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Side Roads

dir. Julia Sokolnicka / Poland, Netherlands / 2015 / 17 min.

Section: New Faces


Director: Julia Sokolnicka

Screenplay: Julia Sokolnicka 

Cinematography: Mateusz Wołoczko

Editing: Pedro Collantes

Sound: Kamila Wójcik

Music: Marcin Siegieńczuk

Producers: Julia Sokolnicka

Production: Nederlands Filmacademie Amsterdam

World sales: Julia Sokolnicka

Language: Polish


Hitchhiking through Poland in three cold winters, the director interviewed people driving on Polish side roads. This sarcastic, yet poetic, filmic collage, staged in a nearly absurd landscape, confronts intimate portraits of individuals with grotesque architecture and fascinating patchworks of the old and the new. With still cinematic frames, the filmmakers captured places and people you'd be likely to pass by and let them lead you into their own world.


Los Angeles International Culture Film Festival (Best Documentary), Mumbai International Film Festival (Best Student Documentary), Krakow Film Festival, New Horizons International Film Festival, Festiwal Filmowy Opolskie Lamy, Ivy Film Festival, EnergaCAMERIMAGE International Film Festival, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, Keep an Eye Filmacademie Festival 



Julia Sokolnicka (born in Warsaw in 1983) is an experimental and documentary filmmaker, writer and researcher.  Her practice moves between social philosophy, video and performance. She studied Philosophy at the Warsaw University, Film Directing in the Wajda School in Warsaw and Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. In 2016 she graduated from the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam with a degree in Artistic Research in Film. In her current projects, she works with social choreographies, notion of Realness, simultaneous narratives and big archives.  Her projects “Digital Nomads” and “Social Choreographies” focus on community bonding and identity of the global youth. Both projects address the utopias of solidarity and problems of multicultural societies and combine performance art and cinema through formal experiments and theoretical exploration. Julia lives and works in Amsterdam. She’s a coordinator of the “Hearth” Artistic Research in Film program hosted by DeAppel gallery. She’s a co-creator of Researcher’s Office and Professional Standards Network for Artists activating groups and a performative intervention group Physical People. Her short documentary film “Side Roads” has received a number of international awards and a distribution in most prestigious, Polish cultural channels such as TVP Kultura and Ninateka. 


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