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Shooting Stars

Magda Jaroszewicz
Allemagne, Pologne, 2019
Production : Magdalena Jaroszewicz



It’s New Year’s Eve in Berlin and the street is full of men setting off fireworks. More and more fireworks held at arm’s length. Is this a celebration or is it a riot?

Tënk's film review

It’s a strange New Year’s Eve, and only the firecrackers look like they’re having fun. The Berlin street is gradually filling up with men. It’s as though setting off fireworks is a mission they have to accomplish. Holding them at arm’s length, they conscientiously set about their task. There’s no joy on their faces, but perhaps it’s hidden elsewhere, in the act of taking possession of the street, of reclaiming ownership of it together, just by saying, once a year, “we’re here!” The explosions are increasingly violent. The film shows the moment when a public celebration becomes a threat for the powers that be, the moment when those in power send in the troops, who control, who patrol, who, above all, make their presence felt… who are also saying “we’re here!”  It can be a fine line between celebration and riot. Should we leave the power to define this line to the “forces of law and order”?

Jérémie Jorrand
Tënk's Editorial and programming Director

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Magda Jaroszewicz

Magda Jaroszewicz was born in 1986 and raised in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from Theater and Performing Arts Studies at Jagiellonian University as well as film directing in the National Film School in Lodz. Her short films "The Death of a Czech Dog" (2011), "Wild Berries" (2016) and “Shooting Stars” were screened and awarded on festivals around the world. After finishing film school, she moved to Berlin. In 2018 she researched and co-directed a part of the international project for ARTE – "24 Hours Europe". She is a fellow of the Haus am See/Berlin Residency program and 2019 Berlinale Talents alumni. Interested in identity transitions and with what the past does with the living. She has a dog.

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