How to Swim and Not to Drown

Poland / 2019 / documentary / 22' / Polish Documentary Panorama

An atypical portrait of a veteran of the competition in "floating on whatever you can find". Every year Arnold constructs hideous unidentified floating objects. His work is accompanied by constant chaos and the family life follows the rhythm dictated by the anticipation of the coming event. Arnold is the brain of operations, but his wife and adult daughters help him in the work. An impressive vessel sporting the head of a monumental gorilla will soon float down the Netta River in Augustów, but this might be the constructor’s last cruise in the competition due to his poor health.

directed by
Anna Pawluczuk

cinematography
Piotr Żurawski, Anna Pawluczuk
script
Anna Pawluczuk
sound
Bogdan Klat
editing
Natalia Jacheć
production
Agata Golańska (Polish National Film School in Łódź)
Photo
How to Swim and Not to Drown