Can anyone be a movie hero? Can the world be locked in one film frame? Director Paweł Łoziński is watching people from his balcony as they are passing by: sad, thoughtful, glued to their phones, young and old. Neighbours, random visitors or simply passers-by. The filmmaker accosts them, asks questions, talks about how they deal with life. Standing there with his camera for over 2 years he has created a space for dialogue, a lay confessional of sorts, where everyone can stop by and tell their story. The protagonists carry secrets and mysteries, and are not easy to label. Every story is unique, and life always surpasses imagination. “The Balcony Movie” is a radical comeback to the beginnings of cinema, when man approached the camera. Maybe it’s enough to stop for a moment to get a deeper insight?

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 100
  • Year: 2021
  • Color: colour

Director: Paweł Łoziński

Script: Paweł Łoziński

DOP: Paweł Łoziński

Music: Jan Duszyński

Editing: Paweł Łoziński, Piasek&Wójcik

Sound: Paweł Łoziński, Franciszek Kozłowski

Production company: Łoziński Production, HBO MAX, Mazowiecki i Warszawski Fundusz Filmowy


About the director:

Paweł Łoziński

Paweł Łoziński

Polish director, cameraman and producer of documentaries born in 1965 in Warsaw.  Author of more than 20 award-winning documentaries. Graduate of the Directing Department at the Film School in Łódź. He worked as an assistant to Krzysztof Kieślowski on “Three Colors: White”. He makes distinct and emotionally charged films about people of whom he draws intimate portraits. His films such as debut “Birthplace”, “Sisters”, “Chemo”, “Father and Son” , “You Have No Idea How Much I Love You” and the latest “The Balcony Movie” are considered innovative as they venture into new thematic areas and explore uncharted spaces within the documentary film genre.
fot. Piotr Jaxa

At festivals:

74th Locarno Film Festival, 2021, Switzerland, 2021 (Grand Prix Semaine de la critique/Prix SRG SSR )

16th Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia, 2021 (competition)

14th CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival, Luxembourg, 2021 (screening)

25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2021 (screening)

64th International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig, 2021, Germany, 2021 (MDR Film Prize)

IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2021 (screening)

FIPADOC International Documentary Festival 2022, France, 2022 (Grand Prix)

33rd Trieste Film Festival, 2022, Italy, 2022 (Special Mention)

DOCPOINT Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 2022 (competition)

DOCPOINT Tallin Documentary Film Festival, Estonia, 2022 (competition)

10th Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Australia, 2022 (screening)

19th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA, 2022 (competition)

2nd International Documentary Film Festival ARTDOCFEST/RIGA, Latvia, 2022 (competition)

True/False Film Festival, USA, 2022 (competition)

Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, Spain, 2022 (competition)

11th First Look Festival 2022, USA, 2022 (screening)

CPH:DOX* | Copenhagen Int. Documentary Film Festival, 2022, Danmark, 2022 (screening)

27th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”, Lithuania, 2022 (screening)

Echoes of Ji.hlava Bucharest 2022, Romania, 2022 (screening)

It's All True - 27th International Documentary Film Festival, Brazil, 2022 (Best International Feature or Medium-Length Film)

ZagrebDox - International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia, 2022 (Special Mention)

goEast Film Festival 2022, Germany, 2022 (screening)

SÉANCE SPÉCIALE FIPADOC 2022, La Cinémathèque du documentaire of Centre Pompidou, France, 2022 (screening)

46th Atlanta Film Festival, USA, 2022 (competition)

19th Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz, Austria, 2022 (screening)

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2022, Canada, 2022 (screening)

21st DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Canada, 2022 (competition)

41st Jean Rouch International Film Festival, France, 2022 (competition)

Dokumentarfilmsalon auf St. Pauli, Germany, 2022 (screening)

17. Polnische Filmwoche Nürnberg, Germany, 2022 (screening)

15th One World Romania International Human Rights & Documentary Film Festival, Romania, 2022 (competition)

15. Polish Film Festival „Vistula”, Croatia, 2022 (screening)

15. Polish Film Festival „Vistula", Kyrgistan , 2022 (screening)

DocAviv The Tel Aviv Documentary Film Festival, Israel, 2022 (screening)

13th AlEste International Film Festival, Peru, 2022 (competition)

17th Doc Edge International Documentary FIlm Festival, New Zealand, 2022 (competition)

15. Polish Film Festival „Vistula”, Tajikistan, 2022 (screening)

21st Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania, 2022 (screening)

IceDocs Iceland Documentary Film Festival 2022, Iceland, 2022 (competition)

17. Festival filmPOLSKA, Germany, 2022 (screening)

4th Docs Ireland Festival of International Documentary Film, Ireland, 2022 (competition)