December 2, 2021


“Leader is an attempt to showcase how modern times can change the relationship quotient between men and women generally. Primarily it tries to portray women only from the perspective of men,” said producer of the movie Korek Bojanowski while addressing a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa today. