The best thing ... is that finally you do not really know what has been staged and what is life.

Born in Paris in 1940, Marcel Lozinski is one of the most renowned Polish directors. His films have received numerous awards (in Oberhausen, Krakow, San Francisco, Leipzig, etc.) and one Oscar nomination in 1994 (89 mm from Europe). In the 40 years he’s been working in the film industry, Lozinski has not only asserted himself as one of the most innovative directors of his generation, but also as a man with strong views, being a loud critic of the communist society. His short films from the time talk about the discrepancy between the reality of one’s personal life and the slogans of the official life, about the influence of the press seen as instrument for indoctrination, about lie and compromise. That cost him: out of the 12 films made between 1972 and 1980, only 4 were somewhat distributed. After martial law was imposed in Poland in 1981, Lozinski chose to quit making films, preferring silence to compromise. He re-emerged in public life in 1989, after which time he directed a series of films that propelled him back on the cinema forestage. Since the fall of communism, his interest migrated towards existential subjects, less politically engaged but more generally-human oriented.

Lozinski spoke on numerous occasions about the need to introduce – in a real situation – a catalyst that would “accelerate reality” and determine the truth to come to the surface. In his films, he used actors infiltrated among real characters or convinced the latter to take part in a mise-en-scene that would make masks fall off. Lozinski sees the world as an aquarium where the fish lie still. His role, the director’s, is to stir the waters so that the fish start moving about and release latent tension. In his attempt to control chance, Marcel Lozinski shows himself in different colours every time. Every film in our selection is the expression of his ingenuity and his need to creatively surpass himself. A man and a filmmaker from whose experiences we can feed ourselves to our heart’s content. (A S)