Še en dan življenja / Jeszcze dzień życia / Another Day of Life

Še en dan življenja / Jeszcze dzień życia / Another Day of Life

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Synopsis

Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, 2018, 86', In English, Polish and Portuguese with Slovenian and English subtitles

Just like the readers of the literary original, the audience will begin their journey with Kapuściński in 1975 Luanda, the capital of Angola. The country is in the midst of decolonization efforts, launched after the success of the Carnation Revolution. Portuguese nationals are hurriedly fleeing the more glamorous districts of Luanda. Terrified by the possibility of a full-on attack on the capital, they’re busy packing their belonging into wooden crates. Shops are closing down, law enforcement is gradually disappearing from the streets, heaps of garbage bags are slowly taking over the Angolan capital. Kapuściński keeps sending daily cables to the Polish Press Agency from the emptying city.

Directed by: Raùl De La Fuente, Damian Nenow
Written by: Raul de la Fuente, David Weber, Amaia Remirez, Niall Johnson, Damian Nenow
Art director: Rafal Wojtunik
Music: Miguel Antonio, Salas Zamora
Sound Design: Régis Diebold, Mathieu Z'graggen
Editing: Raul de la Fuente
Voices: Wilson Benedito, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Akie Kotabe
Producers: Jarek Sawko, Ole Wendorff-Ostergaard, Amaia Remirez, Raul de la Fuente
Production: Platige Image, Kanaki Films
Co-production: Walking the Dog, Wüste Film, Animationsfabrik, Pupperworks
Distribution: Indie Sales


Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932–2007) was one of the 20th century’s principal and most colourful war reporters. He reported on 27 revolutions during his career, was imprisoned 40 times and sentenced to death four times. He was primarily active in Africa as a correspondent for a Polish news agency. When civil war erupted in Angola in 1975, he was the only foreign reporter on the ground. His book Another Day of Life describes how that diamond and oil-rich country was used as a Cold War pawn.

The protagonist – journalist Ryszard Kapuściński – thrown into the maelstrom and chaos of the civil war, tries his best to describe the situation in Angola in his cables to the Polish Press Agency. That's not as simple as it would seem, however. The country is wracked with permanent tension and its citizens feel crippled, paralyzed. The state he and others in Angola find themselves in is best described by the term confusao.
Confusao is a keyword, a synthesis, it's all-encompassing. It carried a distinctive meaning in Angola, a fundamentally untranslatable one.

Kapuscinski’s writing style is subjective, sometimes even surreal. This animated adaptation does complete justice to his form of literary reportage. Hallucinatory impressions of chaotic firefights are recorded in a graphic-novel-like style. Interviews with the main characters were made in real life, 40 years later – some have become successful, others have gone mad. This is a story, but no work of fiction.

Awards and festivals (selection):
- Best Animated Film, Goya Awards 2019
- Best Animated Feature Film, European Film Awards 2018
- Audience Award, Best Basque Screenplay, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018
- Audience Award, Wama Film Festival 2018
- Best Feature Film, Reanimania Int. Animation and Comics Art Festival 2018
- Audience Award, El-Gouna Film Festival 2018

Film info

Directed by: Raùl De La Fuente, Damian Nenow
Production: Platige Image, Kanaki Films
Festival programme: Animated Feature Films
Year: 2018
Length: 86'
Country: Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary