I’m writing to you, my love


Piszę do Ciebie kochanie
reż|dir Magdalena Szymków | PL | 2018 | 26 min
prod|pro Stanisław Zaborowski scen|wr Magdalena Szymków zdj|ph Zuzanna Kernbach muz|mus Marcin Rokita, Katarzyna Szymków mon|ed Iza Pająk


1968. The sunny seaside, girls in bikini, the pop-music festival, the self-immolation protest, and tanks on the streets of occupied Prague. Based on the communist secret services archives and informant reports, this found-footage documentary on the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Soviet allies tells the story of a woman getting married to a man who went to war instead of their honeymoon. It is a patchwork reconstruction of the absurdity of the totalitarian country whose citizens at once invade their neighbour, print leaflets to sabotage the invasion, and dance the twist all night long.

Magdalena Szymków is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and film archives researcher with a journalistic background, graduated from Wajda School in Warsaw. Since 2016 she is a PhD student of Film Directing at Lodz Film School. She is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents Doc Station 2015 and a co-founder of London based production company Vezfilm. Recently she received a year grant from Amsterdam Art Fund in Netherlands. Her previous film “My House Without Me”, a cinematic essay about displacement was nationally broadcasted, awarded and screened across the festivals all over the world. Currently is working on a found footage documentary “Reporter” and an international documentary co-production “Occupation’68”.

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Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow