Forest

dir. Lidia Duda / 2024 / Poland, Czech Republic / 84min.
LOWER SILESIA GRAND PRIX (Wrocław); BEST POLISH FILM AWARD; AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL POLAND AWARD; SMAKJAM AWARD FOR THE BEST PRODUCTION IN A POLISH FILM; ALL ABOUT FREEDOM AWARD
Asia and Marek created their own paradise in the forest, a place where their children were going to grow up safely. Yet, one day, big politics came knocking on their door.

Fresh university graduates, Asia and Marek bought an old house near the eastern border of Poland, in the Białowieża Forest, the oldest forest in Europe. This is their own paradise – a place where their children can grow up safely, away from the problems of today’s world. For Marysia, Ignacy and Franek the forest is their second home, tamed and trusted. Yet one day, their forest changes as Strangers and Others show up. Refugees, unwelcome neither in Poland, nor in Belarus. The whole family helps refugees, even though it’s against Polish law. But how can you not help another person in need? The children’s world changes radically. They no longer play a knight and a princess, but a refugee and Border Guards. Big politics came knocking on their door and nothing was the same anymore.

duration:
84 min
country / year of production:
Poland, Czech Republic / 2024
director:
Lidia Duda
cinematography:
Zuzanna Zachara-Hassairi
selected festivals and awards:
2023 – MDAG Industry, Warsaw: The CANAL+ Poland Award for the best presentation, 2024 – Thessaloniki IFF: The Silver Alexander Award in the International Competition
sections:
We Can Be Heroes Awarded at 21st MDAG Favorite movies of the online audience - TOP 15
competitions:
Millennium Bank Award – Grand Prix Best Polish Film Award
tags:
Polish films relations activism awarded nature family

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