HOUSE OF SAND
dIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY PAWEŁ WYSZOMIRSKI | DOP PAWEŁ DYLLUS | EDITING KATARZYNA ORZECHOWSKA | LENGTH 52'/75' | LANGUAGE POLISH | STATUS DEVELOPMENT | YEAR 2022 

Maciej is a 60‑year‑old modern Don Quixote. After his wife died, he raised two sons by himself. He tried to build a house for them, which would also be a home for their families. But he has never fulfilled the dream – houses had to be sold to pay off Maciej’s debts. He gave up every time he failed. He finally changed his comfortable life in Germany to live in the heart of Warmia region in Poland to realize next of his life’s plans. This time he is building a passive solar building which is made mostly out of trash as he preaches of a global climate catastrophe and wants to show people how we can live without harming the planet… But this eco revolution is only a tip of an iceberg and just another cloak for even more disappointments piling up in his life. Throughout his life he has achieved nothing. Now he wants to convince himself and his relatives that he is worth a trust and he can finish what he has started, even if everything proves against it. He decides to brace out of the system – with no billings, obligations and with zero carbon footprint. Self‑sufficient house gives hope for a cheap leaving but also can be an attempt to preserve a dignity and finally rebuild the relationship with his two sons. But will their expectations come across? Or will it be just another house of sand in Maciej’s life?

 

Bitter-sweet story about dreams that often give strength but also can be harmful for those we care for the most.


PAWEŁ WYSZOMIRSKI

Paweł Wyszomirski was born in 1980. He is a student of the graduate year of the Gdynia Film School. Since 2003 he is a photographer. Winner of Grand Press Photo and BZWBK press photo. Founder of Testigo Documentary Association (www.testigo.pl). Teacher of photography at the Sopot School of Photography.

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