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Witold Bereś

Artur Więcek BaronArtur Więcek „Baron” (b.1967) – is a Polish theater and movie director and chairman of the Poland Makes Sense (Polska ma sens) foundation. His acclaimed debut movie, Angel in Kraków (Anioł w Krakowie, 2002) won several awards, including the Gdynia Movie Festival for the best director debut; and the Viewers’ Award at the Polish Movie Festival in Chicago, Illinois. The movie won four nominations to the Eagle Award, the most renown film industry award in Poland. His other acclaimed movies include Angel in Love (Zakochany Anioł, 2005), Mr Tischner and His Philosophy the Mountain Dialect (2007), and  All Mathew’s Women (2013).

Artur Więcek Baron’s theater work includes Philosophical Cabaret (premiered at the STU Theater in Kraków, 2009), with the script based on Józef Tischner texts. The play, in altered versions, was staged at the Powszechny Theater in Warsaw in 2011, and the National Theater in Szczecin in 2014. His collaboration with the STU Theater also includes Of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Other Psychos (based on Rodrigo Muñoz Avia), and Body Art by Réjane Desvignes.

Artur Więcek Baron’s documentary work includes feature films Goralenvolk and Tischner-A Life in Stories. His TV productions include Conversations for the End of the Century (one season); Philosophy in the Mountain Dialect as Told by Rev. Tischner (TV serial) and a cyclic show The Archive of Polish Cultural Evenets.

 

One of his most acclaimed movies is a documentary Commander Edelman (2008), presented on the Day of the Holocaust by the Bosnia Television Channel One, and at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Motives International Film Festival, the Asolo International Art Festival in Italy, the XVI Jerusalem Film Festival (2009). The movie won the Viewers’ Award at the XV Nurt Festival in Kielce, Poland.

 

Artur Więcek Baron has been awarded with the bronze medal of Gloria Artis (2009), the honorary medal of the Jewish Culture Center—the Judaica Foundation (2009) and the Order of Merit for the Polish Culture (2015).

 

Krzysztof BurnetkoKrzysztof Burnetko (b. 1965), is a Polish journalist, columnist and screenplay writer. He graduated from the law department at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Before 1989, under the Communist regime, he collaborated with the underground publications The Radiants (Promieniści). In 1988-2005 Burnetko worked for the weekly Tygodnik Powszechny, among others as the chief of the political desk. He moved on to the Polityka weekly where his was in charge of the legal and investigative desk. At present Burnetko is a commentator for the Polityka.pl, a part of the Polityka media mix. He is also editor-in-chief of Ski Magazine and the author of the popular ski blog In Snow and Over Snow.

Burnetko authored and coauthored (mostly with Witold Bereś) several books including Not About Politics, Please—The Conversations of The Radiants (Literary Institute, Paris, 1988); From the Summits of NATO—Conversations with Minister of Defense Janusz Onyszkiewicz (1999); Spiritual Rebel—Conversations with Rev. Stanisław Musiał (2006); Kapuściński—The World is All Too Much (2007); Kazik Ratajzer. A Hero in the Shadow (2012); Around Turowicz. The Weekly, the Times, the People 1945-1999 (2012); Andrzej Wajda. A Suspect (2014); Our History. The Tale About the Free Poland (2015); and a number of books about Marek Edelman including Marek Edelman. God is Asleep: the Last Conversations (2010).

Burnetko coauthored the screenplays of the documentaries directed by Artur Więcek Baron, Commander Edelman and Bartoszewski. The Road.

Burnetko wrote several policy and legal reports for the Batory Foundation including The Public Service in the Third Republic. Critical Points (2003), Anti-corruption Policy. The Evaluation of Efficiency of Anti-corruption Policies of The  Polish Governments in 2001-2011.

Burnetko received many awards including the Polcul Foundation Award (1987), the Award of the Polish Journalist Association for “high standards in journalism in substandard times” (1989).

