Poland / Germany 2017, 79 min, English, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
Polish filmmaker Michał Waszyński was a very mysterious man. Known in Italy as the ‘Polish Prince’, he mingled with movie stars, fat cats and aristocrats, but never spoke about his past. The film exposes his real, incredible life story through fascinating interviews with people convinced they were his closest friends, and relatives who had never known of his existence. Excerpts from his Hollywood films (El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire) and Polish propaganda films from World War I lead to a twisted maze of secret identities, masks within masks. In his diary, he wrote “I’ve decided to leave my memories behind. It’s best that I don’t know who I am”. So who was the man behind the impressive Yiddish film The Dybbuk?
Previous Festivals: Venice Film Festival, IDFA, Hot Docs
Production: Małgorzata Zacharko, Matthias Miegel, Ann Carolin Renninger
Production Company: Film Art Production, Kundschafter Filmproduktion, Zero One Film
Script: Elwira Niewiera & Piotr Rosołowski
Editing: Andrzej Dąbrowski
Cinematography: Piotr Rosolowski
Soundtrack: Marcin Lenarczyk, Franciszek Kozłowski
Elwira Niewiera lives and works in Berlin. Her last feature documentary "Domino Effect" was shown worldwide at more than 50 festivals and won many awards, among them "Golden Dove" award at the International Film Festival DOK Leipzig 2014. She is also a member of the Polish Film Institute.