A beautifully illustrated story of a contemporary village and its unconventional dwellers who are of different age, but have one thing in common – their strong attachment to folk culture. ‘The Soil’ is a picturesque documentary, attuned to the rhythm of nature and regularly-changing landscapes. Its authors can notice the beauty of inapparent aspects of rural life and do not shy away from powerful juxtapositions in editing. In this film, music is as important as images, since it accompanies the protagonists during key events in their lives and helps them to come to terms with their emotions.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 71'
  • Year: 2021
  • Color: kolorowy

Director: Zuzanna Solakiewicz

Script: Zuzanna Solakiewicz, Zvika Gregory Portnoy

DOP: Zvika Gregory Portnoy

Editing: Zuzanna Solakiewicz

Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk

Production company: KIJORA / Anna Gawlita


About the director:

Zuzanna Solakiewicz

Zuzanna Solakiewicz

Writer and director. She graduated in Humanities, University of Warsaw. Between 2005 and 2009 lived in Israel and studied film directing at the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School in Jerusalem. Completed an internship at the Lodz Film School

Her feature-length creative documentary “15 corners of the world” won Festival del film Locarno 2014 – Critic’s Week Award, Best Documentary Award at Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, and many others.

At festivals:

61st Krakow Film Festival, 2021, Poland, 2021 (competition)

Budapest RITMO 2022, Hungary, 2022 (screening)

24 FICMEC - Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain, 2022 (screening)

17th DocsMX International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, Mexico, 2022 (competition)

WOMEX 2022 Film Programme, Portugal, 2022 (screening)

ETNOFILM International Biennial Film Festival of Documentary Ethnological Film, Slovakia, 2022 (Marian Veselsky Award for the Film Soundrack)

18th RAI Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2023 (competition)