Burnetko was nominated to the Grand Press Award of the Press Monthly in 2003 in the Best Columnist category. He received the Ace of Empik for Kapuściński—The World is All Too Much (2007), the Klio Award from the Historic Book Publishers Association for Marek Edelman. Life. Just Like That (2008)

Burnetko received the Gold Cross of Merit (2011), the Honorary Medal of the Jewish Culture Center-the Judaica Foundation (2013), the Medal of Merit for the Polish Culture (2015), and the Polonia Restituta Cross of Merit (2015).

 

Piotr Uss WąsowiczPiotr Uss Wąsowicz (b.1963) is a commercial photographer, movie production director and cofounder and board member of the World Makes Sense (Świat ma sens) foundation.

He was pivotal in the production of such movies as Angel in Kraków (2002), Angel in Love (2005), Mr Tischner and His Philosophy in the Mountain Dialect (2007), The History of Philosophy in the Mountain Dialect According to Rev. Tischner (TV series) and the documentary Commander Edelman (2008).

 

Witold BereśWitold Bereś (b.1960), columnist, movie producer and screenplay writer with a huge work experience in different media types. Before 1989 he worked for a number of underground publishing ventures. In the 1990s he worked for Tygodnik Powszechny weekly under the renown Polish intellectual and editor Jerzy Turowicz; and also collaborated with the Free Europe radio. He was a commentator for RMF FM, the first private Polish radio station, and a columnist for what then was the largest daily in Poland Gazeta Wyborcza.

Bereś’s television production experience includes the acclaimed Conversations for the End of the Century and Good Books and the serial Philosophy in the Mountain Dialect as Told by Rev. Tischner.

Witold Bereś authored and coauthored over 30 books, including fiction (The 3rd Republic—Rocking the Boat; The Cunning Stories, About Wieliczka and The salt for Adults. His essay works include The Fourth Estate. The Most Important Events of the 3rd Republic. Bereś’s biographical work includes the best seller Tischner—A Life in Stories (which won the Phoenix Award from the Catholic Publishers Association, among others). Among Bereś most acclaimed book-length interviews is Onyszkiewicz—From the Summits of NATO; the bestseller Gen. Kiszczak Says It Nearly All; and Kapuściński—The World is All Too Much.

Witold Bereś’s first books, which were very important for Bereś’s later development, were Not About Politics, Please—The Conversations of The Radiants was  published in 1988 by the Literary Institute in Paris (run by acclaimed  intellectual and emigre Jerzy Giedrojć), Spiritual Rebel—Converstations with Rev. Stanisław Musiał and a set of books about Marek Edelman which won several awards and were translated to a number of languages.

Witold Bereś is a cofounder of a TV production company which made a number of acclaimed feature movies shown through national cinema chains across Poland. Angel in Kraków (2002), Angel in Love (2005, distributed also in the US, Canada and Australia), and  Mr Tischner and His Philosophy in the Mountain Dialect (premiered in 2007 in Los Angeles, California), All Matthew’s Women (2013).

Documentary movies from the Bereś the production company he co-founded, include

Goralenvolk—the Story of Betrayal (2005), Iran. The Daughters of Islam (2005), Commander Eldeman (2008, premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival, and awarded at the Asolo International Art Festival, Italy), Tischner—A Life in Stories (2008); and Bartoszewski. The Road (2012).

Witold Bereś is a co-founder of the World Makes Sense (Świat ma sens) foundation

Witold Bereś has won many acclaimed awards including the Award of the Polcul Foundation (1987), The Award of the Polish Journalist Association for the “high standards in journalism in substandard times” (1989), the Empik Ace Award for Kapuściński. The World Is All Too Much, the Klio Award of the History Book Publishers Guild for Marek Edelman. LIfe. Just Like That (2008).

Witold Bereś has received a number of state medals including The Medal of Merit for the Polish Culture (1999), The Gold Cross of Merit (2011), the Honorary Medal of the Jewish Culture Center—the Judaica Foundation (2013), the Bronze Medal Gloria Artis (2015), the Polonia Restituta Cross of Merit (2015).