* IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
* "GIAN PAOLO PAOLI” AWARD FOR THE BEST ETHNO-ANTHROPOLOGICAL DOCUMENTARY FILM@Festival dei Popoli
"Anthropology means also questioning and staging the intimacy of family relations. In this powerful cinematographic experience, a mother and a daughter try to speak to each other under the watchful eye a therapist. We are like in a film of John Cassavetes, where faces become unforgettable landscapes of emotions".
* Grand Prix Ex aequo winner - Man in Danger Media Festival
''Paweł Łoziński for courageous trespassing of genre limits in a film about the inability to communicate between the closest relatives.''
You Have No Idea How Much I Love You
What does the word "love" really mean? During our lives, we often create bonds and ties with our close ones, which with time seem to us impossible to untangle. The film tells the story of the tragedy of two women, mother and daughter, bound together by a difficult, complicated feeling. For the protagonists, the crucial event is a meeting with a third person, a stranger who becomes a close one, an experienced therapist. His basic tools are words and empathy.
Paweł Łoziński invites us to participate in private therapy sessions. In an intimate conversation of three people, old wounds and deeply hidden emotions of the protagonists slowly come to the surface. Will it be possible for them to leave the circle of long-standing grudges? Or to cut the umbilical cord connecting them without the risk of losing their bond? In the safe environment of the consulting-room, the therapist takes the protagonists on a difficult journey into themselves and at the same time, towards better mutual relationship. We watch closely the spiritual process of untangling the ties which cumulated with the passage of time. Is there a chance to heal the "scar left by the mother" on both sides of the severed umbilical cord?
About the Director: Pawel Lobinski
Director, scriptwriter and producer of documentary and fiction films born in 1965 in Warsaw. He earned his degree from the Film Directing Department of Łódź Film School.
His documentary films include Birthplace (1992), The Way It Is (1999), Sisters (1999), Between the Doors (2004), Wygnańcy (2005), Kitty, Kitty (2008), Chemo (2009) Father and Son (2013), Werka (2014). .
He has won prestigious awards at festivals in Bornholm, Paris, Leipzig and Krakow.
About the film
The film displays the mechanism psychotherapy relies upon. Five meetings that the characters have with Professor Bogdan de Barbaro, an eminent psychotherapist from Kraków, is a journey through a minefield full of dangerous feelings. The two women, led by the therapist, learn to disarm their feelings step by step. Words turn out to be the key to building a good relationship. They allow them to get accustomed with the reality of emotions – when what one feels is named, it’s easier to control it, understand it and try to confront it with what others feel.
In a country where psychotherapy is treated with distrust or ironic distance, and people struggling with mental issues are stigmatized in the media and political speeches, Łoziński’s film is truly a breath of fresh air. It’s worth seeing to understand that psychotherapists are not charlatans or showmen commenting on other people’s life in TV shows, but also people who, like professor de Barbaro, are full of attention and wisdom. And to see how universal human feelings – longing and pain – are.
Bartosz Staszczyszyn, translation: Natalia Sajewicz, June 2016. Culture.pl