Dawid Radziszewski

Krzysztof Kaczmarek
Pawel and Wawel

“Pawel and Wawel’ is the new film by Polish director Krzysztof Kaczmarek. It tells the story of a film festival “What’s the difference between Pawel and Wawel”, which tours Iceland showing the classics of Polish cinema. The film festival is not a success. The problems begin in Poland when Violetta Villas, who had previously agreed to be part of the project, resigns after lack of funds means expenses stretch only as far as renting a caravan for the crew. Things go from bad to worse: the Icelandic audience shows no interest and the project descends into chaos. Yet, the primary goal becomes a pretext for the crew to make their own film. The film features the Polish Sisters of the Carmelitan Order in Keflavik, young beatboxers of the Icelandic province, a singing dog from the museum of the stones, the Vikings of the re-creation group and other accidentally encountered inhabitants of Icelandic towns and villages, all set against the backdrop a cold landscape muted by the volcanic dust of Eyjafjallajokull. What emerges is a piece of cinema that is neither conventional cinema nor the broadly understood genre of video art. It is a genre of its own: part drama documentary, part road movie, part poetic travelogue and part experimental musical.