Die Kamera begleitet einen etwa zehnjährigen Buben beim Flanieren durch verschiedene Länder und Städte. Dazu besingt Arthur Russel mit traurig-gebrochener Stimme „Home“ und dessen Abwesenheit. Stimmungsbilder aus Tokyo, Brasilien oder den USA zeigen die Leichtigkeit des Kindes beim Durchstreifen dieser Orte und gleichzeitig eine beinahe existentielle Einsamkeit. Zeichnungen in einem Buch stehen am Beginn und am Ende dieser Szenen. Migrationsgeschichte und Roadmovie fallen hier in einer Erzählung über Entwurzelung und Aufbruch zusammen. (Claudia Slanar)

The camera accompanies a boy of about ten strolling through various countries and cities. Along with this, Arthur Russel sings, with a sad, broken voice, about “home” and its absence. Atmospheric images from Tokyo, Brazil, or the US show the lightness of the child roaming through these places and an almost existential loneliness at the same time. Drawings in a book are at the beginning and the end of these scenes. Migration history and road movie merge into a story about being uprooted and setting out. (Claudia Slanar)

Director's Biography
ANKA SASNAL, born in 1973 in Tarnów in Poland, studied Polish literature and gender studies. As a screenwriter, editor, and filmmaker, she lives in Kraków together with Wilhelm Sasnal, who was also born in Tarnów in 1972 and studied architecture and painting.  WILHELM SASNAL attracted international attention as a visual artist with a series of solo and group exhibitions in renowned international galleries and art institutions with paintings, comic books, drawings, photographs, and videos. From the first joint film project onwards, significant characteristics of their artistic collaboration are already visible: the intensive focus on language, texts, and literary models, which they transform into an image language that suits them. An explicit political stance can be noted in their films – thematically Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal circle around the current state of Polish society, rising xenophobia, the relationship of Polish society to the Catholic church, and especially the recent Polish past during the Second World War. A dystopian worldview, although not so much a pessimistic one – as they say themselves – may certainly be attributed to their work, along with an undisguised interest in the “dark” side of human beings.  Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal are no strangers to the festival audience in Linz, as they have already been represented in the festival program twice in the past. In 2012, they won the main prize with It Looks Pretty from a Distance, which premiered in Rotterdam, and then returned with Parasite in 2014.

// Films at CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival 2017
// Co-directed films: Słońce, to słońce mnie oślepiło (The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me, 2016), Huba (Parasite, 2014; CE’14), Aleksander (2013, doc), Z daleka widok jest piękny (It Looks Pretty from a Distance, 2011; CE’12), Świniopas (Swineherd, 2008)
// Films by Wilhelm Sasnal: Afternoon of a Faun (2015, short), Columbus (2014, short), Inhuman Hunger (2014, short), Kacper (2010, short), Europa (2007, short), Brazil (2005, short), Marfa (2005, short)
Tribute 2017
Wilhelm Sasnal
Polen / Deutschland 2010
12 Minuten
Drehbuch Wilhelm Sasnal
Kamera Wilhelm Sasnal
Schnitt Wilhelm Sasnal
Gemeinsam mit / Together with