The Successful Premiere
LIGHTCHASERS is captivating, intriguing, and beautifully filmed.
By Malgorzata P. Bonikowska
When director Rafal Sokolowski stood in front of the audience prior to the premiere of his film debut, he must have felt a great deal of satisfaction. The theatre of the Innis Town Hall was nearly full. He must have felt even more satisfied after the screening when his film met with thunderous applause.
The 15-minute short LIGHTCHASERS won the hearts of the premiere audience. Long after it ended, I overheard many compliments in the theatre’s lobby.
LIGHTCHASERS is captivating, intriguing, and beautifully filmed. It is made with great attention to detail and flawless execution. It is played strongly by an impressive cast: Brent Carver, Wendy Lyon, and young, today only 15 years old, Stephen Suckling. The film has a powerful original score composed by Ivo Paunov, with whom Rafal has collaborated for over a decade. It was on their trip to Equador that Rafal ‘dreamt’ this story.
Indeed, the film has a dreamy feel. This is largely due to its style, the camera work, the colors, and the music, and especially because of its unique locations, all of which create the effect of dreamlike reality. There are no words in the script. The story is narrated entirely through the image. In Rafal Sokolowski’s capable hands, images, sounds, and music tell a far richer story than elaborate dialogue.
It is a story that allows everyone to find their own interpretation. Everyone gets something unique and personal from interacting with the film. It is a story of accidents and intertwining human narratives, where seemingly small events produce grand changes in the lives of the characters. And in their lives we quickly recognize our own. This is a story defying fate and absolutes even in the most conclusive moments. Here, seemingly irreversible and tragic situations turn like a card and reveal optimism and beauty on the other side.
This spiritually upholding message is emphasized through the potent symbols created by the director’s rich imagination. There is an empty road full of turns and ups and downs, there is a serene crossroads, a blind boy with a white dog. It is all emotionally charged and multi layered in its meaning. The images and scenes linger on, the feelings and thoughts inspired by them continue to unveil long after the credits have ended.
LIGHTCHASERS is honest, original, and thought provoking. It has all the characteristics of a film that can bring home many festival awards. I wish the film and its creators the best of luck while I anticipate with excitement Rafal’s next project. He is a young, but already mature artist.
Toronto, Gazeta, March 5th, 2007
Three independant directors passionately
defy the odds
By Jonah Bettio
Three independant directors passionately defy
By Jonah Bettio
Independent film isn’t a genre or a style
it’s a reality: one that requires a dedicated
and unique approach to filmmaking. Indie directors
are passionate about their work and are willing
to sacrifice put in extra work and explore new
ways of creating and financing their films in
order to translate their artistic vision to the