AT 2021 | 86min | black & white | documentary film


Ein Chor, der die Melodie des Mittelmeers singt.
Cine Austriaco


Jola Wieczorek entlockt dem Mittelmeer drei Geschichten. Jessica ist Auszubildende auf einem Frachtschiff, die einzige Frau in der Crew. Die Arbeit ist hart und anstrengend. Die Witwe Amparo begleiten wir auf einer Kreuzfahrt. Alles glitzert und gleißt, sie fügt sich ein in die tanzende Schiffsgesellschaft. Von einem Selbstfindungs-Segeltörn junger Leute aus vier Kontinenten berichtet die dritte Geschichte. Das Mittelmeer, in ruhigen, schwarzweißen Aufnahmen, ist der eigentliche Protagonist. Das unendliche Wasser, der stete Wellengang, der ferne Horizont, die weiße Gischt - sie verknüpfen diese Geschichten und erzählen doch noch viel mehr. (Maria Marchetta) - VIENNALE CATALOGUE TEXT

Every ship is a “reservoir of imagination”. This quote by Michel Foucault floats by at one point in Jola Wieczorek’s STORIES FROM THE SEA. A ship is a little world in motion. The Joanna Borchard, for example, moves across the Mediterranean sea. Casablanca, Barcelona, Marseille, Haifa. One member of its crew is somehow special: Jessica is a rare female apprentice in a world that can be considered “probably the most chauvinist domain”.
That is another quote in STORIES FROM THE SEA, which comes from a woman on another ship. The Viva & Tanimar seems like a vessel for an utopian way of traveling on water. A community of people from all over the world shares a ship and an idea: the Mediterranean as a common space of humanity. Amparo from Valencia, a passenger on the cruise ship Costa Diadema, would probably subscribe to that idea too.
Wieczorek weaves together stories of women at sea, and explores as much a state of place as one of mind. Crossing Stromboli at one point, the sea and the volcano united in the diaphanous black and white imagery of Serafin Spitzer, the movie recalls those times of imagining a life within sublime nature, while Jessica’s chores and Amparo’s idle days on her cruise are also elevated by the surrounding elements. (Bert Rebhandl) - VIENNALE CATALOGUE TEXT

See also some stories “Behind the film”.

World Premiere at Viennale Film Festival (Austria)
International Premiere at Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis - Max Ophüls Film Preis for "Best Music in a documentary" (Julia Kent)
Asian Premiere at Ulju Mountain Film Festival (Corea)
Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film (Austria)
Crossing Europe Film Festival - Local Artist Award (Austria)
Ethnocineca - International Documentary Film Festival Vienna (Austria)
IBAFF - Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia (Spain)
Kunstfilmfest MK - Schwerin (Germany)
SoleLuna Doc Film Festival Palermo - Soundrivemotion Award for Best Music and Sounddesign (Italy)
Cinema in Cantina Treviso (Italy)
Cine de Verano Madrid (Spain)

  • PRESS:
    Cinema Austriaco, 28.10.2021
    Cineeuropa, 27.10.2021
    FM4, 20.5.22
    Der Standard, 18.5.22, 8.4.22

    Writer / Director / Producer: Jola Wieczorek
    Production: Fahrenheit Films
    Director of Photography: Serafin Spitzer
    Film Editing: Rubén Rocha
    Consulting Editors: Niels Pagh Andersen, Anne Fabini
    Line Producer: Hanne Lassl
    Sound: Eva Hausberger, Nora Czamler, Benedikt Palier
    Sound Design: Nora Czamler
    Sound Mixing: Bernhard Maisch / Tremens Film Soundstudios
    Composer: Julia Kent
    Artwork & Title Design: Jordi Oms
    Very Special Thanks: Freibeuter Film

    Running Time: 86min
    Original Language: German, English, Tagalog, Spanish, Italian
    Subtitles: English, German
    Shooting location: Mediterranean Sea
    Shooting format: 3K, black and white
    Screening format: DCP
    Sound format: Dolby Surround 5.1
    Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
    Distribution AT:
    Stadtkino Filmverleih
    Festival Sales: Sixpack films

    Viennale International Film Festival 2021 - World Premiere

    Bundeskanzleramt für Kunst und Kultur, Land Oberösterreich

    Start-Stipendium des Bundeskanzleramtes für Filmkunst
    East Doc Platform / Institute of Documentary Films
    Rough Cut Service


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    AT 2024 | approx. 90min | color | documentary film in production


    DAYS YET UNKNOWN unfolds as a cinematic mosaic, tracing the journey of my family's immigration from Poland to Austria in 1989, marked by our passage through the Traiskirchen refugee camp. The film essay weaves together intimate conversations, letters, staged scenes, archival footage, and the resonance of my personal narrative. It not only chronicles our passage from East to West, but also explores the nature of remembering, inviting viewers to contemplate on the multifaceted effects of migration and the inherent challenges of forging a new home.


    Writer / Director
    : Jola Wieczorek
    Production: Fahrenheit Films e.U.
    Producer: Jola Wieczorek
    Line producer: Hanne Lassl
    Camera: Serafin Spitzer, Klemens Koscher
    Editing: Kasia Boniecka, Rubén Rocha
    Dramaturgy: Nina Kusturica
    Production Assistant: Marcin Ratajczak



    ES 2016 | 25min | collective film 

    An initiative of Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona.

