What do you mean, “screening at the Tatry cinema”? Screenings only take place when at least two visitors are present, and if these come, they will get a good tongue-lashing first, there’s always time for that. What else can you do as the operator of the perhaps last suburban cinema to keep your spirits up, when the house is about to collapse, the neon sign just about clings to the lopsided roof, the rusty cans of long-forgotten films pile up behind the curtain, when you tell callers the whole film on the phone just to see them stay away after all and when you can only keep afloat by taking jobs as a cleaner?
This loving and laconic portrait of a lonely eccentric with a passion no one wants to share spares us the oft repeated “love letters to the cinema”. In the world of the Tatry, shiny eyes have long disappeared, but you grumpily get through somehow, and that’s not to be sneezed at.
DigiBeta | doc | Farbe/ colour
Kraków Film Foundation
ul. Basztowa 15/8a
Tel: +48.12.294 69 45
Igor Chojna - born 1978 in Warszawa, Poland. He holds a degree in history and political sciences from the University Toronto and afterwards graduated in film directing from the film school „PWSFTviT“ in Łódż.
TYLU NAS BYŁO (2006, short, doc)
I TAK MA BYĆ (2006)
OD ŚWITU DO NOCY (2007, doc)
PRZEZ SZYBĘ (2009, short)