Poland, 2011, 61'
Youth: Handle with Care
A boy-meets-girls and boy-meets-country kind of story, Argentinian Lesson documents a boy’s gracious journey out of childhood at the age of eight. The boy, Janek, is the filmmaker’s son. His initiatic journey is preceded by a geographical one: from Poland to Argentina, where the boy’s mother runs a language club for the children of Polish emigrants. Janek finds himself surrounded by a new world, with new words and new habits. He strikes up a friendship with a local girl, Marcia, and together with her he starts discovering whole new universes, where beauty, rain, freedom, and melancholia live alongside poverty, loneliness, depression, and anger. Shot exquisitely in 16mm film, with smooth camera movements and a remarkable taste for the contemplative, this is cinema at its best: a film for cinephiles and for children of all ages.
You can hear the grass – and the boy – growing.
12 March, 20:00, Cinema Union
17 March, 16:00, Cinemateca Eforie
Best Documentary Film, Kiev Documentary Film Festival, Ukraine, 2012
Grand Prize, Let’s CEE Documentary Film Festival, Austria, 2012
Best Medium-Length Film, RIDM Recontres Internationales documentaire de Montreal, Canada 2012
Grand Prize, Detour Int’l Documentary Film Festival, Padova, Italy, 2012
Best Documentary Film Award, Chicago Polish Film Festival, USA, 2012
Grand Prize, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Best Cinematography Award, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Silver Dove, DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2011
Best Documentary Film, Minsk Listapad Film Festival, Belarus, 2011
Best Director Award, Festival dei Popoli Florence, Italy, 2011
Grand Prize, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China, 2011