "In heaven on earth" (2007).

Piotr Bernaś
Maciej Cuske
Michał Jacaszek
Marcin Lenarczyk, Jarosław Sadowski
Katarzyna Orzechowska
Mikołaj Pokromski, Aldona Pokromska (Pokromski Studio)
The Whale From Lorino