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Brothers (Bracia)

Directed by Wojciech Staroń

  • Poland 2015; 68 min
  • Original version: Polish
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Best Film, Ecumenical Jury Prize - Dok Leipzig


After 80 years of exile two brothers come back to Poland from Kazakhstan. They aim to find their place in the new world, yet their different characters present an obstacle to this aim. One of them is a painter and a dreamer, the other one – a pragmatic engineer.  They are as different as ink and water and as inseparable as a flower from its stem. They want to rebuild their lives in spite of dramatic events fate has dealt them when their house, with several thousand paintings, burns down and one brother has put the other in a centre for elderly people. The race against time begins now. Will they be fast enough?

Director's Statement

All my projects share a unique quality of combining fiction and documentary. Every time it’s the search for a new way of telling a story in film.
My method of filming is based on the assumption that I never know where the film is going to take me. The story is being created during shooting. The most important for me in BROTHERS is the in depth understanding of the strange and intensive relationship between the two brothers. I want to analyze it not with words but with the observational film sequences where the documentary substance is structured in a fictive way.



    Gosia Staroń, Konstancja Liszewska