From the very start, it is evident that the authors of It Looks Pretty from a Distance, both feature-film debutants, have a huge background in the visual arts. Wilhelm Sasnal, known for his precise yet abstract paintings, and Anka Sasnal, his wife and collaborator, instantly catch us with the traps their protagonists set in the woods. What's inside the filmmakers' traps? Pure images, ideally paced and contemplative, that provide the real tension and suspense. No dialogue needed, not even a plot.
The story focuses on a small, incestuous Polish community during an exhaustingly hot summer. Everyone is either about to explode or come to a complete halt. Hidden aggression, hatred, discrimination, as well as fears, longings and emotional crises are constantly about to break through the surface.
Using a minimalistic, almost austere style, the Sasnals create an absolutely physical, not to say physiological, portrait of a micro society that turns into a viscious swamp, unresistingly absorbing any kind of violence. An example of purely contemporary cinema, at once tangible and elusive.

Original title
Z daleka widok jest piekny
Filmmaker
Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
Premiere
International première
Country
Poland, USA
Year
2011
Medium
35mm
Length
77’
Language
Polish
Producer
Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal, Anton Kern
Production Company
Anton Kern Gallery
Sales
Filmpolis
Writer
Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
Cinematography
Wilhelm Sasnal, Aleksander Trafas
Editor
Beata Walentowska
Production Design
Marek Zawierucha
Sound Design
Igor Klaczynski
Cast
Michal Pietrzak, Marcin Czarnik