Masterclass Marcel Lozinski - So it doesn’t hurt

21 March, 16:00
Cinema Elvire Popesco

The point is that the act of filming is not innocent.

In 1998, Lozinski revisited Urszula Flis, the main character in his 1974 film (The Visit will be screened in the short films programme). Urszula is a cultivated woman who has chosen to live in the countryside and work the land. A misfit, a foreigner, both in the eyes of her neighbours and in those of the aggressive reporter who accompanies Lozinski in 1974 and who bombards Urszula with all sort of preconceived ideas in the futile attempt to penetrate her secrets. 33 years later, the director returns with a different attitude and manages to get close to the character without crossing any intimacy boundaries.

We’ve chosen to screen this film in the masterclass opening because it contains many of Łoziński’s strategies. So It Doesn’t Hurt will be the starting point of discussions about the responsibility of the filmmaker towards its characters, about the delicate equilibrium between directing – as a challenge of reality – and the wish to avoid inflicting pain. Give and you shall receive – believes Lozinski. If the burden of confession is divided between those in front and those behind the camera, the pain will be easier to bear. (A S)

So It Doesn’t Hurt / Zeby nie bolalo
Poland, 1998, 47 min.
Produced by Kalejdoskop Film Studio.
Awarded with the Golden Dove for Short Documentary at Dok Leipzig.