8-years-old Janek has just moved from Poland to the Argentine countryside with his family. Here he meets Marcia, his intrepid adventure partner in this beautiful coming-of-age story shot on film.
AWARDS: Golden Horn. Cracow IDFF/ Silver Dove Award. DOK Leipzig/ Best Director. Festival dei Popoli/ Special Mention. Plus camerimage/ Grand Prix. Guangzhou International DFF/ Chicago 24. Polish Film Festival in America. Grand Prix/ Best Film. Detour. International Travel Film Festival/ Grand Prix. Minsk International Film Festival Listapad/ Winner. Docudays UA International Human Rights DFF/ Best Film. Batumi International Art-House Film Festival/ Special Mention. MiradasDoc/ Best Film. dokumentART IFF/ Spotlight Award. Cinema Eye Honors/ Finalist prize. New York Festival
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Argentinian Lesson. A coming-of-age story in the Argentinian countryside
With lush and intimate photography, Wojciech Staron documents his family’s move from Poland to Argentina.
Struggling to adapt in a foreign country, his 8-year-old son Janek finds a friend in Marcia, a grounded 11-year-old Argentinean of Polish descent.
With a strength and determination well beyond her years, Marcia must help make ends meet while holding her family together. A coming-of-age story uniquely cross-cultural and universal, Janek and Marcia go on adventures throughout the Argentinian countryside together finding work and exploring the beauty of nature around them.