Last night the Moscow International Film Festival 2013 ended with the usual grandiosity attached to the festival, led by director Nikita Mikhalkov. The competitive documentary section, set up by Sergey Miroshnichenko and Grigory Libergal, including 7 films, had Pawel Lozinski’s ”Father and Son” as the winner, awarded by a jury headed by Sergey Dvortsevoy.
The film directed and produced by Pawel Lozinski was written about by this blogger, when he met PL in Barcelona a couple of years ago – this is quote from the post published at that time when the film was still a project:
”My father and I get into an old camper and head for Paris where, 23 years ago, he dispersed his mother’s ashes in the Luxembourg Garden. Our trip will take two weeks. We’re both documentary filmmakers so we’ve decided to make a film recording the journey. We stop at camper parks or gas stations for the night. We each have a camera to keep the conditions fair and so we’re both the directors and protagonists at the same time. My father is 70, I am 44. We discuss various things – family history, difficult past, my father’s divorces. Any question is allowed. The journey is a pretext to get to know each other a little better. A cinematic-psychological experiment about the father-son relationship. Once in the editing room, will we be able to create a single version that would be acceptable to both?”
The answer to the question raised became NO, and now there is the film by Pawel, ”Father and Son” and also one by Marcel Lozinski, ”Father and Son on a Journey”. The two films, that will be reviewed on this blog very soon, shared the Silver Horn Direction Prize at the Krakow Film Festival late May/beginning of June. The Jury motivation went like this:
“Is sharing the same profession between a father and a son a curse or a blessing? And can a film be used to reconcile this and other family matters? Two famous filmmakers, a father and a son, embark on a journey in search of answers to these and other questions: their filmmaking skills, the tool in their hands and the road in front of them, a source of inspiration. The result is a unique cinematic experiment and a testament to their mutual love, despite the complexity of their relationship.”
Father-Son: Curse or Blessing?