89 mm from Europe

  • Poland
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An impression of a railway station on the border of Poland and Byelorussia, a former Soviet Union. Polish Brzesc-Litevski marks the point where the standard European rail tracks terminate, further to the East they are 89 millimetres wider.

In order for trains to cross the border, rail workers change thousands of wheels for a bigger model, everyday. They are watched through the train windows by French, German and Dutch travellers.

The director builds his film upon this peculiar metaphor derived from the multiplying details of the train change, bringing about a question: where does Europe really end? Do the rails and wheels resemble just the irony of history, or are they a permanent symbol of the divided Christian continent?

The film has won many festival awards and was nominated for Oscar.

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  • Original Title
    89 mm od Europy
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Jacek Petrycki, Arthur Reinhart
  • Editing
    Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk
  • Sound
    Malgorzata Jaworska
  • Runtime
    12 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Awards
    • Nominated for Academy Film Award in 1994

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