2020 Cinema Eye Honors Weekend | January 4-6, 2020

Symphony for the Ursus Factory

Directed by Jasmina Wojcik Produced by Wojciech Marczewski and Zuzanna Król

SYMPHONY OF THE URSUS FACTORY is a feature-length film involving former workers of Ursus Mechanical Works. The concept of the project rests on former employees of Ursus Factory reenacting their jobs and recalling their memorized actions and sounds related to their daily work, and on using this footage in the film. Recordings of single “work tracks “, composed during workshops with choreographer and composer, will be put together to create a symphony of images, movements and sounds. The film will become a tale of bygone industrial labour, in a unique way (memory of the body) reflecting the memories of the Factory crew. This will help to create an evocative image with a distinctive emotional message, providing a stimulus for reflection on the contemporary transformations of the world of labour. The film will be implemented in a participatory way and immersed in the reality of former employees of Ursus Factory and residents of the district. It will be based on biographies of employees and their personal “work memories” recalled by the reconstruction of their movements made during the production of heavy machinery, as well as their choreographic and musical elaboration accompanied by entering the world of the former factory. Participation in the artistic process will allow former employees to share their memories of working experience in the Factory. The call will be conducted to ensure the diversity of professions, types of work carried out in the factory, and places of residence.