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Magda Batorska
documentary portrait of deaf-mute dancer

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street), New York, NY
Tickets: $5 Tel: 212.505.5181

Magda Batorska has brought a decade of professional experience in all aspects of television production, and a sensitive eye and ear, to this very personal and moving 50-minute video portrait of an 18-year-old deaf-mute village girl at a crucial moment of choice between a career as a baker and a chance to become a professional ballet dancer, the first deaf one in Poland. The film was aired on Polish Television and selected by the Brussels Independent Film Festival and the Summer of Films in Torun. Preceding it on the same program, Newfilmmakers Welcomes the Digital Film Academy in New York, is the 5-min. I Forgot My Name, by Matthew Cox, and B.J.Meyer's 3-min. At a Precipice. Since 1998 the NewFilmmakers Series has shown over 400 features and 1500 shorts, many overlooked by traditional film festivals.

The film is presented at Anthology at 7 PM as part of the NewFilmmakers Winter 2007 series on Wednesday evenings, which includes the category "Mocks, Docs, and More" at 6 PM (5 films) and a Special Digital Film Academy Program of student shorts at 8 PM.

TICKETS: One $5 ticket covers admission to all three shows. But since tickets are sold at the Box Office starting 30 minutes before the day's first show, to be sure of getting a seat for the 7 PM showing of Flower of Silence, it would be best to purchase the ticket before 6 PM

Flower of Silence (Byc kwiatem, 2006, 50 min., mini DV) presents Karolina, daughter of poor but supportive rural parents, who lives in crowded dormitory quarters in Poznan where she has been schooled as a baker but has also studied dance, her great love and best medium of expression. The film explores Karolina's relationship with her ballet teacher, Anna Niedzwiedz, and the ways in which the latter helps her "hear" the music, and face the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete for an opening on a professional dance team.

Flower of Silence (Byc kwiatem), Poland, 2006, 50 min., color, Betacam SP, in Polish with English subtitles. Director: Magda Batorska; Cinematography: Mikolaj Lebkowski; Music: Lukasz Targosz, Robert Docew, Maciej Pawlowski, Jacek Tarkowski; Editor: Waldemar Wiecek; Producer: Aleksandra Bankowicz; Postproduction Company: ITI Film Studio, Lunapark; Production Company: Naive Films.

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