|26.02. / Thursday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5|
Abkhazia is a forgotten war torn country close to Crimea-Ukraine. Perched on the shores of the Black Sea, the unrecognized splinter state used to be a beach getaway for lucky Soviets, but palatial hotels now sit in post-communist ruin. For Abkhazian Sports Minister Rafael, however, everything’s looking up. He’s hopeful that the mysterious Domino World Championship he’s organizing will finally put his beloved motherland on the world’s radar and madly in love, he’s willing to overlook that his dear wife is a foreigner. A proud Russian opera singer, Natasha gave up her home and custody of her Russian daughter to take a chance on a new life. But when locals won’t warm to her and troubles cloud Rafael’s “sports” event, their bright future and even national pride start to wobble.
Elwira Niewiera studied acting at the European Theater Institute Berlin and the Academy for Theater Practices Gardzenice. Her previous documentary film Domino Effect (directed together with Piotr Rosolowski) was shown worldwide at more than 50 festivals and won many awards, among them the Golden Dove award at the International Film Festival DOK Leipzig 2014 and the Golden Horn for the Best Film of the International Competition at 54. Krakow Film Festival. The film also had arthouse cinema distribution in Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Her new documentary The Prince and the Dybbuk (directed together with Piotr Rosolowski) won the award for the Best Documentary on Cinema at the 74th Venice Film Festival 2017. Elwira Niewiera is also a member of the Polish film Academy. Filmography: Bulgarian Stories (documentary, 2007), Video Letters (documentary, 2011), Domino Effect (documentary, 2014), The Prince and the Dybbuk (documentary, 2017).
Piotr Rosołowski graduated from the Katowice Film School, awarded with a scholarship of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He is a co-author of Rabbit a la Berlin - Academy Award nominated short documentary film and co-director of documentary film Domino Effect together with Elwira Niewiera. Their new documentary film The Prince and the Dybbuk won the award for the Best Documentary on Cinema at the 74th Venice Film Festival 2017. Piotr also works as director of photography, he was DoP on many awarded feature and short films, among them On the line (dir. Reno Caffi - Academy Award nominated short fiction). Filmography: The Art of Disappearing (documentary, 2013), Domino Effect (documentary, 2014), The Prince and the Dybbuk (documentary, 2017).
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