International Competition

Solaris Mon Amour

Kuba Mikurda, Laura Pawela & djLenar / Poland / 2023 / 47′ / Polish | English and Italian subtitles

An extraordinary found footage documentary inspired by Stanisław Lem’s Solaris. A trance-like, personal story about loss, mourning & memory. The film consists of excerpts from 70 films produced by the Educational Film Studio in Lodz in the 1960s and the first radio adaptations of Solaris. Lem begins writing Solaris the same year that Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour is released – says Kuba Mikurda – Like Resnais’ film, I find Solaris a fascinating study of post-traumatic memory – repressed memories that pave their way into consciousness and demand to be expressed.

Screenplay Kuba Mikurda, Laura Pawela & djLenar
Editing Laura Pawela
Production the Lodz Film School, vnLab – Essay Film Studio

Kuba Mikurda
Mikurda has studied psychology (MA, 2006) and philosophy (PhD, 2012). He works as an Assistant Professor at Film School in Łódz. He has delivered a number of guest lectures abroad, including British Film Institute and Tate Modern in London and Volksbühne in Berlin. He has been a student of the maverick philosopher & psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek and written a book about his work. He has been five times nominated for Polish Film Institute Award and won the Polish edition of British Council’s “International Young Screen Entrepreneur”.

May 31 05:30 p.m.
Cinema Intrastevere Hall 1
Meeting with the sound designer

June 1 08:30 p.m.
Cinema Intrastevere Hall 3