Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is held every February in Missoula, Montana and presents the most interesting documentary films from around the globe. The festival was established in 2003 and has attracted fans of excellent cinema from the very beginning.
This year, the latest film by Paweł Łoziński has been invited to one of the competitions. This will be the US premiere of The Balcony Movie. The document deals with a number of important issues. Can anyone be a film protagonist? Can you fit the entire world in a single frame? Director Paweł Łoziński watches people from his balcony. They walk by smiling, sad, thoughtful, staring at their phones, both young and old. Residents of the neighbourhood, or casual visitors, ordinary passers-by. The author approaches them, asks questions, talks about their life and how they’re doing. Standing there with his camera for over 2 years, he created a place for dialogue, a secular confessional where everyone can stop and tell others about themselves. Every person carries their own riddles and secrets. They can’t be easily labelled, and life can’t be imagined. The Balcony Movie is a radical return to the early days of cinema, when it was people who approached the camera. Perhaps one just needs to stop and stay a while to see more?
This year’s edition will take place on 18–27 February.
You can find out more about the festival on its official website.