The film “The Internal Ear” poses questions related to the nature of improvisation. The protagonist of the film is Mikolaj Trzaska – saxophonist, bass clarinet player, harmonica player and composer. His artistic biography, an independent path he has been pursuing in an uncompromising way, is both the starting point of the film and the storyline bonding together multilevel narrative of the documentary. Trzaska is undoubtedly one of the greatest personas of the Polish jazz music scene. Trzaska’s artistic work is a universal theme since it is characterised by a specific to artistic disposition anxiety and ambivalence: relentless search for a self-aware language and losing yourself as the necessary means of immersing yourself in the music element.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 75
  • Year: 2016
  • Color: kolorowy

Director: Magdalena Gubała, Szymon Uliasz

Script: Magdalena Gubała, Szymon Uliasz

DOP: Piotr Michalski, Krzysztof Bartuzin

Music: Mikołaj Trzaska

Editing: Maciej Walentowski

Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk

Production company: Magic Production

About the directors:

Magdalena Gubała

Born in 1982. Graduate of the Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Scriptwriter, director, stage designer, co-author of poetic clips. She directed the film "Papercuts".

Szymon Uliasz

Szymon Uliasz

Born 1982 in Bytom. Graduate of the Anthropology and Literature Studies at Silesian University. He has been studying at Jagiellonian University. He has published essays about the last performance of Tadeusz Kantor and Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s novel. He directed "Papercuts" and "Something strange has happened here".

At festivals:

56th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2016 (competition)

MEDIAWAVE – “ANOTHER CONNECTION” International Film and Music Gathering, Hungary, 2017 (screening)

Doc'N'Ritam Festival, Serbia, 2017 (competition)

Golden Tree International Documentary FF, Germany/China, 2017 (competition)