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In the Rearview

In the Rearview

Skąd dokąd
Maciek Hamela
Poland, France, Ukraine
2023
84 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

There are six seats in the back of the van. The passengers, though sitting right next to each other, do not always know the next person. They are women, children, old men, and occasionally, a young father. Regardless of where they come from, they share the same destination: safety. With scenes taken on his trips as a volunteer evacuation driver, filmmaker Maciek Hamela portrays heart-wrenching accounts of civilians who had to leave their homes during the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In this van, silence is punctuated by experiences of the war. A family reminisces about the cow left behind. A grandmother wipes away her tears as she sends off her grandchildren. A small girl has stopped talking since a bomb hit nearby.

Outside the van window, the road is bumpy and the buildings are full of holes. Yet there is still warmth and hope in the midst of destruction. Two children become new friends. A surrogate mother talks about her dream of opening a café. A family reunites. Without reproducing any image of violence, In the Rearview shows the depth and resilience of humanity among traumatic moments.

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Credits
84 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, French, English
Director
    Maciek Hamela
    Maciek Hamela
Production
    Piotr Grawender for affinity cine grawender piotr,
    Maciek Hamela for Pemplun
    Piotr Grawender for affinity cine grawender piotr,
    Maciek Hamela for Pemplun
Co-production
    Jean-Marie Gigon for SaNoSi Productions,
    Anna Palenchuk for 435 FILMS
    Jean-Marie Gigon for SaNoSi Productions,
    Anna Palenchuk for 435 FILMS
Cinematography
    Piotr Grawender,
    Marcin Sierakowski,
    Wawrzyniec Skoczylas,
    Yura Dunay
    Piotr Grawender,
    Marcin Sierakowski,
    Wawrzyniec Skoczylas,
    Yura Dunay
Editing
    Piotr Ogiński
    Piotr Ogiński
Sound
    Maciek Hamela
    Maciek Hamela
Sound Design
    Marcin Lenarczyk
    Marcin Lenarczyk
Music
    Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
    Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Screenplay
    Maciek Hamela
    Maciek Hamela
World Sales
    Cinephil
    Cinephil
Screening copy
    Cinephil
    Cinephil
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