The Welts, Transformations


Film Celebration Central-European Film Festival in Pécs Polish films: The Welts, Transformations

Friday 30 September, 10:15 pm — Sunday 2 October 2005, 1:00 am


Central-European Film Festiwal in Pécs

The film festival at Pécs aims at providing an opportunity for the young generation of Central-Europe to introduce themselves. This celebration intents to present the young and talented filmmakers who are likely to become the dominant characters of the profession in the future.

Twelve young directors from different countries (Austria, Chech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Ukraine, Romania and Hungary) were invited to the competition. Before the festival, their films were selected by the pre-selection jury.

Similarly to the previous year, a lot of supplementary, off programme films are included in the festival with the aim of attracting a larger audience and ultimately making the festival more colourful. These programmes are intented to entertain all ages, from the youngest to the oldest; they are to change the festival into a living, vibrating celebration, a celebration of film

Polish films in Pécs:

Pregi - The Welts
30 September 2005. (Friday) 20:15
Uránia cinema
Pécs, Hungária u. 19.

Przemiany - Transformations
1 October 2005. (Saturday) 18:30
Apolló cinema
7621 Pécs, Perczel u. 22.

The Welts (2004)
directed by Magdalena Piekorz

Polish official Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film

Prizes at the Polish Film Festival Gdynia 2004:
Golden Lions – Grand Prix and Audience Award
Prize for Best Costumes for Dorota Roqueplo
Best Cinematography for Marcin Kuczok
Best Sound for Michal Zarnecki

Cinematography MARCIN KOSZALKA

Wojtus is brought up by his single father for whom "bringing up" means mainly corporal punishment. The father favors this method as the only correct and effective. The boy meets various forms of institutionalize violence in school and in the church. Beaten up and humiliated, he eventually buds a wall around him withdrawing form any form of deeper relationship with other people. Eventually he escapes from home.

Wojciech at the age of 30, ambitious and self-reliant, seemingly has found his place in life. He lives off occasional journalism, practises caving. His life is precisely organized, but lonely. In the mountains he meets Tania, who clearly wants to turn this relationship into a love affair. Wojciech feels emotional emptiness, does not plan his future, and does not want to be with a woman. Responsibility drowns him in panic. He is haunted by his childhood memories, “Etched in his soul”, permanent. He fears he might turn into a monster for his child just like his father was a monster for him. His father’s death turns out to be a real breakthrough…

Feature film directed by Lukasz Barczyk, 2003

A lakeside house inhabited by a family with three daughters. Adrian Snaut, fiancé to one of the daughters, Wanda, arrives with the intention of asking for her hand in marriage. Wanda's mother, knowledgeable of her potential son-in-law's past (Snaut has just lost his job, in addition to which he is a divorcée, has descended into clinical depression and is addicted to psychotropic drugs), is wary of her daughter's future. She asks Adrian to stay on for a few days so that she can get to know him better. Snaut decides to accept this challenge in spite of Wanda's opposition. He meets each of the other inhabitants of the house in turn: Wanda's younger sister Marta with her husband Tadeusz, and her eldest sister Basia, a single mother raising a daughter. Basia is heavily ill and, owing to past disappointments, hostile towards men. She has yet to tell anyone who the father of her child is. Snaut quickly senses that a strange tension exists between the inhabitants of the house. He attempts, through painfully frank discussions, to alleviate this loaded atmosphere, but ends up destroying the existing, seemingly stable family situation.

When Adrian Snaut leaves the home on the lake, nothing there will ever be the same again. And Adrian, too, will be in love with a different woman than the one he was in love with when he first arrived.
"In 'Transformations' Barczyk (...) is hypnotized by the frail foundations upon which we build our interpersonal existence. 'I love you,' says a man to a woman, and it is evident that he knows what he is saying. 'I want you,' he says to another and his certainty is even more convincing. Is he crazy or a liar? No, he is an ordinary man like us, who is convinced of something every day, though in fact he knows nothing." (Mateusz Werner, "Film" monthly)
"Snaut's boldness in the film has something in common with the boldness of the director himself, who initially draws us into a dark, fatalistic, 'Scandinavian' family drama, and in the third act abandons his tragic tone along with the entire toxic family. Simultaneously, he provides viewers with a lesson on how to escape suffering." (Tadeusz Sobolewski, "Gazeta Wyborcza" daily)
PRZEMIANY / TRANSFORMATIONS . Written and directed by: Lukasz Barczyk. Director of photography: Karina Kleszczewska. Production design: Magdalena Maciejewska. Music by: Ryszard Tymon Tymanski, Piotr Pawlak. Editing: Boguslawa Furga. Executive producer: The Chimney Pot. Featuring: Maja Ostaszewska (Marta Mycinska), Jacek Poniedzialek (Adrian Snaut, Wanda's Fiancé), Katarzyna Herman (Wanda, Marta's Sister), Aleksandra Konieczna (Basia Ostrowska, Marta's Sister), Maria (Majka) Maj (Mother of all three sisters), Wojciech Kalarus (Tadeusz Mycinski, Marta's husband), Magdalena Krawczyk (Alicja, Basia's Daughter). Production: The Chimney Pot, Syrena Entertainment Group, Studio Filmowe "Tor". 2003, color, time: 77 min.

2003, FESTIVAL OF POLISH FEATURE FILMS, Gdynia - Award of the Chairman of Polish State Television
2003, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Turin - Special Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Award and Cinemavenire Award for "a rigorous and fundamentally sound narration, outstanding direction of actors and for portraying the breaking shell of a family, which beyond a tenuous balance hides pathologies and unresolved traumas"