Scene from the film Superunit
Scene from the film Superunit
Scene from the film Superunit
Scene from the film Superunit
Scene from the film Superunit
Scene from the film Superunit
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"We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us." Winston Churchill

Is it possible to change people’s lives with an idea? Architect Le Corbusier thought that numbers, measures and plans can do just that. He called his buildings “machines for living”, designed to fulfill all of the basic human needs. Superunit in Katowice is one of several trails to bring his idea to life in the 20th century. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of this huge block. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superunit and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true... or not.

762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Teresa Czepiec
  • Cinematography
    Paweł Dyllus
  • Editing
    Jerzy Zawadzki
  • Sound
    Krzysztof Ridan
  • Runtime
    20 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 18th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2014
    • "Youth and Film" Festival, Koszalin, 2014
    • ALCINE45, Alcala de Henares, Spain, 2015
    • MiradasDOC, Spain, 2015
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK, 2015
    • International Film Festival Camerimage, Poland, 2014
    • DOK. Leipzig, Germany, 2014
    • It's All True - International Documentary FF, Brasil, 2015
  • Awards
    • ALCINE45, Alcala de Henares, Spain, 2015 - Award for the Best Short Film
    • It's All True - International Documentary FF, Brasil, 2015 - Best Short Documentary
    • IFF Anchorage, 2015 - 2nd Prize for Best Short Documentary
    • Huesca International Film Festival - Special Mention
    • Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen - Special Mention
    • Festival Internacional de Cinema Universitario de Pernambuco "MOV" - "Best Creation of Atmosphere" Award
    • Astra Film Festival, Romania, 2015 - Best Cinematography
    • Perugia Social Film Festival "PerSo" - Perso Masterpiece Award is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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