The Old

Poland2023documentary73'Panorama polskiego dokumentu (2023)

A one-of-a-kind portrayal of the Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre in Kraków. The camera follows the halls inside the building and discovers the secrets hiding in its walls. It takes us to places behind the curtains, inaccessible for the audience on a regular day, and stumbles upon the people of the theatre, both real and legendary. It is also a film about the individuals who have stood behind the fame and reputation of this place since its foundation. Stories of success are intertwined with painful memories and anecdotes, which embellish the entire picture. The authors won an Oscar nomination for their short documentary ‘Our Curse’.

directed by
Tomasz Śliwiński, portret reżysera
Tomasz Śliwiński

Director and screenwriter. His short documentary film 'Our Curse' (2013) won numerous awards at film festivals around the world and was nominated for an Oscar in 2015. He graduated in film directing from the Warsaw Film School as well as from the Studio Prób Feature Programme at the Wajda School. Winner of the MInistry of Culture "Young Poland" Scholarship Programme (2015) and the Warsaw City Scholarship (2019). Member of the Guild of Polish Documentary Directors.

Magda Hueckel, portret reżysera
Magda Hueckel

Marek Gajczak
Magda Hueckel, Tomasz Śliwiński
animated by
Daria Godyń, Anna Skoczeń
Michał Korzeniowski, Agnieszka Obszańska
Aleksandra Idzikowska, Tomasz Śliwiński
Waldemar Raźniak (Narodowy Stary Teatr im. Heleny Modrzejewskiej w Krakowie)
Kadr z filmu The Old