Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


The Balcony Movie

Paweł Łoziński sets his camera and a shotgun mic in his first-floor Warsaw apartment balcony that’s facing a sidewalk. He does some people-watching. Then he asks the random passersby, of different ages, about life; its meaning, or how they cope with it. — The primary intriguing factor of The Balcony Movie is how Paweł turns a simple personal space into a wide place for dialogue. Moreover, you observe and interact with a cross-section of a community without taking a step outside the space. — Paweł’s balcony isn’t a podium from where he preaches. But it’s a slightly elevated space from where he observes and keenly listens, and in the process, he encourages us to do so too. — The Balcony Movie isn’t specific to Polish society — it’s largely an observation of the human condition and a tribute to life. It’s a testament to documentaries’ power to weave emotionally charged intimate portraits of contemporary life.

Arun Kumar, High on Films

This is one of the cases where the script is written by life itself. Although the director undoubtedly uses his honesty, charisma and friendly demeanour, getting passers-by to emotionally open up with the strength of a nutcracker, he adopts a modest, withdrawn attitude, without even looking for the subject of the film. Like the people in front of his balcony, the meaning of the film meets Łoziński in each subsequent interaction.

Mateusz Tarwacki, Eye For Film

Original Title: Film balkonowy
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English
Length: 100 min
Age Limit: S
Year: 2021
Production Country: Poland

Director: Paweł Łoziński
Producer: Paweł Łoziński, Agnieszka Mankiewicz
Production Company: Łoziński Production, HBO MAX
Screenplay: Paweł Łoziński
Editing: Paweł Łoziński, Piasek & Wójcik
Cinematographer: Paweł Łoziński
Music: Jan Duszyński
Sound Design: Paweł Łoziński, postprodukcja Franciszek Kozłowski Ucho Studio