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2013 / film / 48:46'

Fire-Followers is a staged documentary about a quiet city in the Nothern Europe. Throughout the ages it has burned regularly. The modern methods helped to protect it from fires so the inhabitants could finally live without thinking that any moment a new catastrophe would appear. However, the fear has never left them anyway. The whole city is talking about a group of respected art historians who believe that the regular destructive fires burning down the museum collections have become the nature of local art. Without the fires, the progress of art would be impossible. In their opinion, if the art heritage is not destroyed, the young artists will not be able to work. The historians think that only fire can help to come out of a deadlock. The residents of the city suspect that the art historians are running a secret organization which aims to set the fires destroying the historical art. The museums, the galleries and the private art collections are all considered to be in danger. People get rid of valuable art pieces to protect their lives and houses, the vicinities of the museums become more and more desolate. There is no proof of the existence of the dangerous secret organisation which everyone is afraid of. Still, the fear and paranoia are growing, casting a shadow on a peaceful city life.


written and directed by Karolina Breguła
cinematography by Robert Mleczko
sound editing by Weronika Raźna
sound mixing by Nicolas Bredin
scenography by Patrycja Rabińska
editing by Stefan Paruch

production by Aleksandra Wojtaszek/touchFILMS and Atlas Sztuki Gallery
partners: Polish Institute in Stockholm, Polish Institute in Paris, Adam Mickiewicz Institute
The film was partly financed from Polish The Ministry of Culture Scholarship