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Another Side of the City

Director: Krzysztof KOWNAS & Grzegorz CZERNIAK
45 min. 2010 DVD, Colour,
with dialogue, Polish, English subtitled
Distributor: Ax Film - Krzysztof Kownas
Producer: Ax Film
Screenplay: Krzysztof Kownas
Cinematographer: Grzegorz Czerniak
Music: Tomasz Glazik
Editor: Rafał Bryll

Poland has always been a multicultural country. Different nations – their cultures, religions and languages, built a colourful reality here. World War II and the communist system destroyed this world considerably. Since 1989, we have been slowly coming back to those interesting dimensions and colours created by other nations in our country. We want to present them in a selected area enclosed by a few streets of Warsaw’s Praga. Thanks to the people who live here, one can get to know the tolerant and open Europe. A small community created by people from different countries was born here. Throughout the years, its members became local patriots, attached to their neighbourhood and its atmosphere. It is a story about a micro-world in Poland, where all cultures and religions coexist, building a better world. Our dream is for it to be possible everywhere, if it is possible here. Hence the film.

Before the war, Warsaw’s Praga was inhabited mainly by Poles of Jewish nationality. All that is left now are old tenements, which have not been renovated for a long time. Unfortunately, those people will never come back here. Thus, we will present Praga as it is seen by one of the last Jews who live here – Jacek Andrzejewski. We will tell his difficult story, which was true for many other Poles of Jewish nationality. The fragment dealing with his mother Krystyna Żywulska (it is her last pen name) is heartbreaking. She survived Auschwitz, wrote many books. After the war, she wrote texts for the most outstanding artists of the Polish scene. Unfortunately, in 1968 another tragedy happened in her life…

We will also present Jacek Andrzejewski as an artist, with “Kamienikon,” the project of his life, as well as his latest work entitled “Trzecia godzina gratis” (“The third hour free”). Everybody in Praga knows Andrzejewski – visitors, local robbers and saleswomen. Along with him, we will meet lunatic artists and ordinary people. We will depict Praga’s most important places and their colourful life. Some of them would blend with Berlin perfectly, some look as if they were taken out of Paris, others bring the pre-war Vilnius or Lviv to mind. Our walks around Praga will lead to important meetings and conversation, which could hardly take place anywhere else. Many of the people we will meet could become main characters of separate films. However, we prefer to focus on depicting various dimensions of the place as a whole. That is why we will walk fast, paying attention to the high dynamism of the action. Sometimes, when the mood becomes reflective, we will listen to some music, and the lyrics will be the only words.

Our archives, collected for years, will play an important role in the film. They will create the whole story with no need for verbal description. It will be told by its characters. Any additional commentary becomes unnecessary

Major screenings, presentations:
I VE SEEN FILMS - INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Milan, September 30 - October 9, 2010
Krzysztof KOWNAS & Grzegorz CZERNIAK

1988 - 1991, France, Vanves, near Paris. Help "Contact TV", a company dealing with film and TV production (President: Miroslaw Chojecki). The organization of production and cooperation in the implementation of numerous reports and documentaries (including collaboration with Peter Weychert, Witold Zadrowski, Christopher Talczewski, Jarek Sypniewski and Andrzej Wolski).

1989 - 1990 blocks of thematic organization of the production for the Polish Television - Program 2, produced in France, by Kontakt TV (television programs and documentaries).

1989 - 1991, Paris. Cooperation with TVP correspondent in Paris: Christopher Turowski and Grzegorz Dobiecki.

1989 - 1993, Paris. Cooperation in the implementation of reports and documentaries produced by independent producers for French TV station. Among other things, a documentary series about famous but-forgotten directors of France 2: ia by Mauro Bolognini (Italy).

1992 - 1995 - Along with Miroslaw Chojecki and Peter Weychert founder of the Film Kontakt Group "(now" Media Kontakt ") in Warsaw. Board member responsible for production and implementation. Co-owner of the company. Arise, inter alia, the documentary series, "Stories of History," "Impressions of the eighties" (for TVP2). And numerous single, large productions documentaries films

1995 - founder of production company Ax Film. President of the company Ax Film until today. Dozens of implementation as a producer, screenwriter and director. Within 15 years Ax film produced hundreds of films and programs for different audiences - including the first Polish Television (TVP SA).

In 2010, two projects for Polish television, and an independent production of "Another Side Of The City"


1995 - 1997 documentary series (6 parts) - director (with Jack Mierosławski & Ludwik Stomma)

1996: - "The World According to Adam P." screenplay & director (with Krzysztof Bukowski)
"Olympiady Kusego - director (with Janusz Cisek).

1998: - "Metamorphoses without end," - screenplay, director.
"The Librarian from Krzemieniec" - screenplay, director;
"Official generations," - screenplay, director;
"Far Harbour” - screenwriter and director.
"Who's Who in Poland," a documentary series - screenplay, director;
"Soldier General Maczek" - screenplay, director;

1998 - 1999: - "Polish Cuisine" (a series of 20 episodes) - screenplay, realisation;
“Impressions of Belarus" - screenplay, director;

1999 - 2000: - "Warehouse of the Polonia Bielarus" (19 episodes) screenplay, realisation;
"Polish-American News" for TVP SA - screenplay, realisation.
"Forgotten Country" - screenplay, director;

2001 - 2002: - "Polish Cookbook" (tv series, 40 episodes) - screenplay, realisation;
"Memory Guard" (record details Claude Lanzmann in Poland) - director;
"History without end," - screenplay, director;
"I am a Woman," written and directed (with Patrycja Barszewska)

2004: - "From the archives Brok lieutenant" - screenplay, director;
"The Last Battle" - screenplay, director;
Reportages from Lithuania (3 * 26 minutes) -screenplay, realisation;
"Despite all this- screenplay, realisation;

2005: - "Bums in Vilnius” – screenplay, realisation.
"Top of the crosses”, screenplay, realization.
"My Worlds" - screenplay, director;
"Beyond Borders" - screenplay, director;

2006: - "Belarus in Warsaw” - screenplay, director;
"Hungarian hyphen" - script (with Robert Myc) and direction;
"The Polish graves" - screenplay and realization;
“Astrophysics without borders " - writer and director,
"Traces of the Editor" - writer and director;
"Building Together" - screenplay and realization;

2007: - "Place" - screenplay and director;
"Another Pinsk - screenplay and realization;
"On the edge of Europe" - screenplay and realization;

2008: - "Here and there in Europe," - writer and director;
"I'm from Irkutsk" - documentary for TVP SA, writer and director;
"By the Angara" - documentary for TVP SA, writer and director;

2009: - "I'm from France, writer and director;
"I'm from Montreuil" - writer and director;
"I am from Berlin" - writer and director

2010: - "Miasteczko" - writer and director.
"Another Side of the City" writer and director (with Grzegorz Czerniak)

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