I'm Still Alive
A poetic and visual portrait of the old Polish woman Jadwiga Kubis Waslicka. Her life coincided with the 20th century. The great movements of history, such as communism, capitalism and fascism, meant she had to roam Europe from Poland via Germany and the United Kingdom to Holland. Now she’s back in her homeland, in Warsaw. She is old. Her body is decaying and she’s basically waiting until the angels come to fetch her.
The filmmaker is aware of Jadwiga's old age and approaching demise, but he also sees much beauty in her appearance. He juxtaposes her wrinkled face with the guilty Polish landscape. At the most intimate of moments, he does not look away and continues to seek beauty in fragility. The woman no longer leaves her house, but the filmmaker does. He brings images and sounds back that tell us things about her life, but without words. Images that mix the suffering from the past with the suffering now.
(Text : International Film Festival Rotterdam)
86 min / video / colour/b&w
Prod: Peter van Houten, Anna-Zharkov-Film
Dir: Peter van Houten
Sc: Peter van Houten
Peter van Houten:
JE M’ APPELLE LIOTTA (2005, feature), THE EXPOSITION OF ANNA ZHARKOV (2001, doc)
Peter van Houten
Ph: +31 6 574 22478 / +31 76 522 7890
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012