Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
March 24–29, 2020, Graz

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Richtung Nowa Huta
Documentary Film, AT 2012, Farbe+SW, 78 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2012

Director, Script: Dariusz Kowalski
Camera: Martin Putz
Editor: Dieter Pichler
Location Sound: Mariusz Wawrzeń
Sounddesign: Gailute Miksyte
Producers: Manfred Neuwirth
Production: Medienwerkstatt Wien

 

On the outskirts of Krakow lies the socialist model state, Nowa Huta, whose steel mills experienced their last golden age just before the fall of Communism. Kowalski seeks to capture the transformation of the city, avoiding a mere reconstruction of the past. The stories are framed in the here and now – in poised observations and commentaries. “They sit amongst the rubble and kiss each other,” is one quote from a wedding photo shoot set in a derelict factory. Destination Nowa Huta: one portrait, one city.