Via Carpatia


3pm, Saturday, 20th October, Classic Cinema 4, Elsternwick

2018 / Poland / 75 min / In Polish with English subtitles

Directed by: Klara Kochańska, Kasper Bajon
Written by: Kasper Bajon, Klara Kochańska, Julia Kijowska, Piotr Borowski podle námětu / based on an idea by Kasper Bajon
Director of Photography: Zuza Kernbach, Julian A. Ch. Kernbach
Cast: Julia Kijowska, Piotr Borowski, Bajram Severdžan, Dorota Pomykała


Julia and Piotr are a well-situated, middle-class married couple entertaining the idea of a dream holiday. At the request of Piotr’s mother, however, the pair set out instead on a trip across the Balkans, heading for a refugee camp on the Macedonian-Greek border.

Director Klara Kochańska, winner of a Student Academy Award for her short film Tenants, returns to Karlovy Vary with an intimate, independent road movie which stands out for its subtle performances and quasi-documentary authenticity. The protagonists of the film are forced to leave their comfort zone and take a closer look at the situation of refugees in contemporary Europe, something they have only encountered thus far sitting on their sofa watching television.