MIFF | 8° Film Festival Internazionale di Milano - Zero / Pawel Borowski / Aleksandra Poplawska, Andrzej Mastalerz, Cezary Kosinski, Janusz Chablor, Krzysztof Czeczot
Zero Aleksandra Poplawska, Andrzej Mastalerz, Cezary Kosinski, Janusz Chablor, Krzysztof Czeczot
The day rises in a huge, unspecified metropolis. A cell phone rings in a big, manager’s cabinet, on a high floor of an international corporation’s building. A businessman looks at the cell’s screen for a while, then he finally answers. It is a sloppy, fat guy calling, from a shaky van. He asks for the decision regarding flowing a certain person. After hesitating a while, the businessman confirms the job. He does not suspect, that his “yes” sets in motion a stream of incidents, which would affect the fate of several citizens. “Zero” is a multi-plot story about love and hatred, about violence and sex and surprising secrets which we learn within these strange twenty-four hours. The machine that has been set in motion, changes characters’ lives irreversible. Is it irreversible indeed ?
Miglior Film/Best Movie
Miglior Regia/Best Directing
Miglior Montaggio/Best Editing
DirectorPaweł Borowski was born in 1973 in Warsaw. He studied Painting and Film Animation at the Academy of Art in Warsaw and graduated with honours in 1997. “Yes you can” is the title of an individual exhibition he gave at the prestigious Center of Modern Art in Warsaw in 1999. The following year, in his home town again, he showed his second individual exhibition at Zacheta Gallery. 2001 is the year of his first short animation film “Love Gamestation” , which he both wrote and directed. The succeeding year he produced two important works followed: “World To Cancel”, a performance out on in Modern Center of Art in Warsaw and conceived after the 11th of September, and “Hot Love” a viral campaign made by using phones 0 – 700. The experiment consisted in leaving thousands of brochures on the car screens with an information about “true love via phone”. When someone dialed the number written on the leaflet, instead of call girls’ voices, he could hear a voice reading Saint Paul’s letter about love. In 2003 Pavel wrote, realized the pictures and directed “I love you” , a short film, while Zero his first feature film was shot in 2009. During these years, moreover, Pavel worked in advertising as a creative director and made over 30 tv commercials and promos. Finally he also writes for the biggest polish newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza” in a section called “Other site of screen”.
Director of PhotographyArkadiusz Tomiak One of the most talented and most interesting directors of photography of the young generation. Born in 1969 in Koszalin, in 1995 he completed his studies in the Cinematography Department on the PWSFTViT in Łódź. His career started on sets of Jan Jakub Kolski's films such as "Cudowne miejsce", "Grający z talerza" and "Szabla od Komendanta". His debut as an independent director of photography took place in Jan Hryniak's "Przystań". He was the author of photography in "Cisza" by Michał Rosa, "Zero" by Paweł Borowski and "Case Unknown" by Feliks Falk. Last months he spent working on foreign productions: with Marleen Gorris he shot "Within the Whirlwind" and with U-Wei Haji Saari "Hanyut, Almayers Folly" in Malaysia. In 2000 he was awarded as Best Cinematographer on XXV Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, for Jan Jakub Kolski's "Daleko od okna". He was one of the younger cinematographers ever to get this award. Once again he was awarded there in 2006 for Michał Kwieciński's "Statyści" and Konrad Niewolski's "Palimpsest" .
Director of EditingMagdalena Mikolajczyk She was born in Lodz, but has lived in Spain, Mexico and France for most of her life. She played the violin for twelve years before she became an editor . After working some years in Paris, she came back to Poland. On her way she learned five languages and how to sail. She gained her filmmaking qualifications at BTS in Bayonne (France), in the film school in Łódź (Poland), and went recently to the Editing Masterclass at the EFA (Berlin). During the last few years, Ms Mikolajczyk got three awards in the KTR Festival for editing commercials, and some nominations for editing documentary films in France and Sweden. She has edited a great number of commercials, many television series, a few soap operas, some television films and two cinema films. The most recent one was ZERO.