International Competition

An Ordinary Country

Tomasz Wolski
Screening time  
15.06. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Ticket
17.06. / Thursday, 16:30 - 18:00 Ticket

Controlled conversations, recording with hidden cameras, dirty records of interrogations and recruitment attempts as well as video tutorials for the officers of the security service – all of these materials are employed to portray the monitored life in Poland under communism. Sometimes grotesque, this picture is underpinned by horror, escalating intuitively with every minute. The dramatic culmination is when the Big Brother is not just watching but violating the privacy of an ordinary citizen. Before us, there is a terrifying communist panopticon which keeps spying on and recording itself. 


Tomasz Wolski

Tomasz Wolski is a member of Guild of Polish Documentary Directors, Polish Film Academy and European Film Academy. He is director of short film Daughter (Grand Prix at Angers Premiers Plan) and director, editor, cinematographer of 13 documentaries awarded at many international festivals like Visions du Réel, Los Angeles Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Punto de Vista, Camerimage and Krakow Film Festival.

General sponsor

Zwyczajny kraj

2020, 51'

Directed by:
Tomasz Wolski

Screenplay by:
Tomasz Wolski

Tomasz Wolski

Edited by:
Tomasz Wolski

Tomasz Wolski

Anna Gawlita

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du Réel 2020 – Jury Prize Clinique de Genolier
Krakow Film Festival 2020 – Golden Hobby-Horse Award
Minsk International Film Festival 'Listapad' 2020 – Special Jury Award
FIDBA Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival 2020 – Special Mention
IDFA 2020
Trieste Film Festival 2021
FilmFestival Cottbus 2020
International Documentary Film Festival MiradasDoc 2021
La Plata International Independent Film Festival – FestiFreak 2020


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