THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS

/Marcin Malaszczak, 2015 ( 73 mins)

still from THE DAYS, a film by marcin malaszczak. world premiere 65th Berlinale (Forum), february 2015.

synopsis

THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS intimately explores ideas of female identity and womenhood. Set in Berlin, and in a small town in Poland, DAYS takes place in the closed space of private homes and the oddly contained worlds of public spaces; Filmed in both black-and-white and colour, DAYS features stark, candid performances from its cast, and slips between documentary and dream-like narrative.   What is the connection between these women? Are they alternate realities of the same life? Are they converging memories of an entire lifetime? Under the winter sky, they wonder what they might become and what might have become of them. Time passes ever slower.

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director's statement

I was raised mainly by women. Women will be seen throughout the film. But the film is not about women. If it is, it is only so in passing. The femininity of the actresses forms a backdrop to a story about existing in a state of alienation from oneself and from the world.

‘The Days...’ arouse out of a need to portray my life between Germany and Poland: to bring the intimate spaces and the relationships of these two worlds together in cinema. It is the first attempt to make accessible to a viewer these two realities that coexist within my mind. The thought of how such diverse realities or mental states can coexist simultaneously within the world, or even within a culture or society, has occupied me from childhood, and can be seen in my first full-length feature film Sieniawka, about a hospital for the nervously and mentally ill. The present work’s perspective is even more personal, as I will elucidate my own private sphere through cinematic space: my internal world will be brought to the stage, so to speak.

The cinematic representation of everyday life within ‘The Days...’ is not without dramatic or stylistic interference. By showing the everyday lives of the protagonists, the cinematic narrative is able to closely reflect our present. In a series of different life situations potraying various state of minds the film depicts how our self-perception changes in time and how we experience the passing of time in youth and age.

All the women who appear in the film are or have, at one point in my life, been close to me. My relationship to each of them remains unknown to the viewer. It is my intention that, with this work, focus is paid on self reflection, leading to a space where the actors are able to improvise before the camera. As with my previous work, I want the camera to attain an absolute closeness whilst remaining invisible, creating a fictional space and framework in which the viewer can imagine and create their own fiction. The viewer, like the people in the film, will be transported to the stage of everyday life and motivated to reflect upon themselves.

The aforementioned procedure allows me to work both intuitively and improvisationally: with thoughts, ideas and themes originating organically in the moment.

I believe in a form of discursive film making, for a method of film making that follows closley my own life and by doing so is able to show the theatricality of the everyday.

Appearing within: my ex-girlfriend, female friends, my mother, my great aunts, my grandmother and her friends.

biography Malaszczak

* 17.05.1985 Kowary (Poland)

Born in Poland, Marcin Malaszczak immigrated to West Berlin with his parents as a child.
He studied Film Directing at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb).
His first feature length film “Sieniawka” premiered at the 63rd Berlinale (Forum) in 2013. It won several awards including the Best First Film Prize at FID Marseille and the ARTE Documentary Film Prize at the Duisburger Filmwoche.
"Orbitalna" had its World Premiere at the 64rd Berlinale (Forum Expanded) 2014.
“The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills“ had its World Premiere at the 65th Berlinale (Forum).
Marcin has co-founded the film production company Mengamuk Films in 2012.
Marcin currently lives and works in Berlin.

Selected Filmography

2015 The Days – 73 mins / DCP / 1:1.33
2014 Orbitalna (Orbital) – 25 mins / DCP / 1:1.85
2013 Sieniawka (Sieniawka) – 126 mins / DCP / 1:1.85
2010 Der Schwimmer (The Swimmer) – 29 mins / Digibeta / 1:1.66

media (press)

press texts, stills download (.zip)
press kit download (.pdf)

festivals

AWARDS:
Blow-Up Film Fest Chicago / Best Director - Tarkowsky Award

FESTIVALS:
Berlinale, Forum / WP

credits

CAST
(in order of appearance)
Natalie Warlow
Emily Hunt
Emma Koster
Maria Christine Brehmer
Elise Brehmer
Irena Malec-Malaszczak
Stefania Malec
Helena Strzelec
Stanisław Malec
Zofia Siegienczuk
Zofia Borkowska
FILMMAKERS
DirectorMarcin Malaszczak
CinematographyMarcin Malaszczak
ScreenplayMarcin Malaszczak
SoundClara Bausch, Tobias Rüther, Eric Menard
EditingMaja Tennstedt
Color GradingJorge Piquer Rodriguez
VFXUnai Rosende
Sound DesignJochen Jezussek
Audio Mixing/MasteringDetlef Schitto
Graphic DesignSalma Shamel
ProducerMarcin Malaszczak
ProducerLaura Heberton
Co-producersAgata Szymanska, Magdalena Kaminska
Executive producerMark Shlomchik
Executive producerVerena von Stackelberg
Prouction ManagerMarcin Malaszczak, Michel Balagué
with the financial support of Polish Film Institute