Films

Birds Are Singing in Kigali

Birds Are Singing in Kigali, "Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali"

Synopsis

Director

In this moving journey through trauma and mourning, the theme of Rwandan genocide resounds in two intimate portraits of women; it is cinema that, reflecting historical reality, touches on the most profound human experiences: the inevitability of death and the need for rebirth.
The cinematography of Krzysztof Ptak (1954-2016), Józefina Gocman, and Wojciech Staron evocatively establish the film’s emotional aura, painting the screen with cool blues and earthy browns. Images of vultures devouring carcasses-life feeding on death-provide the visual refrain in a story that pierces right to the bone.
A Polish ornithologist named Anna (Jowita Budnik), studying birds in Rwanda, manages to escape when the genocide begins. She takes Claudine (Eliane Umuhire), the daughter of a murdered co-worker, with her. The nightmare they experience isolates them from the world and one another, provoking conflicts and shocks. But pain is also the beginning of the long road to life after loss. – Małgorzata Sadowska, New Horizons Film Festival

   

Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

Joanna Kos-Krauze (b. 1972), director, screenwriter, and producer, president of the Directors’ Guild of Poland, member of the European Film Academy and the Polish Film Academy. Starting in the mid-1990s she gained professional filmmaking experience as a second unit director and head of casting. The turning point in her career came with projects she took on with her husband, respected director and screenwriter Krzysztof Krauze (1953-2014) who celebrated international directing success with „My Nikifor“ (2004), co-written by Joanna. The pair then co-wrote and co-directed the no less successful movies „Savior Square“ (2006) and „Papusza“ (2013). All three movies had shown also at PÖFF. Krzysztof Krause died on December 24, 2014 in Warsaw.

Filmography

  • Krzysztof Krauze: Nowy Jork
  • czwarta rano (New York, 4 a.m., 1988)
  • Gry uliczne (Street Games, 1996)
  • Dlug (1999, Võlg, PÖFF 2000)
  • Moj Nikifor (2004, Minu Nikifor, PÖFF 2005)
  • Plac Zbawiciela (Päästja väljak, PÖFF 2006)
  • Papusza (PÖFF 2013)
  • Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali
  • 2017)Joanna Kos-Krauze: Moj Nikifor (2004, Minu Nikifor, PÖFF 2005)
  • Plac Zbawiciela (Päästja väljak, PÖFF 2006)
  • Papusza (PÖFF 2013)
  • Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali, 2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
18:30 - 20:23
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021402
Sold out
22.11.2017
20:45 - 22:38
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 060202
Sold out
03.12.2017
18:00 - 19:53
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171101
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: Poland
Year: 2017
Duration: 113 minutes
Languages: Polish, English
Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Producer: Joanna Kos-Krauze
Writers: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
DOPs: Krzysztof Ptak, Józefina Gocman, Wojciech Staroń
Montage: Katarzyna Leśniak
Cast: Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire
Productions: KOSFILM, TVP S.A Telewizja Polska, Odra-Film

Synopsis

Director

In this moving journey through trauma and mourning, the theme of Rwandan genocide resounds in two intimate portraits of women; it is cinema that, reflecting historical reality, touches on the most profound human experiences: the inevitability of death and the need for rebirth.
The cinematography of Krzysztof Ptak (1954-2016), Józefina Gocman, and Wojciech Staron evocatively establish the film’s emotional aura, painting the screen with cool blues and earthy browns. Images of vultures devouring carcasses-life feeding on death-provide the visual refrain in a story that pierces right to the bone.
A Polish ornithologist named Anna (Jowita Budnik), studying birds in Rwanda, manages to escape when the genocide begins. She takes Claudine (Eliane Umuhire), the daughter of a murdered co-worker, with her. The nightmare they experience isolates them from the world and one another, provoking conflicts and shocks. But pain is also the beginning of the long road to life after loss. – Małgorzata Sadowska, New Horizons Film Festival

   

Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

Joanna Kos-Krauze (b. 1972), director, screenwriter, and producer, president of the Directors’ Guild of Poland, member of the European Film Academy and the Polish Film Academy. Starting in the mid-1990s she gained professional filmmaking experience as a second unit director and head of casting. The turning point in her career came with projects she took on with her husband, respected director and screenwriter Krzysztof Krauze (1953-2014) who celebrated international directing success with „My Nikifor“ (2004), co-written by Joanna. The pair then co-wrote and co-directed the no less successful movies „Savior Square“ (2006) and „Papusza“ (2013). All three movies had shown also at PÖFF. Krzysztof Krause died on December 24, 2014 in Warsaw.

Filmography

  • Krzysztof Krauze: Nowy Jork
  • czwarta rano (New York, 4 a.m., 1988)
  • Gry uliczne (Street Games, 1996)
  • Dlug (1999, Võlg, PÖFF 2000)
  • Moj Nikifor (2004, Minu Nikifor, PÖFF 2005)
  • Plac Zbawiciela (Päästja väljak, PÖFF 2006)
  • Papusza (PÖFF 2013)
  • Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali
  • 2017)Joanna Kos-Krauze: Moj Nikifor (2004, Minu Nikifor, PÖFF 2005)
  • Plac Zbawiciela (Päästja väljak, PÖFF 2006)
  • Papusza (PÖFF 2013)
  • Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali, 2017)