Agony

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Free admission, limited number of seats. There are no real musicians anymore today. What is left is a handful of buffs cultivating folk sounds. Adam Strug, a performer and promoter of traditional music, is our film guide to this world. Together with him, we explore different regions of Poland meeting the best singers and virtuosos of folk instruments, not all in an advanced age. They have resisted the cheesy folk mainstream and its commercialisation in the new era, and use music to convey their emotions and attachment to the roots.

directed by
Q&A guest, portret reżysera
Tomasz Knittel

Director of short films, PR spots, music videos and social campaigns. He is a fan of musical films and an author of documentaries devoted to the subject, including “From Podserednieje with Love” (2015), “Good Evening, Opole!” (2014) and “Polska – Path of Dance” (2016). He has developed “Elektro_sonda” (2016), a production escaping traditional genre divisions. His film “Universam Grochów” has been awarded at many festivals (58th Krakow Film Festival, Grand Prix of Kameralne Lato 2018). He is also an author of a documentary series about the role of tower block estates in Polish culture formation, “BLOK”.

cinematography
Nicolas Villegas
script
Adam Strug
editing
Jakub Pietrzak
production
Tomasz Rychter, Jerzy Jakutowicz (Telewizja Polska S.A.), Maria Siniarska, Łukasz Borzęcki (Unlimited Film Operations Sp. z o.o.)
Photo
Kadr z filmu Agony
Trailer