The halny wind is the most unpredictable element in the Polish mountains. It comes in cycles, in every spring and autumn. One never knows if or when it turns into a destructive gale. Halny particularly affects the inhabitants of Zakopane and its area, changing picturesque mountain trails into a set for an untamed performance of nature.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Running time: 75
  • Year: 2019
  • Color: kolorowy

Director: Michał Bielawski

Script: Michał Bielawski

DOP: Bartłomiej Solik

Music: Lukáš Kobela

Editing: Hubert Pusek p.s.m.

Production company: TELEMARK Sp. z o.o.


About the director:

Michał Bielawski

Michał Bielawski

Michał graduated from the Humanities Department at the University of Warsaw. For ten years, he worked as a journalist for radio and television. In 2013, he got the Polish Film Institute Award for the TV program “One scene”. In the same year, he debuted with the feature documentary „Mundial. The Highest Stakes”, in which he mixed the perspective of political prisoners of the communist regime with the story of the Polish national team tournament during 1982 World Cup in Spain. In next years he directed documentaries: “1989”, about the end of communism in Poland, “The Team” and several documentary series in collaboration with Canal+Discovery and Discovery channels. His last film, “The Wind. A Documentary Thriller”, co-produced by HBO, is a journey into the community of Polish highlanders who are affected by an extremely destructive wind. Recently he took part in screenwriting program “Less is More”, where he developed scenario of his first fiction feature film.

At festivals:

Visions du Réel 2019, Switzerland, 2019 (competition)

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

Message to Man IFF 2019, Russia, 2019 (competition)

DocsMx, Mexico, 2019 (Best Documentary in 'Human Latitudes' Category)

DOK Leipzig 2019, Germany, 2019 (MDR Film Prize)

Silver Eye Award, 2019 (Special Mention )

DOC NYC 2019, USA, 2019 (competition)

31st Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2020 (competition)

FIPADOC, France, 2020 (competition)

Slamdance, USA, 2020 (competition)

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, USA, 2020 (competition)

16th ZagrebDOX, Croatia, 2020 (competition)

Salem Film Fest 2020, USA, 2020 (The Best Editing Award)

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival , 2020 (competition)

22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece, 2020 (screening)

XXIII Cervino Cinemountain, Italy, 2020 (Best Foreign Feature Film)

Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020, USA, 2020 (competition)

68th Trento Film Festival, Italy, 2020 (The Italian Alpine Club Prize - Golden Gentian)

15th FilmPOLSKA Festival, Germany, 2020 (competition)

24th Baltic Sea Docs, Latvia, 2020 (screening)

13th San Francisco Documentary Festival, USA, 2020 (competition)

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, USA, 2020 (Audience Award)

17th Neisse Film Festival, Germany, 2020 (competition)

Nature Film Festival, Austria, 2020 (competition)

Victoria TX Indie Film Fest, USA, 2020 (The Best Documentary)

Dutch Mountain FF, The Netherlands, 2020 (competition)

Nordic Docs, Norway, 2020 (screening)

3rd Rain International Nature Film Festival, India, 2021 (competition)

7th Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival, Greece, 2021 (competition)

Melbourne Design Week, Australia, 2021 (screening)

6th Ulju Mountain Film Festival, South Korea, 2021 (screening)

5th Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, 2021, United Kingdom, 2021 (competition)

19th Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia, 2021 (competition)

Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote, Canary Islands, 2021 (screening)