Please Find - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (2012)


Bridging Europe 2018: The Baltics and Poland. Documentary film.

Saturday 22 September 2018, 4:00 pm

Müpa, Előadóterem

1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.

The title of the film by Violetta Rotter-Kozera from TVP Katowice, "Please Find - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki” refers to the wave of extraordinary popularity of Górecki in the early 1990s, when his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, recorded by London Sinfonietta under David Zinman with the well-known American soprano Dawn Upshaw, became a hit in the British and American music charts.

'This music moved many people all over the world, who then began writing to Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. They did not know his address and only wrote his name correctly, adding Poland, or Katowice, Poland, and making a note for the post office: please find,' explained Rotter-Kozera.

In the film she tells the story of one of the senders, a teenage girl, who was burned in a fire in which her mother and sister died. She was saved by her father, who jumped out with her from the third floor. She was in such a serious condition that it took her a whole day to write the letter. In her letter she told the composer that his music was the only reason for her to stay alive.

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's wife allowed the director to access the document archive, which had been carefully arranged by the maestro. Górecki's wife herself speaks in the film, just like their children, who also took the musical path - their daughter Anna is a pianist, and their son Mikołaj a composer.

The documentary was shot in Poland, the United States, Switzerland, Holland, France and Denmark. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki is recollected by Peter Weir, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Wojciech Waglewski, David Zinman, Antoni Wit, and musicians from Lamb and the Kronos Quartet. 'I remember my first meeting with Górecki. Everything I had read about Beethoven came to my mind,' David Harrington, the founder of the famous quartet, relates in the film.

'In the film I am trying to touch on the phenomenon of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's universal music, not explain it, because it is a mystery,' stressed the director.

Commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme and POLSKA 100 - the international cultural program celebrating 100 years of Polish Independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2021.

In Polish with Hungarian subtitles.