Dir. Maryia Yakimovich / Poland / 2020 / 29’ / Warsaw premiere
Screenplay: Maryia Yakimovich
Animation: Maryia Yakimovich
Editing: Maryia Yakimovich, Wojciech Słota
Sound: Michał Papara
Music: Michał Papara
Producer: Robert Sowa
Production: Animation Film Studio in Krakow, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts
World sales: KFF Sales & Promotion
Language: Polish, Russian
The film is shaped as a diary of the director’s memories, telling about the problematic relationship between a father and a daughter caused by the father’s mental illness, and the troubles caused by this condition while growing up. The need to free herself from the influence of the past and to break the shell of silence around this painful situation brings Maryia back to Belarus. There she shoots interviews with various family members and collects their memories and points of view. She takes responsibility for her emotions and concludes that she needs to free herself from the influence of the past, associated with papa’s disease, and to finally build her independent self-portrait. This gives her a chance to revive and to finally show the sincere feelings of the adult daughter to her papa.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Krakow Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival MiradasDoc
Maryia Yakimovich was born in Minsk, Belarus, and from an early age she showed interest and attitude towards the world of the arts. After graduating from the Art Lyceum of Minsk with a card-game design project, she moved to Krakow to study at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. She graduated with the highest grade realizing the documentary film “Papa”. She makes watercolours, book illustrations and animations, participates in exhibitions and travels as a street artist creating artworks that are sold to people all around the world.