Pawel and Wawel

Pawel and Wawel gathers unique images and sounds from a journey through Iceland that position themselves between documentary gesture and performative strategy. The starting point and anchor of this trans-genre diary film, road movie, documentary film project, is the film festival initiated by Krzystof Kaczmarek “What`s the difference between Pawel and Wawel,” which more or less unsuccessfully tours the island with Polish classics.

Clamped together with a sound arrangement of opera songs, heavy metal, singing Carmelite nuns, beat boxers, the howling dog-man duet of the Museum for Bones, Sticks, and Stones, as well as variations of an obscure Synth-leitmotif, Kaczmarek arranges recordings of the impressions that he gathered like a diary. Focus here is on the scurrile and absurd aspects of the encounters, while also thematized are the constructive relations of landscape and identity and the touristic gaze itself. People, cities, and endless car drives through archaic landscapes meet with atmospheric dream sequences. The issue of the conditions and possibilities for a festival are present: film quotes, references, and reenactments of the screened film program laconically refer to the failure of the individual stations of his project. Forming precisely is a self-ironic perspective of the staged scenes in the real. In the collisions of image, sound, text, and artifact, which make the manufacture of meaning uncertain in this in between space, narration and logic topple nearly every scene and thus torpedo the film images’ emotional, poetically romantic dimension. At the same time, nothing seems more obvious in this unruly cinematic language than the sharp perspective on the film image itself.
(Kathrin Wojtowicz)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
Pawel I Wawel
Poland, Austria
63 min
Orig. Language
Krzysztof Kaczmarek
Krzysztof Kaczmarek
Malgorzata Mazur
Boring Drug, Polish Barefoot Carmelite Nuns from Keflavik
Krzysztof Kaczmarek
Igor Klaczynski
Sound Design
Igor Klaczynski
Executive Producer
Krzysztof Kaczmarek, Elena Cooke
Supported by
Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Kronika City Gallery, Tarnow City Gallery, Polish Film Institute, Embassy oft he Republic of Poland in Reykjavik, Markon, ZAIKS
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
5.1 surround
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
Festivals (Selection)
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Jihlava - East Silver Market
München - UnderDox, Festival für Dokument und Experiment
Mar del Plata - Int. Film Festival
Lima - Transcinema Int Film Festival
Hamburg - Dokumentarfilmwoche
Montevideo - Film Festival of Uruguay