International Competition

End of the World

Monika Pawluczuk
Screening time  
22.02. / Monday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
23.02. / Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1  
24.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
Intimate, creative and immensely visual documentary where several stories weave into one narrative during one night.

End of the World is an intimate, creative and immensely visual documentary where several stories weave into one narrative during one night. In a big city, many people are joined by a common need – troubled by loneliness they want to talk to someone. Some of them call the emergency number 112, even if it’s not really urgent, while others call the radio. This time the subject of the broadcast is the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar. The speaker asks the listeners what it actually means to each of them. They talk about things that are tragic and painful, and sometimes small and funny. Their need to be heard, to communicate, to share their experience with someone else is evident and moving. The radio is a motif linking this night’s events – we hear it in the ambulance; in a city’s monitoring centre, where we observe the night life of the city presented on dozens of screens. The radio binds the elements of the film together in terms of structure and meaning; it is the source of the most important questions.


Monika Pawluczuk

Monika Pawluczuk is a filmmaker, radio and television journalist. She is a cultural studies’ graduate at the American Studies Center at Warsaw University, a journalism department graduate at the Journalism Center in Warsaw, and a DOC PRO Documentary Programme graduate at the Wajda School. She is the author of the following documentaries: When I Am A Bird, Models, So You Should Change. End of the World is her latest film.

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2015, 40'

Directed by:
Monika Pawluczuk

Screenplay by:
Monika Pawluczuk

Jakub Giza, Michał Dymek, Szymon Lenkowski, Małgorzata Szyłak

Edited by:
Agnieszka Glińska, Marcin Latanik

Mikołaj Trzaska

Katarzyna Ślesicka

Produced by:
Wajda Studio

Festivals & Awards:

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary Short Award; Hot Docs 2015; Kraków Film Festival 2015; International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana 2015; Central and Eastern European Film Festival 2015; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2015; DOC NYC Film Festival 2015; Iran International Documentary Film Festival 2015