The Forest

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Dumała’s feature debut. This story about the search for mutual understanding, overcoming of barriers, trust, feeling and the need of closeness impresses us with it contemplative narration, careful composition and the story development based on images above all. Words, which only complement the message conveyed by the photographs, are applied economically. A son (Mariusz Bonaszewski) is taking care of his sick father (Stanisław Brudny). The films shows daily care procedures, meals eaten with difficulty, snippets of conversations. In parallel sequences, there is a walk through the forest taken together by the men. The cinema of special sensitivity, both artistic and human.

directed by
Piotr Dumała

Piotr Dumała – animated and feature film director and graphic artist. He was born in 1956. His films, including A Gentle Creature (1985), Freedom of the Leg (1988), Franz Kafka (1991) and Crime and Punishment (2000) won over 70 awards at international festivals (among others, in Kraków, Zagreb, Annecy). In 2009 he made his feature debut The Forest. Dumała teaches at the Film School in Łódź, Konstfack College in Eksjo and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Adam Sikora, Jan Ptasiński
Piotr Dumała
animated by
Piotr Dumała
Stanisław Brudny, Mariusz Bonaszewski
Paweł Szymański
Jacek Hamela
Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk, Beata Liszewska
Krzysztof Kopczyński (Eureka Media)
Kadr z filmu The Forest