An Ordinary Country

Poland / 2020 / documentary / 53' / Documentary Film Competition / National Competition

Controlled conversations, recording with hidden cameras, dirty records of interrogations and recruitment attempts as well as video tutorials for the officers of the security service – all of these materials are employed to portray the monitored life in Poland under communism. Sometimes grotesque, this picture is underpinned by horror, escalating intuitively with every minute. The dramatic culmination is when the Big Brother is not just watching but violating the intimacy of an ordinary citizen. Before us, there is a terrifying communist panopticon which keeps spying on and recording itself.

Watch Docs Nomination. Human rights in films
directed by
Tomasz WolskiQ&A guest

Director, producer, screenwriter, cameraman and editor. Born in 1977. He is a graduate of Journalism at the Jagiellonian University and a documentary course at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. He has made several documentaries, including “The Clinic” (2006), “The Lucky Ones” (2009), “Doctors” (2011), “Palace” (2012) and “Not For Everyone” (2012). A laureate of numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the International Festival of TV Reportage Camera Obscura in Bydgoszcz for “Doctors”. His latest documentary film “Ordinary Country” (2020) received the Clinique de Genolier Jury award for the best innovative middle-length documentary film at Visions du Réel Documentary Film Festival, and together with short fiction film “Problem” will be screened in the competitive sections at the 60th Krakow Film Festival.

Tomasz Wolski
Marcin Lenarczyk
Tomasz Wolski
Anna Gawlita (Kijora Film)
An Ordinary Country