Section: Polskie Horyzonty

Silent Love

Silent Love

Marek Kozakiewicz
PL/DE, 2021, 80 Min

Who is allowed to start a family in rural Poland? This documentary film depicts Agnieszka's struggle for custody of her brother Milosz after their mother's death. In order to do so, Agnieszka has to reveal many details from her private life; she keeps her love for her partner Majka secret however.

Agnieszka works in Germany and lives together with her partner Majka. After the death of her mother, she heads back to her Polish ancestral village to fight for custody of her 14-year-old brother Milosz, who is now an orphan. Camera in hand, Marek Kozakiewicz follows the everyday existence of the sister/foster mother and brother/foster son and the latter’s struggle with grief and his pubescent teenage defiance. At the same time, Agnieszka is now in a long-distance relationship with Majka, about which the Polish authorities are not to find out. In fact, the three of them – Majka makes appearances both via mobile phone and in person – already form something of a patchwork family. And yet they are denied official clearance by the village community, a place where homosexuality is either kept secret or portrayed as reprehensible by locals teachers and priests in this softly-spoken documentary about the long road to tolerance and acceptance.

Obenkino, Weltspiegel Saal 2: original version with English subtitles.

Marek Kozakiewicz
Marek Kozakiewicz
Mateusz Adamczyk, Sebastian Witkowski
Anna Garnczarczyk, Agata Cierniak
Bartosz Bludau
Agnieszka, Majka, Milosz
Agniezska Skalska
Koi Studio
Alex Tondowski, Tondowski Films GbR

Marek Kozakiewicz - Born in 1986, film director and cinematographer; video and multimedia artist. He graduated from the National Film School in Łódź (PWSFTviT) at the Faculty of Cinematography. He also completed Film Studies at the University of Lodz. His full-length documentary directorial debut "Silent Love" (for which he was also the cinematographer) was officially selected for Visions Du Reel and Hotdocs 2022. The film is produced by KOI Studio in co-production with MDR and ARTE. The project was awarded at the DOC LAB POLAND and received the Accelerator Prize at DOK Leipzig 2019 Film Market. Marek is especially dedicated to working on documentaries. Currently, as a director and cinematographer, he is working on his new film about non-binary youth in Poland, produced by Netflix Originals. The films he shot were shown at the largest film festivals around the world. He is the cinematographer of the full-length documentary "Diagnosis", which you can watch on Netflix. The film was nominated for Polish Oscars ORŁY 2019 award in the Best Documentary Film category.For this film, Marek was nominated by PSC for the best polish cinematography award in documentary film 2019. He also shot the film "The Ugliest Car in the World", which had it’s worldpremiere at IDFA 2017 (main competition) and received the Grand Prix for the best Polish film at the 57th Krakow Film Festival.

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