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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

Birth Certificate


A Wehrmacht soldier hands a Polish boy a Lindt chocolate. Then, he gets back on the motorcycle and rides off into the distance. With this sequence, Stanisław Różewicz begins his film, written together with his brother Tadeusz. It is clear that there will be no simple diagnoses or convenient distinctions between good and evil – rather, WWII will be portrayed in shades of moral greys and shown through the prism of everyday life of children for whom the titular “birth certificate” is a curse or a luxury good. The film takes a different approach to Jerzy Kosiński’s The Painted Bird, relying on understatement and the power of poetic metaphor. The desolate landscapes of the Polish countryside and cities destroyed by air strikes act as a bleak but evocative backdrop for reflections on the cruelty of the adult world and the horror of war, which – to paraphrase the title of the reportage by the Belarusian Nobel Prize winner – is definitely unchildlike.

Joanna Najbor

partner of the screening

partner of the screening

media partner

DATE

April 8, 2024

TIME

4:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic B

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 14, 2024

TIME

1:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic D

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

Birth Certificate

ORIGINAL TITLE

Świadectwo urodzenia

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

101 min

YEAR

1961

COUNTRY

SALES

WFDiF

TRIGGER WARNING

???

PRODUCER

Konstanty Lewkowicz

PRODUCTION

Zespół Filmowy Rytm

CAST

Henryk Hryniewicz, Beata Barszczewska, Andrzej Banaszewski, Edward Mincer, Wojciech Siemion

SCREENPLAY

Stanisław Różewicz, Tadeusz Różewicz

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Stanisław Loth (black&white)

EDITING

Czesław Raniszewski, Anna Rubińska

SCORE

Lucjan Kaszycki

ART DIRECTION

Tadeusz Wybult

DECADE

AWARDS

Lion of St. Mark (Venice International Film Festival for Children and Youth), Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Prize (Cannes International Film Festival for Youth)

EDITION