A Game

short-film – 2008, 37 min.


Two groups met in Dłużewo, Poland – one, „the Poles”, the other being “the Germans”. “The Poles” comprised entirely of students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. “The Germans” were a group of artists from Berlin of different nationalities. The groups didn’t know each other.

They met to play a game “the Germans” have played before in Berlin. Both events were initiated by Artur Żmijewski who also took part in them. The only rule was: no verbal communication.

This is a subjective presentation of the events. It is not a documentary.

„A Game“ is included in the Filmoteka of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

The Museum of Modern Art writes:

„A Game by Adam Janisch – the youngest representative of the famous “Kowalnia” (Prof. Grzegorz Kowalski’s workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw) and graduate of the feature film programme at Andrzej Wajda Master School of Directing – is a record of the situation arranged by Artur Żmijewski at the plein air in Dłużewo in 2008. The eponymous game is played out between the group of “Poles”, comprising students of Warsaw’s Academy, and “Germans” – artists living in Berlin (among them Żmijewski). Like in many other games at Kowalnia, the only rule is that communication be non-verbal. Żmijewski creates a situation which unleashes aggression, war allusions and gestures, sense of threat and enslavement among the participants. The game lasts for five days and consists of eight sessions. However, the discomfort of some participants leads to its untimely end. Janisch taps into the method of simultaneous projection of three takes and presents the situation from various points of view. Thus, he modifies perspectives and time lapses, which may equally well disturb the viewer’s perception as enrich it.“