Biography Dox

The Prince and the Dybbuk

Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
Screening time  
27.02. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 3  
A cinematic journey and a search for Michał Waszyński, a mysterious Polish director and an influential personality of the European film scene.

Who was Moshe Waks really? A golden boy of cinema, a fraud or a man who constantly confused the illusion of film with reality? The son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszynski, Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. He made more than 50 films including cinema hits with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. However, only one film was his true obsession, The Dybbuk, based on an old Jewish legend, the most important and mystical Yiddish film ever made, directed by Waszynski shortly before the outbreak of the WWII. It seems he had achieved almost everything he could possibly have wished, but something seemed to be stalking him, leaving him permanently restless. Waszynski kept searching for the lost print of his film Dybbuk which held his early memories of the Jewish shtetl and his first love. What secrets are hidden in this old masterpiece of Yiddish cinema?


Elwira Niewiera

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

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).

General sponsor

Książę i Dybuk

Germany, Poland
2017, 82'

Directed by:
Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski

Screenplay by:
Piotr Rosołowski, Elwira Niewiera

Piotr Rosołowski

Edited by:
Andrzej Dąbrowski

Ann Carolin Renninger, Matthias Miegel, Malgorzata Zacharko

Produced by:
Film Art Production, Kundschafter Filmproduktion GmbH Berlin

Festivals & Awards:

Venice International Film Festival – Best Documentary; Minsk International Film Festival Listapad 2017 – Diplomas Award; IDFA – Best of Fests 2017; Viennale 2017; Trieste Film Festival 2018