Hanoi - Warszawa / The Last Real Man

Date: 2012-07-04
Hour: 21:00
Normal price: admission free
Duration: 1 h 30
Venue: Courtyard of The Ballet School


Hanoi - Warszawa

According to director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, the starting point for her film comprised stories told by people she met while collecting material for a film about the X-lecia Stadium in Warsaw. For years the stadium and its surroundings were the largest marketplace in Europe. Dubbed the ‘Europe Bazaar’ it was the workplace of numerous immigrants, including thousands of people from Vietnam. The film was not ultimately produced, but Katarzyna Klimkiewicz used the stories she collected to make Hanoi-Warsaw. The eponymous cities are points on a map that demarcate the travels of Mai Anh, a young Vietnamese girl who comes to Poland through the green border hoping to find a better life. The film received numerous awards, including 1st Prize at the Alcalá de Henares Festival, Special Award at the Cottbus Film Festival and Best Film in the Young Filmmakers Competition at the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival.

scriptwriter, director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
cinematography Andrzej Wojciechowski
cast Thu Ha Mai, Le Thanh Hunh , Michał Podsiadło, Klaudia Barcik, Przemysław Modliszewski , Viet Dung, Łukasz Pruchniewicz, Tran Thi Thanh Minh , Irwin Wojciechowski , An Asean , Andrzej Mołoniewicz, Szymon Piątkowski, Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, Diep Nguyen Huong, Nhu An Tran, Ngo Van Tuong

country and year of production Polska/Poland 2009


The Last Real Man

The Last Real Men (1994) is a documentary about an Austrian teacher who is disappointed in local women and his relationships with them. He decides to find a wife in Asia. In the film he talks about himself and consults other men who have found spouses in bride catalogues from Thailand and the Philippines. The film is an ironic depiction of the moral changes taking place in Asia and Europe and the instrumental approach to relationships between people in the context of growing solitude and desperate attempts to give life a sense of purpose and status. The film has been screened at a wide number of festivals, including Duisburg, Amsterdam, Karlovy Vary, Graz and Potsdam.

director Ulrich Seidl
cinematography, editing Peter Zeitlinger
sound Ekkehart  Baumung

music Walter Andreas Christen
cast Karl Schwingenschlögl, Familie Hausmann, Klausner, Krieger, Rausch, Schmid

country and year of production Austria 1994