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Argentinian lesson

Camera of Wojciech Staroń observes the familiy's move from Poland to Argentina. Film tells emotional story about friendship of two children from completely different realities.

“Enthralling... as rewardingly rich, complex and heartbreaking as any fiction.” — Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“Staron's gift for finding magical moments is simply breathtaking, giving the viewer an occasional dose of delicately observed humanity one expects from the great cinematic capturers of ethereal beauty and human foible (Burnette, Malick, Almendros etc.)” — Brandon Harris, The Filmmaker Magazine

  • Wojciech Staroń
  • Wojciech Staroń
  • Małgorzata Staroń
  • Marcia Majcher, Janek Staron
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2011
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Polish, Spanish
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Spotlight Award, Cinema Eye, 2013
  • Award of the Polish Association of Cinematographers (PSC), Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
  • Best Creative Documentary, MakeDox, Macedonia, 2012
  • Best Documentary Film Award, Chicago Polish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Grand Prize, Let's CEE Documentary Film Festival, Austria, 2012
  • Best International Medium-Length Film, RIDM, Canada 2012
  • Golden Horn for the Director of the Best Film, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
  • Documentary Fortnight, MoMA, USA, 2012
  • Student Jury Award, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
  • Award for the Best Cinematography, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
  • Silver Dove Award, DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2011
  • Grand Prix, LISTAPAD International Film Festival, Belarus, 2011
  • The Best Director Prize, Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy, 2011
  • Grand Prize, International Documentary Film Festival in Guangzhou, China, 2011
  • Golden Frog, Plus Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Director Biography - Wojciech Staroń

Wojciech Staroń

„The true human drama and true emotions cannot be created or pretended, never in a documentary film. It should arise from the life itself, and my job is to transform it into a film in a way like it is"

Born in 1973 in Poland. Polish documentary filmmaker and cinematographer.

Graduated from the Cinematography Faculty of the Film School in Łódź.

Among his most well-know films as a director are :

Siberian Lesson (1998)

Argentinian Lesson (2011 )

For a while (2015)

Brothers (2015)

Director od photography – selection:

Dawn (2015)

The Wall (2014)

Refugiado (2014)

Papusza (2013)

El premio (2011)

In 2011, he received the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the 61st Berlinale for his camera work in Paula Markovitch's feature EL PREMIO.

All films won numerous awards in Poland and internationally.

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