How to Live With a Film Protagonist? Meeting following the screening of the film WE WERE ONCE KIDS

Wednesday, May 18 | 5:30 p.m. | Warszawa screening room

How to Live With a Film Protagonist? Documentary film director Maciej Cuske talks to Leszek Kopeć, the director of the Gdynia Film School, following the screening of the film WE WERE ONCE KIDS, dir. Eddie Martin

In Polish only

Partner: Gdynia Film School

United by skateboarding, a group of disparate youth built a unique lifestyle that inspired Larry Clark’s 1995 groundbreaking film, KIDS. The crew became overnight commodities, thrust into the mainstream spotlight. Left adrift under the bright lights, some discovered transcendent lives and careers, while others, abandoned and unequipped to handle fame, suffered fatal consequences. “At the end of the day, what I show is real life. I tell the truth. And the truth can be shocking”, Larry Clark would say about the film. The documentary's director, Eddie Martin, responds by asking whose truth is it and at whose expense was it portrayed. Maciej Cuske, film director and a member of our jury, will talk about work ethics and the duties of a documentary film director towards his protagonists, especially the youngest ones. 


Maciej Cuske – documentary filmmaker whose films have been shown and awarded at Polish and international festivals. His last film, The Whale from Lorino, won the Smakjam Award for Best Production in the Polish Competition at the 17th Millennium Docs Against Gravity FF, the Bronze and the Silver Hobby-Horse and the Silver Horn at the KFF in Cracow and the Polish Film Academy Eagle Award 2021. Maciej Cuske serves as a Polish Film Institute expert and is a member of the Polish Film Academy. In 2020, he was nominated for the Polityka Passport Award. He conducts film workshops in Poland and abroad. He is a lecturer at the Gdynia Film School, among others.


Leszek Kopeć – the director of the Gdynia Film School. He graduated in Polish philology from the University of Gdańsk. Producer, entrepreneur, publisher. The Director of the Polish Film Festival and the President of the Board of the Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia.