Birds Are Singing in Kigali

2017/Color/117 mins/Poland




Category International Competition: Innovation in Moving Images
Director Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Producer Joanna Kos-Krauze
Screenplay Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Cinematography Krzysztof Ptak, Jozefina Gocman, Wojciech Staron
Editor Katarzyna Lesniak
Music Pawe? Szymanski
Set Claudine Murenzi, Agnieszka Zawadowska
Costume Claudine Murenzi, Agnieszka Zawadowska
Cast Jowita Budnik (Anna Keller), Eliane Umuhire(Claudine Mugambira), Witold Wielinski (Witek), Ciza Remy Muhirwa (Jean Paul), Anna Ilczuk (Falska), Herve Kimenyi Rutaremara (Sebastian), Didacienne Nibagwire (Marie-Christne),
Production Company KOSFILM
World Sales NA
Festival/Awards NA

We meet ornithologist Anna in 1994 just as genocide is raging in Rwanda, perpetrated by the majority Hutus against the Tutsis. Anna manages to save the daughter of a colleague whose family has been murdered, and she takes her to Poland. But the woman returns to Rwanda to visit the graves of her loved ones. The director originally worked on the movie with her husband Krzysztof Krauze (My Nikifor-Crystal Globe, KVIFF 2005), but after his death in 2014 she eventually finished this challenging picture alone.

Director:
Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Joanna Kos-Krauze, director, screenwriter, and producer, president of the Directors' Guild of Poland, member of the European Film Academy and the Polish Film Academy. Starting in the mid-1990s she gained professional filmmaking experience as a second unit director and head of casting. The turning point in her career came with projects she took on with her husband, respected director and screenwriter Krzysztof Krauze (1953, Warsaw - 2014, Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland).

Selected Filmography:
1988 - New York, 4 a.m.
1996-Street Games
1999 - The Debt
2004 - My Nikifor
2006 - Saviour Square