Passenger preceded by A Walk in the Old City of Warsaw

  • Andrzej Munk

Incomplete at the time of Munk’s death in 1961, Passenger takes as its focus the harrowing relationship between two women in a German concentration camp, as recalled by a former guard after she encounters, years later aboard a luxury cruise ship, one of her Polish ex-prisoners. Working from footage shot just before his fatal accident, Munk’s collaborators (notably director Witold Lesiewicz and writer Wiktor Woroszylski) constructed a speculative version of the film, partially made up of still shots. The film is as much a profoundly disturbing comment on trauma, memory, and freedom as it is an intriguing experiment, permeated by an unmistakable sense of admiration from the late filmmaker’s contemporaries. A NYFF2 selection. **Restoration by DI Factory. **

Director

Andrzej Munk

Program Features

18m
A Walk in the Old City of Warsaw

In this vibrant collaboration with the composer Andrzej Markowski, a young music student wanders around the alleys and buildings of Warsaw’s Old Town. Without any dialogue, Munk creates an eccentric atmosphere by fusing Markowski’s instrumentation with the ordinary sounds of the city. **Restoration by Warsaw Documentary Film Studio (WFDiF). **

59m
Passenger

Incomplete at the time of Munk’s death in 1961, Passenger takes as its focus the harrowing relationship between two women in a German concentration camp, as recalled by a former guard after she encounters, years later aboard a luxury cruise ship, one of her Polish ex-prisoners. Working from footage shot just before his fatal accident, Munk’s collaborators (notably director Witold Lesiewicz and writer Wiktor Woroszylski) constructed a speculative version of the film, partially made up of still shots. The film is as much a profoundly disturbing comment on trauma, memory, and freedom as it is an intriguing experiment, permeated by an unmistakable sense of admiration from the late filmmaker’s contemporaries. **A NYFF2 selection. Restoration by DI Factory. **

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