The Balcony Movie
Co-presented with the Honorary Patron of Polish Component The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and the University of Pittsburgh European Studies Center
Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies and the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the Kościuszko Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter, Polish Falcons of America, Pittsburgh Chapter, and the Documentary Salon
Directed by Pawel Łozinski
Run Time: 100 mins
Winner of the Eagle for Best Documentary at the Polish Film Awards, The Balcony Movie is a provocative experiment in documentary film that tests the power of the passerby. Capturing only what is seen from the director’s home balcony, Łoźinski explores his neighbors’ sometimes banal and sometimes profound insights about the world. Following a carousel cast of characters, viewers are treated to stories from familiar personalities; some are in a rush to their next appointment, others relishing in the momentary spotlight. Above all, the film reminds us of our precious place in the world. What would you share when you come across the balcony?
"These different experiences remind us of the importance of life, especially with the current state of the world. Lozinski wrapped up his documentary right before the pandemic… Everyone can relate to something that was said or shown in this film. It is raw and honest and does not shy away from the harsh realities of life." –Vox Magazine
Q&A and Discussion with director Paweł Łoziński
Moderated by Jolanta Lion, Assistant Director, The Humanities Center, CMU & Pawel Lewicki, Associate Director, European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Born in 1965 in Warsaw, Paweł Łoziński is a director, cameraman, and producer of emotionally charged films. Before working as a filmmaker, he was a carpenter, warehouseman, and fence painter. He is a graduate of the Directing Department at the Film School in Łódź and found international recognition for his debut documentary Birthplace in 1992. His latest film, The Balcony Movie, innovates in its documentary exploration of the mundane.
Winner of Critics Week Award, Locarno International Film Festival
Winner of Eagle, Polish Film Awards
Nominee for European Film Award, European Film Award