Piotr Tymochowicz, media advisor to some of Poland’s top politicians, claims that anyone can be moulded into a charismatic leader. To prove it, he’s looking for a greenhorn who can be turned into a candidate. A call is put out for would-be participants, and hundreds apply. A small group is selected and undergoes training. Lozinksi followed Tymochowicz and his project for three years, and this beautifully shot and edited work paints a compelling portrait of cynical (and quite familiar) demagogy and populism in action. Taken through exercises in all aspects of being a politician, from body language to handling media scrums, a candidate soon emerges.
Marcel Loziński was born in 1940 in Paris. He earned his degree in Film Directing from Łódź Film School. He has made a number of excellent documentaries, which include How It’s Done (2006), Anything Can Happen (1995), Microphone’s Test (1980), Front Collision (1975), The Visit (1974) and was nominated to the European Academy Award and American Oscar for his documentary film 89 mm from Europe (1993). For the past four years he has been the head of the documentary programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.
Jak to sie robi
2006, 88', color, video
Andrzej Adamczak, Jacek Petrycki
Festivals & Awards:
Grand Prix at the People in Danger film festival, Lodz, 2006; Golden Teeth Grand Prix at the film festival, Chicago, 2006