Love Express. Przypadek Waleriana Borowczyka

Directed by Kuba Mikurda
Poland, Estonia | 72 min | 2018 | documentary on cinema | English, Polish, French, Italian

A documentary celebrating the work of Walerian Borowczyk, a director of unparalleled sensitivity, revered in the 1970s, who was later labelled as a maker of erotic movies.

Love Express. The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk features interviews with his closest collaborators, filmmakers and leading intellectuals who put his work into perspective, including Terry Gilliam, Bertrand Bonello, Neil Jordan, Andrzej Wajda, Patrice Leconte & Slavoj Žižek. It offers a rare insight into Walerian Borowczyk’s work and poses questions about artistic freedom. This unique artistic chronicle sheds light on his professional philosophy and artistic achievements and investigates how does one get from creating cutting-edge work and competing in Cannes to being labelled an erotic filmmaker? 

Featuring: Noel Very, Andrzej Wajda, Terry Gilliam, Neil Jordan, Patrice Leconte, Cherry Potter, Mark Cousins, Bertrand Mandico, Bertrand Bonello, Slavoj Zizek, Lisbeth Hummel & Thierry Bazin

Director: Kuba Mikurda
Script: Kuba Mikurda, Marcin Kubawski
Cinematogrpahy: Piotr Stasik, Radosław Ładczuk
Editing: Marek Kralovsky, Jan Młynarski, Michał Poddębniak
Music: Stefan Wesołowski
Producers: Katarzyna Siniarska, Danuta Krasnohorska (CoLab Pictures)

Co-production companies: HBO Europe, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Maagiline Masin, Otter Films
Co-funded by the Polish Film Institute and the Estonian Film Institute (Eesti Filmi Instituut).

  • Kuba Mikurda
    Kuba Mikurda

Festivals & Awards
Millennium Docs Against Gravity – in competition

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Kuba Mikurda

Kuba Mikurda (born 1981) is a film scholar and filmmaker based in Warsaw, Poland. He started as a film critic, journalist and publisher, then worked as TV director and „Film News” talk show presenter for Canal+ Poland.

Mikurda has studied psychology (MA, 2006) and philosophy (PhD, 2012). He works as an Assistant Professor at Film School in Łódz. He has delivered a number of guest lectures abroad,including British Film Institute and Tate Modern in London and Volksbühne in Berlin. He has been a student of the maverick philosopher & psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek and written a thick book about his work.

Mikurda is fascinated by the idea of mixing film practice & research – he has explored various forms of visual film analysis, including graphic novel, found footage film, instalation and performance (as a creative duo with visual artist Jakub Woynarowski). Every time he falls in love with a film, he wants to share it with a largest number of people – this is how he initiated & co-edited books on Terry Gilliam, Brothers Quay, Guy Maddin, Tsai Ming-liang and, last but not least, Walerian Borowczyk.

Mikurda has been five times nominated for Polish Film Institute Award (category „film book”and „TV/radio show”) and won the Polish edition of British Council’s „International Young Screen Entrepreneur”.

2018 Love Express. The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk