Rabbit a la Berlin (Królik po berlinsku) (2010)
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A story about thousands of wild rabbits which lived in the Death Zone of the Berlin Wall. As if the green belt between the two walls was 'designed' for those animals - full of untouched grass, the predators stayed behind the wall and the guards made sure no one 'disturbed' the rabbits. They had been living there for 28 years, enclosed but safe. Unfortunately, the Wall fell down one day and the rabbits had to look for another place to live. The film is an allegory which brings closer the history of Eastern Europe as seen from the 'rabbit' perspective. This is also the first film showing the story of the Wall and the reunification of Germany seen from such an unusual perspective - from the rabbits' point of view. It refers to the nature film convention, the Polish version is narrated by Krystyna Czubówna [famous Polish nature films narrator]. What is interesting - German commissioning editors were very enthusiastic about the idea of shooting a film about the difficult time in German history by two Polish men, from quite a surprising perspective. 'Królik po berlińsku [Rabbit a la Berlin] is a film made by four friends - enthusiasts who work together on each element of the film. These friends are: Bartek Konopka - director, Piotr Rosołowski - cinematographer and co-scriptwriter, Anna Wydra- producer and Mateusz Romaszkan - editor. The co-author of the commentary in the film is Michał Ogórek, the original soundtrack was composed by Maciej Cieślak(known from the band 'Ścianka'), imaging was post-produced by a Wrocław studio valium4kids with Grzegorz Korczak on the lead and the sound was edited by the Ucho Studio - Franciszek Kozłowski. For Konopka and Rosołowski this is a second attempt at telling a tale of people through the prism of animals. In their documentary film 'Ballada o kozie [The Goat Walker]' (among other awards it won the Planete Prize at Berlinale 2004) they took a closer look at lives of several families in the Zielona Góra Voivodeship as seen from the goats' perspective, which were given to these poor residents withing the framework of a social project. --© Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Rabbit a la Berlin (Królik po berlinsku)
Rabbit A La Berlin drags on in slow, nature documentary fashion, while its mildly allegorical plot only serves to belittle the real pain caused by the erection of the wall.
Shrewdly combining their own seductive images with archival materials, found footage and observations by artists, journalists and former wall guards, Konopka and Rosolowski create a bunny's-eye view of tumultuous change.
Teasing and shrewd, "Rabbit ŕ la Berlin" is a floppy-eared fable about the uneasy trade-offs between liberty and security.
strikes an initially beguiling but ultimately compelling balance between narrative structure and documentary form; the comparisons to Werner Herzog's nature documentaries are not unfair
Cunningly fashioning found footage into a rabbit's-eye view of events, Polish helmer Bartek Konopka creates a chillingly apt political allegory in Rabbit a la Berlin.
Creatively uses the animal parable. . .in a very original approach to history that is as thought provoking as it is amusing. . . by anthropomorphizing politics.
Pseudo-documentary about how politics affected rabbits living in the vicinity of the Berlin Wall.
Nominated last year for a short-doc Oscar, the featurette is a lovely modern mini-myth, sarcastic and Beatrix Potter-y in turn.
Konopka proves most successful at suggesting the ultimate absurdity of totalitarian endeavor is in his constant juxtaposition of items of human construction and control.
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