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Danusia and her daughter Basia live outside the modern world, in communion with nature among animals and the spirits of the dead. Self-sufficient women who ride bikes instead of broomsticks, lay with dogs, cats, cows and goats, and perform rituals from bonfires to Christian candle magic, they co-exist among gods new and old. On the surface, nothing seems to happen. A hazy, smoky ambience masks their daily monotony, but beneath the façade roils a longing for contact. Conjuring the dread of The Witch and the timelessness of a Grimm's fairy tale, this observation of presence—seen, unseen and all-seeing—invites the curiosity of the viewer. But are we expected guests or uninvited intruders? A mysterious and circular film dripping with innuendo and things left unsaid, Bucolic uses artful cinematography and a standout soundtrack to invoke an atmosphere of suspension and expectation while documenting a visitation that challenges our reliance and trust in things seen and heard. Angie Driscoll

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Karol Palka
  • Producer(s)

    • Wojciech Marczewsk
  • Writer(s)

    • Karol Palka
  • Editor(s)

    • Katarzyna Boniecka
  • Cinematography

    • Karol Palka
  • Composer

    • Saric
  • Sound

    • Anna Rok

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