A poetic and visual portrait of the old Polish woman Jadwiga Kubis Waslicka. Her life coincided with the 20th century. The great movements of history, such as communism, capitalism and fascism, meant she had to roam Europe from Poland via Germany and the United Kingdom to Holland. Now she’s back in her homeland, in Warsaw. She is old. Her body is decaying and she’s basically waiting until the angels come to fetch her.
The filmmaker is aware of Jadwiga's old age and approaching demise, but he also sees much beauty in her appearance. He juxtaposes her wrinkled face with the guilty Polish landscape. At the most intimate of moments, he does not look away and continues to seek beauty in fragility. The woman no longer leaves her house, but the filmmaker does. He brings images and sounds back that tell us things about her life, but without words. Images that mix the suffering from the past with the suffering now.

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Filmmaker
Peter van Houten
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2012
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Length
86’
Language
English, Polish
Producer
Peter van Houten
Production Company
Anna-Zharkov-Film
Sales
Anna-Zharkov-Film
Writer
Peter van Houten
Cinematography
Peter van Houten
Editor
Peter van Houten
Production Design
Peter van Houten
Sound Design
Paul Gerrits, Rut Uijtendaal
Music
Z. Preisner
Website
http://www.annazharkovfilm.com