Fri Oct 21, 10:30 AM
Director: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski
Poland, Germany
85 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A generation confronting their war trauma.

In the months leading up to the full-scale Russian invasion, five young Ukrainians prepare to stage a theatre production combining the core themes of Hamlet with their combat experiences in the ongoing war between the two countries since the revolution of 2014. This confronting yet crucial observational documentary captures with raw immediacy the testimony of a generation caught in the eye of the cyclone of history.  Professional costume designers and actors who became medics and soldiers process their trauma through workshopping performances and sharing their brutal memories and physical scars. More than just therapeutic, the process is a transcendent exploration of whether to love or to hate, to forgive or to avenge, to live or to die.

“We came to the conclusion that the archetypal figure of Hamlet—a twenty-something boy whose life suddenly collides with a brutal struggle for power in his homeland—is a parallel for describing the dilemmas of a large part of the politically engaged young Ukrainian generation.” (Co-director Piotr Rosolowski)

Winner of the Golden Hobby-Horse, Krakow Film Festival (2022)
Winner, Roman Brodmann Prize, The Documentary House and Institute for Media and Communication Policy (2022).

The Sunday screening will be followed by a special Q&A with The Hamlet Syndrome's director Elwira Niewiera, hosted by acclaimed SA director Chris Drummond (Brink Productions).
They will discuss the intersectional capacity of theatre and documentary to create powerful works about contemporary trauma, as well as advocacy documents for critical issues. Elwira will also
discuss the processes including how they managed rehearsals to produce this ground- breaking screen work. 
Attendance is free with a ticket to The Hamlet Syndrome

More information about this special event here

Premiere Australian
Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Subtitles English
Director Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski
Producer Magdalena Kaminska, Agata Szymanska, Andreas Bank, Matthias Miegel, Robert Thalheim
Cinematographer Piotr Rosołowski
Editor Agata Cierniak
Music Jan Miserre, John Gürtler