Jarocin. Rock for freedom
Dir: Marek Gajczak, Leszek Gnoiński
Screenplay: Marek Gajczak, Leszek Gnoiński
DOP: Marek Gajczak, Wojciech Słota, Jerzy Pawleta
Editing: Marek Gajczak
Producer: Aneta Zagórska, Witold Bereś
Production: Krakow Film Klaster
Co-production : TVP, National Audiovisual Institute, National Centre for Culture ,Regional Museum in Jarocin, Barton Film,
Co-financing : Marshal Office of Wielkopolska in Poznan, Polish Film Institute
Premiere: Poland 2016
In a small town, which no one in Poland heard of, a unique rock festival is born. This takes place in times of strong socialism in the 1980s. Tens of thousands of people arrive at Jarocin which becomes an island of freedom and rebellion.
The most important music event of the 1980s in Poland. A unique place, identified with freedom, escape from everyday life, from dullness and hopelessness. The place of rebelling and fighting for young people’s identity. One of the most important culture-creating places on the map of Poland. Perceived as the nest of evil and debauchery by the older generation. However, from a time perspective, it can be seen as the only “normal” place in the Polish sea of abnormality and socialist greyness.
The festival was changing people, opening them for new experiences, music, culture and art. It became a living legend of the Polish rock scene, a cult festival. It existed in the communist time in Poland – since the 1970s to the early 1990s. The street riots in the 1990s caused it to be temporarily cancelled. When it returned in 2005, already in the new Poland, it became one of many festivals, only exploiting its former popularity.
About the film
The film is going to be made in Cinemascope 2,35:1. The sound is going to be “transferred” to Dolby Surround so the viewer is able to fully experience the power of music. This will allow to fully use the cinematic spectacle’s potential. A widescreen view and Dolby SRD sound, as well as fast and dynamic editing, are to cause the viewer, at least to some extent, to feel what thousands of fans at Jarocin Festival felt.
Music and Lyrics are not only supposed to be illustrations. Above all, they are to be a commentary to the film, its main and specific Character and Narrator. The film is going to combine present footage [colour], archival footage recorded on film reel [B/W], archival video footage [B/W, colour] and photographs [B/W, colour]. Many of the materials have never been published before.
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