Notes on Life. A Movie about Edward Żebrowski (addition: Szansa)


Notatki z życia. Edward Żebrowski
reż|dir Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz | PL | 2017 | 75 min
prod|pro Włodzimierz Niderhaus scen|wr Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz zdj|ph Jacek Petrycki mon|ed Grażyna Gradoń ob|cast Edward Żebrowski dys|dis WFDiF


Edward Żebrowski, who died in 2014, was one of the most interesting Polish film directors. The phenomenon of his personality was shown through the prism of his own notes, found after his death. The film presents Żebrowski's life and work, fascinating for his contemporaries, but also for next generations of students. They talk about the director, among them: Małgorzata Jaworska, Krzysztof Zanussi, Wojciech Marczewski, Agnieszka Holland, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Michał Komar, Michał Klinger and Herbert Distel.

After the projection of “Notes on Life”, we invite you to watch a short film “SZANSA” (dir. Edward Żebrowski, 1970, TVP). This is a topic which is constantly current and which, despite the passage of the years, still gives rise to controversy. Although medical developments, ethical concerns about transplant issues persist in public discourse and private conversations. Zbyszek, the protagonist of this short, black-and-white film, visits a sick colleague in hospital. He learns that the only rescue for a terminally ill patient lying in the room is a kidney transplantation. Zbyszek decides to donate his organ and reports himself as a donor.

2018 Cracow CFF Polish Competition – Best Edition Award (Grażyna Gradoń)

Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz (1954), visual artist and film director. She studied painting (Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw), scenery design in Warsaw and got a directing degree (University of Silesia in Katowice). She mainly deals with documentary films, though her credits also include television theatre productions and one feature film. The filmmaker adopts sociological perspective in examining reality, many of her films have lacked individual heroes.

2017 Notatki z życia. Edward Żebrowski|Notes on Life. A Movie about Edward Żebrowski.
2002 Pokolenie 89|Generation 89
2002 Dzieci rewolucji|Children of the Revolution
2002 Miłość do płyty winylowej|A Love for Vinyls.
2001 Noc z generałem|A Night with the General 2
2001 Ja, robotnik budowlany|I, the Construction Worker
1998 Życie ci wszystko wybaczy|Life Forgives Everything
1997 Bara Bara
1996 Zamień mnie w długiego węża|Turn me into a Long Snake
1990 Nie wierzę politykom|I don't Believe Politicians
1989 Major, albo rewolucja krasnoludków|The Major, or the Revolt of the Dwarves
1986 Jestem mężczyzną|I am a Man
1982 Każdy wie kto za kim stoi|Everyone Knows who's Behind who

EDWARD ŻEBROWSKI (1935-2014) – director and writer. Graduate of the Directing Department at the Łódź Film School. His student film “School of Love” won an award at the Student Film Festival in Warsaw. Initially, he was making television films (“The Chance”, “November Day”). He also collaborated with Krzysztof Zanussi as co-writer of many of his films, including “The Structure of Crystal” and “Behind the Wall”. His feature debut was the “Salvation” based on his own screenplay and awarded at the festival in Valladolid and Chicago. He adapted “Transfiguration Hospital” by Stanisław Lem – which won awards at the festival in Locarno and Varna, and the Silver Lions at the Polish Film Festival in Gdańsk. Żebrowskis’ films has unique unhurried, economical, almost ascetic style. He taught directing at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia, the Danish Film School, in Berlin, Bern, and at the Andrzej Wajda School.

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow