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Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski - The Prince and the Dybbuk

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Poland, Germany / 82’
languages Italian, Spanish, English, Polish, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Yiddish, German
screenplay Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
cinematographer Piotr Rosołowski
editor Andrzej Dąbrowski
music Maciej Cieślak
sound Marcin Lenarczyk, Elwira Niewiera, Franciszek Kozłowski



Who was Moshe Waks really? A golden boy of cinema, cunning fraud or a man who constantly confused the illusion of film with reality? The son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine, died in Italy as Prince Michaeł Waszyński, Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. He made more than 50 films including cinema hits with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. However only one film was his true obsession—Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk)—based on an old Jewish legend, the most important and mystical Yiddish film ever made, directed by Waszyński shortly before the the outbreak of the World War II. To the american magazine “Variety” Waszyński once claimed to be fascinated with the downfall of great nations. The related imagery of pogroms and migration are the sights and images that Waszyński had so often witnessed in his life. It seems he had achieved almost everything he could possibly have wished, but something seemed to be stalking him, leaving him permanently restless. Waszyński kept searching for the lost print of his film Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) which held his early memories of the jewish shtetl and his first love. What secrets did he keep hidden in this old masterpiece of Yiddish cinema?


Who among us hasn’t wanted to be someone else once in their lifetime? Rarely is anyone as successful in such masterly role-changing as Mike Waszyński. He was a Jew in Kovel, a Pole in Warsaw and finally a Prince in the elite circles of Europe. What price did he pay for his incredible masquerades? Was it possible for him to completely cut himself off from his roots? The times in which he lived didn’t allow him to be himself. When reality becomes unbearable, one begins to live inside one’s own imagination. With the help of cinema he was perfectly successful in pulling off this trick. He became a unique filmmaker, who not only created monumental films, but also made his own life a masterpiece.


PRODUCTION 1: Film Art Production
ul. Bujwida 1/5
31-529 Cracow – Poland
Tel. +48 601663236

PRODUCTION 2: Kundschafter Filmproduktion GmbH
Reinickendorfer Str. 17
13347 Berlin – Germany
Tel. +49 30 700 800 800

PRODUCTION 3: zero one film GmbH
Lehrter Strasse 57
10557 Berlin – Germany
+4930390 663 651

Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg - rolf.bergmann@rbb-online.de
TVP Kultura - Magdalena.Lobodzinska@tvp.pl
Adam Mickiewicz Institute - kmiklusz@iam.pl
Chimney Poland - warsaw@chimneygroup.com
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute - sekretariat@nina.gov.pl

WITH THE SUPPORT OF: Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Polish-German Film Fund

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