Falling Stars

Gabriel Bienczycki, Richard Karpala, USA 2023, 80’

Haruki Murakami once wrote that the stars were watching him. Now they are also watching three brothers, bored with drinking beer and talking about nothing. So, they set off in search of a mystery: apparently their colleague buried a real witch in the desert, the titular falling star.

Falling Stars Interview: Richard Karpala and Gabriel Bienczycki on Indie U.S. Filmmaking (

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Gabriel Bienczycki

Polish-born cinematographer, photographer and director Gabriel Bienczycki has worked on Out of Iraq and Michał Pietrzyk 's award-winning All on a Mardi Gras Day. In 2023, he co-directed his first feature film with Richard Karpala, Falling Stars, starring Piotr Adamczyk, with whom he had also previously worked on Mayday as a cinematographer. Gabriel has directed the short films Nowhere Band, Earth Poem, and Dead End


2013 Sects (video)

2015 Earth Poem (short)

2017 Dead End (short)

2018 Nowhere Band (short)

2023 Spadające gwiazdy / Falling Stars (co-dir.)

Richard Karpala

Richard Karpala is a Polish-American director and screenwriter. In 2017, he worked with Kasia Adamik on Amok, starring Mateusz Kościukiewicz. His films are often genre cinema, including in the shorts Murderabiliac and Psychos, shown at Fantastic Fest. Together with Gabriel Bienczycki, he co-directed Falling Stars, which premiered at the Locarno Festival. The director of the Swiss festival described the project like Monte Hellman doing The Blair Witch Project.


2012 Deadbox (short)

2015 Iris (short)

2019 Murderabiliac (short)

2021 Psychos (short)

2023 Spadające gwiazdy / Falling Stars (co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Gabriel Bienczycki, Richard Karpala
screenplay Richard Karpala
cinematography Gabriel Bienczycki
editing Richard Karpala
music Patrik Herman
cast Rene Leech, Greg Poppa, Samantha Turret, J. Aaron Boykin, Piotr Adamczyk
producer Gabriel Bienczycki, Richard Karpala
production Latarka Studio
sales Latarka Studio
language English
coloration colour
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