Private Project

THE PILGRIM

A story about Roman who had a really turbulent life. After he dropped out of medical school, he left to Singapore and became a smuggler. He smuggled people and electronics. When he came back to Poland, he launched a career in a big corporation. His life seemed to finally to be on the right track until he got arrested and accused of crimes he had committed six years earlier. After he was released from prison he decided to start a new life. He became a writer of holy icons and started his pilgrimages across the world. In his own words, he wanted to “purge” himself. A divorced man, father of a twenty-year-old daughter, on a constant pilgrimage to repent for the errors of his past. We meet him when, along with a group of other former convicts, he is planning to walk from Poland to Moscow and back – some 4500 km. Along the way our main hero will face difficult questions and find answers hidden deep inside him. A pilgrimage devised to reconcile the West and East may turn out to be a road to a different kind of reconciliation. This path may lead to an unexpected end, at least from the human point of view of our hero.

  • Pawel Jozwiak-Rodan
    Director
    MY 89 GENERATION, EIGHT9, MY MOM DAD GOD & SATAN
  • Pawel Jozwiak-Rodan
    Writer
    MY 89 GENERATION, EIGHT9, MY MOM DAD GOD & SATAN
  • Piotr Dzieciol
    Producer
    Ida, Inland Empire, The Congress, Edi
  • Pawel Jozwiak-Rodan
    Producer
    MY 89 GENERATION, EIGHT9, MY MOM DAD GOD & SATAN
  • Jacek Gawryszczak
    Producer
    Obywatel, Edi
  • Roman ZIeba
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Road cinema
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Poland
  • Country of Filming:
    Belarus, Poland, Russian Federation, Ukraine
  • Language:
    Polish, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 25th MAN IN DANGER MEDIA FESTIVAL
    LODZ, POLAND
    November 25, 2015
  • 14. Neisse Film Festival
    Mittelherwigsdorf
    Germany
    May 12, 2016
    `German Premiere
  • Great Lake Christian Film Fest
    Buffalo, NY
    United States
    October 21, 2016
  • 9TH COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Big Bear Lake, CA
    United States
    September 25, 2016
    Best International Documentary Film
Director Biography - Pawel Jozwiak-Rodan

He is most known as the author of the script, photos, and director of the documentary "MY MOM DAD GOD AND SATAN” which won numerous international and home awards for as written in the justifications “for best director and master use of social and psychological contrasts and the way to enter the fate of his own family in the history of post-war Polish”. This film was Offical Selected at Camerimage 2008 in Lodz and has received Grand Prix at OFF/ON Festival in Warsaw, and the second Prize at The International Documentary Film Festival DOCUMENTA MADRID in Spain.
Paweł Jóźwiak-Rodan directed also the 30-minutes long film EIGHT9, which has been selected for the competition section East End Film Festival in London and won the Audience Award UNIFEST in Madrid and Best Fiction Film at OSTRAVA FILM
FESTIVAL in Ostrava. His next documentary film AGNIESZKA IS NOT HERE won The best documentary Prize at ZOOM FILM FESTIVAL and Second Prize at OFF CINEMA FESTIVAL in Poznan.
He graduated directing at the Krzysztof Kieslowski's Department of Radio and Television University of Silesia , and film studies at the University of Łódź. Now he is PhD student at Polish National Filmschool in Lodz (PWSTFITV). His interests include film, theater, literature, music and religion, new technology and among his additional skills mentioned editing, computer graphics and animation.
Last year he completed first polish crowdcourced doucmentary MY 89 GENERATION he had worked more than two years which won Best Feature Documentary Award in main category at Columbia Gorge International Film Festival 2015 in USA.
He has just finished a documentary film THE PILGRIM with Opus Film (main producer of Oscar winning "Ida") about ex-prisoner walking by foot from Europe to Moscow.

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