Charcoal Burners

Director: Piotr Złotorowicz

Poland, Documentary, 2010, 15 min

Every summer, Marek and Janina work as charcoal burners in the Bieszczady Mountains. Far from civilisation, in the heart of the mountains, they live according to the rhythm set by nature. The film accompanies the characters from dawn till dusk, observing the slow passage of time. The film tells a story about people who chose a simple life.


2011 – Award for Best International Documentary in Guanajuato International Film Festival (Mexico).
2011 – Honourable Mention in Lume International Film Festival (Brazil).
2011 – Best Documentary Film award in Wimbledon Shorts Film Festival (UK).
2011 – Honorary Mention in Berlin Emergeandsee Media Arts Festival (Germany).
2011 – Golden Fox in Paris Semaine du Cinema de Sciences Po (France).
2011 – Grand Jury Award in DC Independent Film Festival (USA).
2011 – Best Documentary in New Mexico Taos Short Film Fest (USA).
2011 – Grand Prix in Poitiers International Film Festival (France).
2011 – Best Documentary in International Regard Saguenay Short Film Festival (France).
2010 – Best Documentary in Beginning International Film Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia).
2010 – Grand Prix in Dijon film Festival (France).
2010 – Best Short Film in Parnu International Documentarily Film Festival (Estonia).

Section: Short film program “Expanded Glimpses“

Screenplay: Piotr Złotorowicz

Dir. of Photography: Malte Rosenfeld

Cast: Grigori Lwowski,
Męski Chór Prawosławny,
Gieorgij Smimow