    In the aftermath of the death of the filmmaker Chantal Akerman on October 5th, 2015 ten directors remember, rethink and reoccupy in their own way the imagination of the Belgian director. A small collective tribute from Barcelona and Iruña, made with love.

    Blanca A. Mató, Maddi Barber, Mar Cianuro, Alba Cros, Ariadna Guiteras, Xian Gómez-Díay, Irati Gorostidi Agirretxe, Cristina Pastrana, Francina Ribes, Jola Wieczorek

    You can stream the full version of Akerman, un recuerdo on Filmin.

    Chantal Akerman, un record - News from home from MostraFilmsDones on Vimeo.


    PT/AT 2015 | 16mm | 39 min | documentary

    O que resta is a dream. A barely 40-minute, dusky dream: the kind that you have no idea of who or what you were in it when you describe it later. Were you the one who was looking? Or the person being looked at? Were you the hearing, movement, breathing? After all, you were there! And while you recall the emotion felt in the dream clearer and clearer, the concrete elements slip away. The body and subjects, it seems, were only forced in place anyway. Spreading out in the empty space behind: affect.

    Jola Wieczorek’s film O que resta comprises three acts: in the first, the picture remains black while a voice reads. A son out in the field writes to his mother, fearful that he will not return home. The camera pans, while further letters follow, about the polished floors of an old apartment in Lisbon. The movement is oriented backward, a receding, perhaps a departure from these heavily memory-loaden walls with their copper etchings and photographs. In the second act, an elderly woman prepares for a visit. Her movements are routine and weary, she’s done them a thousand times: putting out the coffee pot, smoothing the bed cover. What would the cover und kettle be without her hand? In the third act, the future of the second becomes a certainty: the movers come and marks remain from cupboards that have been moved away from the wall. A young man writes from England. His first journey abroad, he is excited: girls wear short bathing suits.

    Who are you in this cinematic dream situated in multiple times? The boy, the girl, the elderly woman who once received the letter? Or the young couple with the child whom the real-estate agent shows through the apartment? What remains is a film image of empty rooms, sunlit for the first time: and a final, mechanical pan of the camera to a framed picture that no longer hangs on the wall.
    (Maya McKechneay / Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt)

    Director & Producer: Jola Wieczorek
    Produktion: DocNomads
    Director of photography: Rita Laranjeira
    Writer: Jola Wieczorek, Margarida Cardoso
    Tutor: Margarida Cardoso
    Line Producer: Angela Sequeira
    Production Assistant: Silvia Coelho
    Camera Assistant: Soraia Rego, Miguel Reis, Gonçalo Dias, Joana Magalhães
    Steadycam: Samuel Tavares
    Editing: Jola Wieczorek
    Color Correction: Marco Amaral
    Visual Effects: Rui Braz, Diana Pacheco
    Direct Sound: José Sequeira, Asia Dér, Luis Luz, Jola Wieczorek
    Sound design and mixing: Júlio Pereira
    Poster Design: Fatima Moreno

    Sixpack Film

    68th Locarno Film Festival
    Crossing Europe
    Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival
    Framout, Vienna

    4x2 Dokumentarfilmtage IV, Vienna
    Österreichische Kurzfilmschau 2016
    IIFF - International Intangible Heritage Film Festival
    dot dot dot short film festival, Vienna
    Curt'Arruda Film Festival

    Nomination Silver Eye Award at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2015
    Nomination for the Prémio Sophia Estudante by the Academia Portuguesa de Cinema.

    Der Standard, 19th of March 2015
    indieWIRE, 6th of November 2015


    BE/AT 2015 | Super 8 + HD | 9 min | short documentary

    Triggered by the large number of Polish people living in Brussels, I question my identity and write a letter to my Polish alter ego.
    "List do Polski / Letter to Poland" is a journey back to childhood – to Poland – and the search for an answer to the question: What would be, if we would have never migrated? Who would I be then?
    Looking for an answer I discover my own stereotypes against Poland.

    You can stream and watch LIST DO POLSKI on the online channel Doc Alliance.

    Crossing Europe, Linz 2015 (AUSTRIA)
    Vienna Independent Shorts, Vienna 2015 (AUSTRIA)
    Dokufest, 2015 (KOSOVO)
    Doclisboa, Lisbon 2015 (PORTUGAL)
    Balkan Beyond Borders, Thessaloniki 2015 (GREECE)
    Fluchtfilmtage, Vienna 2015 (AUSTRIA)
    Club der polnischen Versager, Berlin, 2015 (GERMANY)
    Busan International Short Film Festival , 2016 (COREA)
    Febio Fest, Bratislava 2016 (SLOVAKIA)
    dot dot dot short film festival, Vienna 2016 (AUSTRIA)
    Liebes Wedding, Filmabend, Berlin 2016 (GERMANY)

    BEST AUSTRIAN NEWCOMER AWARD at the Vienna Indpendent Shorts 2015
    Nomination for Silver Eye Award at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2016 (CZECH REPUBLIC)
    Part of the East Silver Caravan 2016

    Writer / Director / Editor / Sound Design: Jola Wieczorek
    Camera: Jola Wieczorek, Wiesława Wieczorek
    Film Poster: Jordi Oms