Warsaw at 5 a.m. is still asleep. Artur, the modern Little Prince of the streets, welcomes another Polish winter morning alive. The modern alien, whom everyone calls an idiot, lives on the outskirts of reality. He wanders around the jungle city, struggling for his humanity, which every day is taken away from him. The world around is incapable of embracing his wisdom. And Artur deludes himself with the beauty of life, finding happiness all around him. Just like a little prince lost in the streets of Warsaw. Can his story have a happy ending?Portrait of a unique boy set against the back drop of the hostile city.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 60
  • Year: 2019
  • Color: colour

Director: Wiktoria Szymańska

Script: Wiktoria Szymańska

DOP: Magdalena Kowalczyk, Wiktoria Szymańska

Editing: Bigna Tomchin

Production company: Luna W., Małgorzata Kozioł

About the director:

Wiktoria Szymańska

Wiktoria Szymańska

Writer and film director with background as a painter and visual artist, was born in Poland, grew up in UK, studied in France, and now works between Germany, Poland, France, Mexico and Tanzania. Her film “Themerson and Themerson” (2011) has been celebrated around the world as one of the best documentary about art. Her “The man who made angels fly” (2013) won IDFA Industry Award and premiered at Karlove Vary and Hot Docs. Wiktoria also made shorts and video installations about dance and female bodies. In 2014 she made a series of visual poems for Channel4 “Women in the cities”. Wiktoria is a graduate of the Arts Plastique Sorbonne and Wajda School in Warsaw. She also took part in Eurodoc, Esodoc and Archidoc – La Femis. She was a a fellow of Nipkow program and British Arts Council Award and worked for many European Tvs. Her documentaries are coproduced by ARTE, Channel4, SVT, YLE, BBC, AVRO, TVP, NHK, supported by Arts Council, Creative Europe, PISF, CNC, and regional funds in France and Poland.

At festivals:

59th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2019 (competition)

International Documentary Film Festival Millenium, Belgium, 2020 (competition)