Karol Pałka | Poland 2021 | 70 Min. | OmeU

15.05. | 7pm
De France, Saal 1 | TICKETS

Austrian Premiere

© Karol Palka Wajda Studio

Outside a small Polish village, Danusia and her daughter Basia live a secluded life in harmony with the rhythm of nature. There is no running water on the farm and money is always tight, but their enclave comes with peace and security. Yet, the 35-year-old Basia is longing for contact with other people and the modern world. She would like to break out of this life, but the dominant and religious Danusia strongly disagrees.

Along with mother and daughter, nature appears in BUCOLIC as a third protagonist; just as important as the affectionate observations of the women’s interactions with each other is their relationship with the animals with whom they live and the spirits that surround them.

Director: Karol Pałka
Screenplay: Karol Pałka
Camera: Karol Pałka
Editing: Katarzyna Boniecka
Music: We Will Fail
Production: Wojciech Marczewski, Karolina Mróz; Wajda Studio


presented by

Festival dei Popoli          
Guangzhou International Film Festival       
Wales One World    
One World Czech Republic    
London International Documentary Film Festival 

Born in Rabka Zdrój in 1991, Karol is a photographer, documentary film director, and graduate of both the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia and the Wajda School. Currently a PhD student at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, he is a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers. His works have received numerous awards and been shown at international competitions and festivals. He received a scholarship from the City of Krakow in 2018 and also from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2020. His debut short Years Have Gone, Winter Is Coming was shown at the Krakow Film Festival and Warsaw Film Festival, as well as at MiradasDoc in Spain. He was also awarded at the Ismailia International Short and Documentary Festival in Egypt. In his documentary work, he focuses primarily on other people – their emotions and spirituality, particularly in people who are excluded, alienated and on the margins of society.

Years Have Gone, Winter Is Coming / 19’/ 2016, prod. The Munk Studio
Loneliness/ 2’/ 2016, prod. Wajda School