30th Haifa International Film Festival
Dir.: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Pro.: Lambros Ziotas
Sc.: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
DP.: Krzysztof Ptak, Wojcech Staron
Ed.: Krzysztof Szpetmansky
Music: Jan Kanty Pawluskiewicz
Festivals: Karlovy Vary
Cast: Jowita Budnik, Zbigniew Walerys, Antoni Pawlicki
Source: New Europe Film Sales, Warsaw
131 min., Polish, Hebrew and English subtitles
Bronislawa Wajs, better known as Papusza (1908-1987), was the first gipsy poet to be recognized after her work was published in Poland. Rejected by a community who accused her of having betrayed her people’s secrets, Papusza lived through a time of great poverty, plagued by guilt until her death.
Filmed in the historic Rom dialect, the black-and-white film goes back and forth between eras, going back especially to the year of 1949, when Papusza met Jerzy Ficowski, a non-Rom poet, who was welcomed by the gipsy community where he lived for two years. Papusza gradually gave her texts to Ficowski, and it was he who later published them.
Krzysztof Krauze was born in Warsaw in 1953 and graduated from the faculty of cinematography at Lodz Film Academy. Krauze made his feature debut in 1988. Joanna Kos-Krauze was born in Olszytn in 1972 and studied literature. The husband and wife co-wrote My Nikifor, which enjoyed international success and co-directed Savior’s Square, screened at the 2007 Haifa Festival. Papusza received a Special Mention at the 2013 Karlovy Vary Festival.
Filmography: Savior's Square (2006), My Nikifor (2004, Krzysztof Krauze), The Debt (1999, KK), Street Games (1996, KK), New York, 4AM (1988, KK)
Screen on the 23.9 - With the presence of the director