In Abkhazia, a post-Soviet “frozen conflict” zone, patriotism runs deep. While Sports Minister Rafael is busy organizing an international domino event to put his motherland on the world’s map, his beloved Russian wife is just an unwelcome foreigner. Set in a decrepit seaside town on the Black Sea coast, this documentary comedy, as affectionate as it is ironic, intertwines the complexity of a love story with the sleepiness of an isolated state.
Elwira Niewiera is a Polish director and researcher. Her feature documentary debut, Bulgarian Stories was presented at a number of international film festivals and had art-house cinema distribution in Germany. Elwira worked also as first assistant director and researcher on the Academy Award nominated documentary Rabbit à la Berlin. Since 2008 she is Executive Director of the Polish-German cultural foundation Nowa Ameryka.
Your Street My Street (2008)
Bulgarian Stories (2007)
Piotr Rosołowski graduated as a cinematographer from the Katowice Film School. He is a co-author of Rabbit à la Berlin – Academy Award nominated short documentary film, as well as director of photography of many awarded feature and short films, among them: On the Line (dir. Reto Caffi) – Academy Award nominated short fiction, and Nowhere in Europe (dir. Kerstin Nickig) that received the main prize at the Sarajevo Human Rights Film Festival.
The Art of Disappearing / Sztuka Znikania (2013)
Scriptauthors and directors: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
Cinematography: Piotr Rosołowski
Music: Maciej Cieślak
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk, Tomasz Wieczorek
Editing: Karoline Schulz, Andrzej Dąbrowski
Producers: Anna Wydra, Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas Kufus
Production: Otter Films, zero one film
Germany, Poland, 2014, 76 min.