Returns

Director: Krzysztof Kadłubowski

written, directed & shot by Krzysztof Kadłubowski edited by Tomasz Sławiński colour correction by Łukasz Romanow sound by Konrad Majchrowski music by Frideric Chopin produced by Studio Filmowe Plus Tv
7′
Poland 2010

 

From the mist there emerges the runway of Warsaw airport. The guard of honour of the Polish Army is waiting to solemnly welcome those who have just arrived in Poland. But there is no one to welcome this time. On their shoulders the soldiers carry invisible coffins in front of invisible spectators and carefully place them on special racks – all to the rhythm of Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’. We observe all the intricate choreography, which turns out to be a rehearsal for the ceremony. This short black-and-white film is a record of events that took place after 10 April 2010, one of the most important dates in modern Polish history. On that day, 96 people, including the Polish president and government representatives died in a plane crash near Smolensk. They were on their way to Russia to participate in a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, the mass murder of Polish officers carried out by the NKVD.

 

Krzysztof Kadłubowski
Born in 1965. Graduated from the Polish National School of Film, Television and Theater in Łódź. He is a co-founder of the Studio Plus TV from Warsaw and a cinematographer for many documentaries, such as The Constant General (2005); Polish Summer, Hungarian Autumn (2006) and Mutter (2007).