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Reality Shock

Reality Shock
Scene from "Reality Shock" (photo © Stanislaw Mucha, 2005)

With Reality Shock, an absurd documentary comedy from the Polish primeval forest, Stanislaw Mucha finalizes his East European trilogy. After Absolut Warhola and The Center, Reality Shock shows a wonderful and worldly innocent group of people who, through political and economic changes and the eastern enlargement of the EU, have been ripped out of their isolation and stagnancy. Worried, perplexed and even indifferent, they test the contact to a “new era” – in their own whimsical way. In a stinky Lenin-bar, among good-humored gravediggers, promising kindergarten children, and plump little trolls, the director comes across a group of "strangers" to whom the concept of Europe seems just as alien as the UFO that once landed in their midst.


Stanislaw Mucha was born in 1970 in Nowy Targ/Poland. He studied Acting at the Ludwik Solski Drama School in Cracow, graduating with an M.A. in 1993. He then joined Cracow\'s Old Theatre. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and studied Film Directing at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B), which he concluded in 2000. His films include: the documentaries Polish Passion (Polnische Passion, 1996/1997), Back Home to the Reich with Bubi (Mit Bubi heim ins Reich, 2000), Absolut Warhola (2001), The Center (Die Mitte, 2004), Reality Shock (2005), and his feature debut Hope (2007).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Director Stanislaw Mucha
Screenplay Stanislaw Mucha
Cinematography Krzysztof Pakulski
Bogdan Saganowski, Jacek Tarasiuk
Billy's Band
Producer Stanislaw Mucha
Production Company Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop/Warsaw for Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 79 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Polish/Russian/German
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2005 (Documentary Competition), Rio 2005, Hof 2005, FID Marseille 2006

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