East of Paradise Série-Collection : Un fabuleux art de la survie

Lech Kowalski
2005 - 105 min - DV Cam - Couleur et Noir & Blanc - France

For the third and the last part of his Polish trilogy "A fabulous survival art" which was started with "Boot Factory" (2000) and "On Hitler's Highway" (2003), Lech Kowalski questions his own biography.
Through some large movie clips and some unexploited rushes of his movies from the American period ("Gringo", "DOA"...) and some recent movie pictures, the film director gives an interview and comes back on his path, from his beginnings in the pornographic industry to his involvement in the New York underground during the seventies and the eighties.
But first, he offers us a rare gem : an intimate portrait of his Polish mother where she tells, between distant smiles and insurmountable tears, how she was sent to Gulag and condemned to wandering by the Soviet troops at the beginning of the Second World War... with on the way, hunger, cold, headlouses but also some unexpected solidarities..

Author-Director : Lech Kowalski
Delegate Producer : Agat films
Co-producer : Extinkt Films
Broadcasting Co-producer : ARTE France
Contribution : CNC, Procirep


Distributor : Extinkt Films
Disponible au Club du doc


2014 - Les Rencontres du cinéma documentaire, Montreuil (France) : Sélection
2006 - Images en bibliothèques, Paris (France) : Film soutenu par la Commission nationale de sélection des médiathèques
2006 - Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata, Mar Del Plata (Argentine) : Sélection
2005 - Human Rights Film Festival, Zagreb (Croatie) : Prix spécial du Jury de la compétition long-métrage estival Cinemex: prix du m
2005 - Mostra Internationale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia, Venise (Italie) : Prix du Meilleur Film dans la Section "Horizons"