I'M WRITING TO YOU, MY LOVE

POLISH TITLE: PISZĘ DO CIEBIE, KOCHANIE

This documentary was made in the found footage convention. Summer of 1968. The mosaic of different archival materials and wedding memories of one marriage whose happiness is overshadowed by the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops on Czechoslovakia. Soon after the wedding, the man is drafted into the army. At the backdrop of dramatic events, there are the beaches of Sopot, the Festival of Polish Song in Opole and encrypted messages of informers underpinned with anxiety. The accusing tone of Władysław Gomułka, the first secretary of the Polish communist party, is intertwined with carefree, holiday songs.

GENRE:
documentary
RUNNING TIME:
26'
YEAR:
DIRECTING:
Magdalena Szymków
SCRIPT:
Magdalena Szymków
DOP:
Zuza Kernbach
EDITOR:
Iza Pająk
MUSIC:
Marcin Lenarczyk
PRODUCTION:
Silver Frame, Peter Kerekes Film

Magdalena Szymków »

journalist and filmmaker with a degree in Law (the University of Szczecin), a degree in Journalism (the University of Warsaw) and a diploma of the Wajda School. She has worked for the press and television in Poland and abroad (Gazeta Wyborcza, La Repubblica, TVP, TVN, Arte/ZDF and RAI). Since 2003 she has been the curator of Ryszard Kapuściński’s photographic exhibitions in Italy. She is a co‑founder of Vezfilm, a British production company. She lives in Amsterdam.