|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
The title suggests that this time (after difficult Entangled) Lidia DUDA has an optimistic story to tell. The protagonist is Teresa BANCEWICZ, a woman of an amazing biography, who is an almost 80-year-old traveler and hitch-hiker. What made Teresa travel all of a sudden? Was it the need to fulfill her long- hidden desires or the will to overcome linguistic, financial and health-related barriers? Or did she have other, more dramatic reasons?
Teresa, almost 80 years old, travels and hitchhikes around the world for two or three months in a year. Traveling heals Teresa
and gives energy to her life. She is realizing her fairy tale-like dream she had during her early years of her life. Due to her financial
situation, she cannot afford an airplane nor stay in a luxury hotel, but that paradoxically gives her various experiences and
relationships. Not just her traveling, but also her marital and romantic relationships are surprising. She is a true bohemian, not to
be restrained by anything.
Through Teresa, who even in her eighties lives just like the younger generations, this documentary delivers an optimistic message
that age is nothing but a number. At the same time, the documentary throws a controversial issue regarding relationships a woman
has with her husband, family, and lover. The film questions if these relationships restrict women and whether women hurt the
people in those relationships while trying to break out of the limitations by defying institutions and customs. Someone may blame
Teresa for her seemingly unethical or irresponsible life and claim that’s not a life of a bohemian. However, she still looks confident in
somewhat weird relationships, communes with speakers of other languages and keeps training for her next travel to Libya. When
one watches her, nothing seems impossible. [CHOI Ji-youn]
Lidia DUDALidia DUDA
Born in 1958, graduate of the Cultural Studies Department at the University of Wrocław. Lidia Duda’s films have won numerous awards, including awards received in Kanton, Krakow, Houston, New York, Moscow, Prague, Chicago and Istanbul. She is an expert on Documentary Films at the Polish Film Institute, and member of the Polish Filmmakers Association as well as the Polish Film Academy.