Screened in Rotterdam and Cinema du Reel 2012, DAUGHTERS is an intimate documentary reflection on loneliness and loss. After ten years living abroad, Marta returns to Poland to help her mother clear out her recently deceased grandmother’s apartment. The geographical separation which so defines this mother-daughter relationship is represented by blending 8mm family archive film with Skype conversations. Going through the old objects in the grandmother’s apartment brings up the issue of care taking and how its responsibility is shifting to the next generation.
Director: MARTA JURKIEWICZ
With the support of:
Cinematography: ALEX WUIJTS
Editing: LEONIE HOEVER
Sound: LARS BLAKENBURG
Producer: JUDITH DE WEER, MARION SLEWE
Production: DUTCH FILM AND TELEVISION ACADEMY, NTR
EYE FILM INSTITUTE NETHERLANDS
ANNA DABROWSKA - DISTRIBUTION EXPERIMENTAL FILM
0031 - 20 - 7582351
Director's contact: jurkiewicz[at]gmail[dot]com
MARTA JURKIEWICZ (1982, Poland) is an Amsterdam based filmmaker. She graduated from Audiovisual Media at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and also recently, as documentary director, from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. For the last couple of years she has also been working as a festival distributor of Dutch experimental films at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands. The Netherland Film Fund awarded her in 2011 with the Wildcard Documentary for the short Daughters, her graduation project.
Rotterdam IFF 2012 / Cinema du Reel Paris 2012 / Hamburg ISFF 2012 / Era New Horizons IFF Poland 2012
“A very personal and touching experience, DAUGHTERS is a family film that captures how the passing away of her grandmother affects Marta and her perception of family attachments and responsibilities. This experience alters her opinion on the role of caregiver as something imposed by society and tradition, and makes her reflect more profoundly on the importance of family and the emotional ties that bind her to her mother.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2012)
“The original idea to combine conversations on Skype with asynchronous images of us in Poland was taken over in the final film, forming a structural element in the narration. The three asynchronous scenes show how our distance affects the daily relationship between my mother and me and form a contrast with the synchronous scenes when we are together in Poland. The decision to shoot the images for these scenes in super 8 has several reasons. The first is to give it a personal perspective. Then, I also wanted to implement this choice to indicate the passing of time. Just as the last images of the intimacy between my mother and grandma have literally become a document, so the period of clearing Grandma’s old apartment becomes a memory, as it were, within the film.” (MARTA JURKIEWICZ)