The return of Agnieszka H. / Powrót Agnieszki H.

country, yearvrnitev
Poland, 2013

genre
documentary

running time
77′

directed by
Krystyna Krauze, Jacek Petrycki

language
Polish

subtitles
English

synopsis
The Return of Agnieszka H. is a light and, very often, humorous story about the student years of the most famous Polish female director – Agnieszka Holland, who attended FAMU (The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) in 1966-1971. It was a time of political breakthroughs and the artist actively participated in the Prague Spring events as well as in student protests against so called normalization. In 1970, she ended up in jail for a few weeks. In the film, she goes back to places known in her youth; she also reunites with some friends. In her journey, she is accompanied by two friends from FAMU – a cameraman Andrzej Koszyk and a documentary filmmaker Andrzej Zajączkowski. The reason of her yet another return to Czech Republic was shooting the series “Burning bush” telling the story of events surrounding Jan Palach’s act of self-immolation.

about the authors
Jacek Petrycki – Director of photography and producer of feature movies, documentaries and teleplays, born 1948 in Poznań.. The winner of BAFTA award for cinematography of the film The Betrayed and many foreign and Polish awards. Director of photography of some of the most famous documentaries of the 70’s: Curriculum Vitae and Hospital by Krzysztof Kieślowski, How to live and Microphone Check by Marcel Łoziński, and other documentary filmmakers. Petrycki is also a director of photography of the films of so called Cinema of moral anxiety trend, e.g.: The calm and Camera Buff by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Provincial actors and A Lonely Woman by Agnieszka Holland, etc.

 
krauzeKrystyna Krauze – a graduate of faculty of documentary directing in FAMU. Cooperates with Czech Television as a producer for journalistic programs. Author of the movie Our Vašek – Power of the Powerless. Main character of the movie is Václav Havel and connections with Polish and Czechoslovak opposition.

 

 

 

 

awards, festivals
29th Warsaw Film Festival 2013, Poland; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2013.