After the Apocalypse is a film record of the architectural and emotional skyline of the Polish capital. The experience of moving in time to the ruined city in 1945 makes it possible to place in the landscape of Warsaw these views that don’t fit with each other – a sea of ruins and today’s skyscrapers.
After the Apocalypse isn’t just an attempt to show the tragic landscape of the annihilation, but also an attempt to reconstruct the classic debate about Warsaw, its architecture and shape today. The discussion of the foundations of modernity and modernisation carries within itself the universal question of the boundaries of possible change and human needs.
The Twenty-First century did not bring an end to the sight of cities ruined by war: Aleppo, Grozny and Kabul, to name a few. But what happens to a city wiped out by war? Should it be rebuilt or not? Not long ago in Europe, a capital city almost vanished. Warsaw in 1945 was almost entirely destroyed. The contemplative 360° experience "After the Apocalypse" examines the miracle of the rebuilding of Warsaw, a city where life is back nowadays. What scars did its reconstruction leave in people’s minds? What emotions accompanied the unprecedented reconstruction of the city so filled with hope?
The watercolour painting by Tytus Brzozowski made for the movie
(2016) • 6 min. • 360° • Poland
UHD Colour Image • Ambisonic sound • Format 360 • 60 FPS • Original version in polish language
Screenplay: Beata Chomątowska, Miłosz Hermanowicz, Jan Mencwel • Director: Miłosz Hermanowicz • DP: Yann Seweryn • Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk • Watercolour paintings: Tytus Brzozowski
PRODUCTION: Dom Spotkań z Historią i Wolskie Centrum Kultury • Producer: Hanna Radziejowska