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

Born in 1965 in Warsaw. Polish director, cameraman and producer of documentaries. Graduate of the Directing Department at the Film School in Łódź. Author of more than 20 award-winning documentaries. He makes distinct and emotionally charged films about people of whom he draws intimate portraits. Łoziński gained international recognition with his documentary debut „Birthplace” (1992). His next films „Sisters”, „Chemo”, „Father and Son”, „You Have No Idea How Much I Love You” and the latest „TheBalcony Movie” are considered innovative as they venture into new thematic areas and exploreuncharted 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 (Artistic Vision Award)

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 (We Are the World Award)

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 (Maysles Brother’s Award for Best Observational Documentary)

Open Air Cinema 2022, Germany, 2022 (screening)

The Bellwether Film Series, USA, 2022, 2022 (screening)

70th Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2022 (competition)

Lakeside Film Festival, Germany, 2022, 2022 (screening)

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

22. Filmový festival Litoměřice, Czech Republic, 2022 (screening)

Documentary Film and Human Rights education: One World Romania across the country, Romania, 2022 (screening)

Screening at Haus Drei, Germany, 2022 (screening)

The Magnificient 7 - European Feature Documentary Festival 2022, Serbia, 2022 (screening)

Jewish Film Days Frankfurt, Germany, 2022 (screening)

DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival 2022, Azerbaijan, 2022 (screening)

14th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, South Korea, 2022 (competition)

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

20th Tirana International Film Festival 2022, Albania, 2022 (competition)

Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo 2022, Mexico, 2022 (screening)

Urbanize! Festival 2022, Austria, 2022 (screening)

EUNIC Malta Film Festival 2022, 2022 (screening)

Screening at Kino Achteinhalb 2022, Germany, 2022 (screening)

15. Polish Film Festival „Vistula”, Bosnia & Hercegovina, 2022 (screening)

10th CiakPolska Film Festival 2022, Italy, 2022 (screening)

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2022 (competition)

East by Southeast Film Festival 2022, Danemark, 2022 (screening)

19th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Ukraine, 2022 (screening)

New East Cinema in Barbican London 2022, United Kingdom, 2022 (screening)

Bardzo fajny festival, 2022, Czech Republic, 2022 (screening)

10th FIDBA International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2022 (competition)

5th Al Este Film Festival, Colombia, 2022 (competition)

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

Frozen River Film Festival 2023, USA, 2023 (Special Jury Award)

25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, Greece, 2023 (screening)

21st European Film Festival in Vannes, France, 2023 (screening)

Screening at Stadkino Wien, Austria, 2023 (screening)

CMU International Film Festiva, USA, 2023 (screening)

Architecture+Design Film Festival Winnipeg 2023, USA, 2023 (screening)

Screening at Neues Kino, Basel 2023, Switzerland, 2023 (screening)

22nd San Francisco Documentary Festival 2023, USA, 2023 (competition)

Open Air Screening at Cinema Xenix, Zurich, Switzerland, 2023 (screening)

Eurocine Festival 2023, Ecuador, 2023 (screening)

8th Ulsan Ulju Mountain Film Festival, South Korea, 2023 (screening)

Screening at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, 2023, Tenerife, 2023 (screening)

6th West Lake International Documentary Festival, China, 2023 (competition)

20th Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival 2023, China, 2023 (competition)

Film Threat’s Award This! 2023, USA, 2023 (competition)

Screening at Good Shepherd Studios, Uinted Kingdom, 2024 (screening)

Screening at Good Shepherd Studios, Uinted Kingdom, 2024 (screening)