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dir. Piotr Bernaś / Poland 2013 / 15’
subtitles: Polish and English

Film description

A film project about contemporary games, arenas and gladiators. What are the reasons underlying the human drive toward self-destruction? What is the wellhead of motivation for a person who chooses a life involving perpetual struggle, self-harm and risking their health? Is the road of physical pain an escape route from other kinds of pain? And finally, what lies at the roots of the contemporary fascination with risk and aggression?

Prepared by: Agata Bratek

Information about director

Piotr Bernaś

Born in 1973, Piotr Bernaś is a director, cinematographer, photographer and documentary filmmaker. A former war photographer for the Polish daily, ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’. He is a laureate of numerous press photo competitions for picture stories from Poland, Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka, Georgia and the UK. He graduated from the Wajda School in 2010 and was nominated for the European Film Award in 2011 for his documentary short, Paprazzi.

Selected filmography

2009 Komendant / The Commandant (doc., short)

2011 Paparazzi (doc., short)

2013 Arena (doc., short)

Prepared by: Agata Bratek

Cast & Crew

director: Piotr Bernaś
screenplay: Piotr Bernaś
cinematography: Łukasz Żal
editing: Piotr Bernaś
music: Leszek Matecki
producer: Jacek Bromski, Dariusz Gajewski, Ewa Jastrzębska
production: Studio Munka – SFP, Hugo Films
sales: Studio Munka – SFP
language: no dialogues
colouration: colour
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