Director: Paweł Ziemilski
A story of people from a little Polish village. It is located in Masuria, area often referred to as The Land of Thousand Lakes. Around 400 people from this village have emigrated to Iceland since the 80’s and nobody has returned. Those who stayed behind are hoping for the reunion. But by now their children and grandchildren are settling into new lives on the other side of Europe. The distance separating them is great and the journey is expensive, so they don’t get to hug each other very often. The best alternative is intensive contact by Skype.
The director brings together these fractured families, if only visually, using inventive projection and montage techniques to suggest physical contact. A film about a new reality, homesickness and love.
Curator's point of view: The director has found a restrained, sensitive and emotionally stunning way to visualize longing and separation of families.