Director Joanna Kos-Krauze and actress Jowita Budnik presented the film ‘Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali’ (Birds Are Singing in Kigali), which is competing in the Official Section
10/22/2017.- Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali) joins the films competing in the Official Section of the 62nd Seminci. With it, Polish director Joanna Kos-Krauze returns to the Valladolid International Film Festival, where much of her filmography has been screened, and has received numerous awards.
This film, which has already participated in more than 70 international festivals, was shot in Rwanda, Kenya, and Poland with a budget of only 1,200,000 Euros. Along with her husband, who died at the beginning of filming, Krauze says she had written several scripts based on Holocaust stories. However, these scripts did not fully work until they went to Rwanda and saw the circumstances there, which were full of pain and violence. “We come from the Holocaust country. On the one hand, it is a privilege, but it is also an obligation, to not stop asking questions and answering them,” said the filmmaker.
The film tells the story of two women escaping their painful past of violence and fleeing to Poland. Both feel the need to change their life completely. The director indicated that her goal has always been to reflect the post-traumatic feeling of a person who had experienced such situations of pain. For this reason, she wanted to give the narrative a broken and fragmented rhythm.
“The film has been surrounded by problems. Everyone said I could not do it, but I have proof that I could and I did,” said Krauze. She added that in Rwanda everything she wanted was given to her, and that it was in her own country where she encountered the most setbacks.
The actress Jowita Budnik, meanwhile, pointed out that in her 30 years on the screen, her most important collaborations have been with this pair of directors; and that she always grows and learns with their projects.
Finally, the director wanted to thank Seminci for her return to the festival. She assured that it brings her very good memories, and that, although the relationship is periodic, it is very close.