Nie zgubiliśmy drogi

We Haven’t Lost Our Way
Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal’s feature film is a loose adaptation of “Till varmare länder”, a novel by Swedish author P.C. Jersild. The Polish directorial duo follow a man and a woman across separate storylines. Ewa, a translator in her mid-thirties, hardly has any work and can barely keep her head above water. About ten years older than her, Eryk is a Cervantes specialist teaching at a university. Unable to keep himself under control, he loses his job as a result. But there are a few details common to these two plots otherwise running in parallel, such as the black-and-white photograph of a lake or the notebook that Ewa leafs through, which we also see on Eryk’s desk.
In unadorned images, the Sasnals explore just how pared down a narrative can become. A composite of fragmentary scenes, many of which are self-contained rather than fitting into a meaningful whole, the film subtly undermines our faith in the linear flow of time. Yet however easy it is to get lost in Nie zgubiliśmy drogi, there is always the sense that the filmmakers do not stray for a moment from their uncompromising path.
by Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
with Agnieszka Żulewska, Andrzej Konopka, Oskar Hamerski, Małgorzata Zawadzka, Roman Gancarczyk, Rita Sasnal
Poland 2022 Polish 73’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Agnieszka Żulewska
  • Andrzej Konopka
  • Oskar Hamerski
  • Małgorzata Zawadzka
  • Roman Gancarczyk
  • Rita Sasnal

Crew

DirectorAnka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
Written byAnka Sasnal
CinematographyWilhelm Sasnal
EditingAnka Sasnal, Paweł Gardynik
MusicJakub Ziołek
Sound DesignIgor Kłaczyński
SoundIgor Kłaczyński, Jan Moszumański
Production DesignAgata Biskup
CostumesEwelina Gąsior
Make-UpAlexandra Dutkiewicz
CastingŻywia Kosińska-Wdowiak, Anka Sasnal
Assistant DirectorsRadosław Chrześciański, Julia Jendrysik
Production ManagersPaweł Przywara, Ewa Przywara
ProducersAgata Szymańska, Magdalena Kamińska
Executive ProducerPaweł Przywara
Co-ProducersWilhelm Sasnal, Izabela Błaszczyk
Co-ProductionWilhelm Sasnal, Krakau, Polen
Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe, Krakau, Polen

Anka Sasnal

Born in 1973 in Tarnów, Poland. She studied Polish literature and gender studies. Anka Sasnal lives and works in Krakow as a screenwriter, editor and filmmaker. Huba was shown at the 2014 Berlinale Forum.

Filmography (joint films, selection)

1997 Kilkadziesiąt sekund źle wywołanej taśmy filmowej (Several Seconds of Badly Developed Film); 1 min. 2004 Sześć krótkich filmów (Six Short Films); 27 min. 2005 Marfa; 26 min. 2006 Mojave; 7 min. · Widlik (Furcellaria); 10 min. · The Ranch; 37 min. · The River; 23 min. 2007 Let Me Tell You a Film; 11 min. 2008 Drugi kościół (The Other Church); 8 min. · Świniopas (Swineherd); 85 min. 2010 Kacper; 12 min. 2011 Z daleka widok jest piękny (It Looks Pretty from a Distance); 77 min. 2013 Aleksander; 58 min. 2014 Huba (Parasite); 66 min. 2022 Nie zgubiliśmy drogi (We Haven’t Lost Our Way); 73 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022

Wilhelm Sasnal

Born in 1972 in Tarnów, Poland. He studied architecture as well as painting. Wilhelm Sasnal lives and works as a painter and filmmaker in Krakow. Huba was shown at the 2014 Berlinale Forum.

Filmography (joint films, selection)

2004 Sześć krótkich filmów (Six Short Films); 27 min. 2005 Marfa; 26 min. 2006 The Ranch; 37 min. 2008 Świniopas (Swineherd); 85 min. 2011 Z daleka widok jest piękny (It Looks Pretty from a Distance); 77 min. 2013 Aleksander; 58 min. 2014 Huba (Parasite); 66 min. 2022 Nie zgubiliśmy drogi (We Haven’t Lost Our Way); 73 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022