Anything Can Happen tops the list of the best Polish documentaries
by Dorota Hartwich
- Directed by Marcel Lozinski in 1995, the film has been crowned as the best Polish documentary of all time
Anything Can Happen, which was directed by Marcel Lozinski in 1995, has just been crowned as the best Polish documentary of all time, following a public vote on a list of ten titles put together by experts.
Co-produced by Studio Kalejdeskop and TVP, Anything Can Happen focuses on the six-year-old son of the filmmaker. Naturally curious and very open, he rides a scooter around a park and openly asks existential questions to elderly people seated on benches. The topics of life, death and the passing of time aren’t off limits. Quite the opposite, in fact: those he asks are more than happy to respond to the young philosopher’s questions.
Lozinski, a graduate of Lodz Film School and considered to be one of the Polish documentary masters, was nominated at the 1995 Oscars for 89 mm from Europe. A teacher at the Wajda Master School of Film Directing, he is also a Dragon of Dragons laureate, a prize conveyed to him at the 2016 Krakow Film Festival in recognition of the contributions he made to documentary film over the course of his career.
The ranking of the best documentaries in Polish film history was the result of the screening of 100 films organised as part of the “100/100. The Era of Polish Documentary” programme, organised by the Polish Filmmakers Association, the WFDiF and WFO production studios, and the National Film Archive Filmoteka Narodowa. The event was supported by the Polish Film Institute.
The expert panel’s shortlist was made up of the following ten documentaries: Flood (Jerzy Bossak and Waclaw Kazmierczak, 1947), The Musicians (Kazimierz Karabasz, 1960), The Family of Man (Wladyslaw Slesicki, 1966), The Primer (Wojciech Wiszniewski, 1976), Seven Women of Different Ages (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1978), Talking Heads (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1980), A Few Stories About Man (Bogdan Dziworski, 1983), Hear My Cry (Maciej Drygas, 1991), Such a Nice Son I Gave Birth To (Marcin Koszalka, 1999) and Anything Can Happen.
(Translated from French)
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