Fear of Falling
35mm / DCP - 2011 - Poland - 90 min - Color - Drama
Fear of Falling
Original title: Lek wysokosci
A film by Bartosz Konopka
Tomek (30) escaped from the province and decided to sort out his life in a big city. He has a career as a TV reporter and has just started a family when he receives a message from a psychiatric hospital in his home town. His estranged father is there. Against himself and the advice of his closest ones, Tomek decides to reach out to his father, although they haven’t seen each other for years. As a result, Tomek gets involved in a relationship on the verge of craziness and normality, which will make him re-evaluate his entire life.
Original language: Polish
Produced by: Ewa Jastrzêbska, Studio Munka - Polish Filmmaker Association, Canal+
Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, Poland 2011 – Official Competition / New Horizons Film Festival, Poland 2011 – Polish Competition / Insk Film Festival, Poland 2011 – Official Competition / Montréal World Cinema Film Festival, Canada 2011 – First Films World Competition / Reyjkjavik International Film Festival, Iceland 2011 – New Visions official competition / Kaunas International Film Festival, Lithuania 2011 / Antalya International Film Festival, Turkey 2011/ Mumbai International Film Festival, India 2011 / Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2011 / Kiev International Film Festival Molodist, Ukraine 2011 / Denver Film Festival, USA 2011 / Seville European Film Festival, Spain 2011 / Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Germany 2011 / European Film Festival Segovia (MUCES), Spain 2011 / Festival de cinéma du grain à démoudre, France 2011 – Official Competition / Kinopolska, festival du film polonais à Paris, France 2011 / Pune international film Festival, India 2012 / Rencontres internationales du Cinéma de Patrimoine et du Film restauré de Vincennes, France 2012 / KINOTEKA London Polish Film Festival, UK 2012 / 1st Film Harvest Intl Film Festival, India (UB City, Bangaluru) 2012 / Hong Kong International Film Festival - "Poland in Close-Up", China 2012 / Film POLSKA, Germany 2012 / 13th European Film Festival, Italy 2012 / Finale Plezen, Czech Republic 2012 / Summer Film School (SFS), Czech Republic 2012 / Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland 2012 / Summer Film School (SFS), Czech Republic 2012 / Zadar FilmForum, 1st and 2nd time directors competition, Croatia 2012 / Film by the Sea, Netherlands 2012 / Misr Film Festival, 1st time directors competition, Egypt 2012 / Festival du Film d'Europe Centrale – CINEAST, Luxembourg 2012 / Polish Film festival, Australia 2012 / Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland 2012 / Film POLSKA München, Germany 2012
Special Mention of the Intl Jury for Piotr Niemyjski (dop) - Mannheim-Heidelberg 2011 / Individual Award for directing debut - Polish Film Festival in Gdynia 2011 / Individual Award for makeup - Polish Film Festival in Gdynia 2011 / Best Polish Film Award - Insk Film Festival, Poland 2011 / Audience award - Rencontres internationales du Cinéma de Patrimoine et du Film restauré de Vincennes, France 2012 / Best cinematography prize - European Film Festival of Lecce / Silver Gateway award - Mumbai
Bartosz Konopka is one of the most frequently awarded Polish directors. His latest film Rabbit a la Berlin was nominated for the Academy Award 2010 in the Documentary Short Subject category. So far the film has won awards at festivals such as Hot Docs Toronto, Hamptons, Jihlava, Krakow Film Festival, Planete Doc Review. Konopka's short feature debut Three For the Taking (2006) produced by Studio Munka won 12 awards at many different festivals, i.e. Grand Prix at Brest Film Festival and Best Debut Award at Message To Man IFF in St. Petersburg. His documentary The Goat Walker (2004) was awarded by Planete Television at the Berlinale in 2004 and was then shown by all Planete chanels worldwide. It also won a number of audience awards at various festivals. Bartosz holds a Master degree in film studies from the Jagiellonian University and has graduated from the directing department in the Kieoelowski Radio and Television School in Katowice and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.