The Coal’s Daughter

Olivia in her twenties, persuaded by her mother, starts a blue-collar job in the local coalmine. In joining one of the harshest industries, she follows the long-standing family tradition. Aside from its physical demands, the job requires Olivia to hold her own in a traditionally male environment.
Choosing her future path, the young woman is torn between mordernity, represented by her sister, and the tradition Olivia’s mother urges her to keep up. The story centres around Olivia’s dilemma, evoking the impending nature of what is inescapable in her life and the burden of knowing that she may well belong to the last generation working in the coalmine industry.
The film is crafted in the style of a novel, with its inevitable sequence of seasons, accompanied by the music of Max Richter.
The coalmine and its workers are elevated to the role of the film’s protagonist and the visuals are reminiscent of a 19th century setting. The project comes from director former visual artist so visual language divides world onto the heavy and industrial one and the home like sphere.
So this story of the culture and mining tradition that due to climate changes and decisions to limit the fossil fuels fades away and this generation of women working in the mines may be the last one.

  • Aneta Elzbieta Nowicka (spelled Novitzka)
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  • Jacek Kucharski
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    1 hour 6 minutes
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    July 31, 2023
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    80,000 USD
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Director Biography - Aneta Elzbieta Nowicka (spelled Novitzka)

Aneta Nowicka (Novitzka) went on along journey from visual art, art video to documentary filmmaking.
As an artis she won the First Prize in the category of Photography at Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina with her project ICONS. She received Honorable Hention during another Biannale of Art in Versilia and several Honorable Mentions from International Photography Contest. She received travel grant from national newspaper Gazeta and Kulczyk Investment Foundation to spend mentoring session in LA by mentor from Netflix.
She have had exhibitions in Berlin, Warsaw, Buenos Aires, New York, during Cannes Art Fair and Miami ArtSpectrum.
In the last year, her short video art "Dairy of the body" was presented in Florence.
Now she is focused on human being while directing documentaries.
The “Coal daughter” is her first feature documentary.

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Director Statement

The movie "The Coal’s daughter" went through lot's of transformations. From choosing the characters, through gathering the film crew focusing on the same values: visually, technically and dramaturgically.
We did focus on a journey of our main character, young Olivia, who full of enthusiasm enters the world of coal mine. But we also understood how the coal-mine as a one of characters enriches the movie by it's unconventional beauty and it's dark side. We did take the challenge of finding the locations and filming the same landscapes during four seasons. We did it not just to give the sense of time passing but also to be able to depict conflicts; whether Olivia accepts to repeat her mother's path or not, the four seasons in this concept reflect her journey.
We also wanted to show probably the last generation of women working in those sorting departments and their life's paths even if they may remain relict of former epoch. It is worth mentioning, that in this both observational and creative documentary we do not judge the Olivia. We just follow her and her choices.
We did also wanted this picture to talk about the family tradition, a heritage uneasy to free from.