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The Prince and the Dybbuk

Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski, Poland, Germany 2017, 82’
RBG Three Identical Strangers

This is the story of legendary Polish pre-war director Michał Waszyński (actual name: Moshe Waks), maker of the film Dybuk. Although Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski quote many facts from the protagonist's colorful biography, the Prince and the Dybbuk isfar more than a typical biographical documentary. The Polish filmmakers treat their work as a pretext for artistic investigation, to discover the protagonist's true face. To achieve their goal, Niewiera and Rosołowski look for traces of Waszyński in Volyn towns, Roman palaces and on the streets of Israeli cities. But he continues to elude them, remaining a figure shrouded in secrets that arouse the imagination. The directors argue that the case of the famous artist, however original, is part of a larger whole. Marked by a forced migration, the experience of uprooting and a confused sense of identity, Waszyński's biography can be treated as a metaphor for the fate of the entire Jewish nation.

Piotr Czerkawski


Venice IFF 2017 - Venezia Classici Award

Elwira Niewiera

Elwira Niewiera was born in 1976 and studied Theater and German Studies at the University of Wrocław and Ethnology at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. In 2007, she directed the documentary Bulgarian Stories with Kornel Miglus. The motif of transience of individuals and entire worlds stressed in that film also found its way into her films made with Piotr Rosołowski - Domino Effect and The  Prince and the  Dybbuk.


2007 Bulgarian Stories / The Art of Disappearing (co-dir., doc.)

2014 Efekt domina / Domino Effect (co-dir., doc.)

2017 Książę i dybuk / The Prince and the Dybbuk (co-dir., doc.)

Piotr Rosołowski

Piotr Rosołowski was born in 1977 and graduated from the Krzysztof Kieślowski University of Silesia, Faculty of Radio and Television at the Department of Radio and Television. While still a student, he began working with Bartosz Konopka and was his co-writer and cinematographer on films such as Ballad About a Goat and the Oscar-nominated Rabbit a la Berlin. In 2012, he directed The Art of Disappearance with Konopka. Two years later, together with Elwira Niewiera, he made Domino Effect, which received two awards at the Krakow Film Festival.


2013 Sztuka znikania / The Art of Disappearing (co-dir., doc.)

2014 Efekt domina / Domino Effect (co-dir., doc.)

2017 Książę i dybuk / The Prince and the Dybbuk (co-dir., doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
screenplay Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
cinematography Piotr Rosołowski
editing Andrzej Dąbrowski
music Maciej Cieślak
cast Michael Babchuk, Batia Beigl, Alex Mankiewicz
producer Dirk G. Engelhardt, Matthias Miegel, Ann Carolin Renninger, Malgorzata Zacharko, Zuzanna Hencz
production Film Art Production, Kundschafter Filmproduktion, Zero One Film
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, German
coloration colour
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