HD/ DCP - 2017 - Poland, Germany - 82 - Color / Black & White
THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK
THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK (original title)
A film by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski
A cinematic journey on the trail of Hollywood filmmaker and "human chameleon", Michal Waszynski.
Who was Moshe Walks really? A golden boy of cinema, a fraud or a man who constantly confused the illusion of wilm with reality?
The son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine, died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszynski, Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. he made more than 50 films including cinema hits with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. However only one film was his true obsession - "The Dybbuk" - based on an old Jewish legend, the most important and mystical Yiddish film ever made, directed by Waszynski shortly before the outbreak of the WWII.
To the American magazine "Variety", Waszynski once claimed to be fascinated with the downfall of great nations. The related imagery of pogroms and migration are the sights and images that Waszynski had so often witnessed in his life. It seems he had achieved almost everything he could possibly have wished, but something seemed to be stalking him, leaving him in permanently restless. Waszynski kept searching for the lost print of his film "Dybbuk" which held his early memories of the Jewish shtetl and his first love. What secrets did he keep hidden in this old masterpiece of Yiddish cinema?
Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski
She lives and works in Berlin. Her last feature documentary "Domino Effect" was shown worldwide at more than 50 festivals and won many awards, among them "Golden Dove" award at the International Film Festival DOK Leipzig 2014, the Golden Horn for the Best Film of the International Competition at Krakow Film Festival and had art-house cinema distribution in Germany, Poland and Switzerland.
Graduated from Katowice Film School, awarded with a scholarship of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Co-author of "Rabbit à la Berlin" - Academy Award nominated short documentary film and co-director of documentary film "Domino Effect" with Elwira Niewiera. Director of photographt of many awarded feature and short films, among them "On the line" directed by Reto Caffi - Academy award nominated short fiction.
Original language: English, Italian, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Yiddish, Polish, German, Spanish
Produced by: Film Art. Production
In coproduction with: Kundschafter Filmproduktion
Venice International Film Festival - Best Documentary