Fear of Falling

Lęk wysokości, 2011, 90 min.

Fear of Falling (2011)

International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
Special Mention of the International Jury for the Cinematographer Piotr Niemyjski

Mumbai Film Festival
The Silver Gateway Award

Gdynia Polish Film Festival
Best Directorial Debut for Bartosz Konopka;
Best Make-up Award for Janusz Kaleja


Director Bartosz Konopka
Screenplay Piotr Borkowski, Bartosz Konopka
Cinematography Piotr Niemyjski
Music Maciej Cieslak
Art Director Elwira Pluta
Producers Jacek Bromski, Dariusz Gajewski, Ewa Jastrzebska
Tomek Marcin Dorocinski
Tomek’s Father Krzysztof Stroinski
Tomek’s Mother Dorota Kolka
Ewa, Tomek’s Wife Magdalena Poplawska
Doctor Druch Anna Dymna
Malik Mieczyslaw Grabka
It is quite clear that the harsh, quick-tempered and choleric old man needs his son, Tomek. He needs him just as Tomek as a small boy needed his father and loved him. A father who, despite his fear of heights, went on great mountain climbing trips with his boy, as the film depicts in suggestively staged flashbacks.

In this fight of a son for his father, Bartosz Konopka creates scenes and images, the likes of which have not been seen in the cinema since Kieslowski’s Decalogue cycle. Raw, unsettling pictures of a search for a father, the visual intensity and emotional power of which remain long in the memory.