Joanna & Our Curse (Nasza klątwa) - Polish documents in the Oscar race

JOANNA & OUR CURSE - Polish documents in the Oscar race
Friday, February 13, 2015, 6.30 p.m.

Pod Baranami Cinema invites all English-speaking viewers to the special screening of two outstanding Polish films nominated for this year's Oscars in the Best Documentary Short Subject category. Academy Award is the crowning achievement for both documentaries that have already won numerous prizes at festivals around the world.

The films will be screened with English subtitles.

18 zł
(regular) | 14 zł (discount)

dir. Aneta Kopacz, PL 2013, 40' (in Polish with English subtitles)  

Planete + Doc Film Festival, 2013: Special Mention
30th Warsaw Film Festival, 2014: Audience Award
Palm Springs Shortfest, 2014: Grand Jury Prix Award, Best Short Documentary
Los Angeles Movie Awards, 2014: Best Doc Feature

In the multitude of blogs on the Internet, one stands out and becomes the common topic of many conversations. The reason why so many people follow Joanna’s blog is because it teaches them how to be thoughtful and joyful. Diagnosed with untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. She writes down everything she might want him to learn from her when he grows up. With great visual poetry, the documentary portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of the family. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

dir. Tomasz Śliwiński, PL 2013, 27' (in Polish with English subtitles)

23rd Aspen Shorts Fest, 2014: Best Documentary Award
Indielisboa, Portugal, 2014: Audience Award
22nd Raindance Film Fesival / Monterrey International FF, 2014 / 12th Bogota International Short Film Festival, 2014 / Woodstock Film Festival, 2014: Best Short Documentary
9th Sapporo International Short Film Festival, 2014: Best Documentary

The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child - the Ondine’s Curse (also known as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome or CCHS). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator. The film shows the process of taming the fear by the parents and gradually adopting to the new situation.

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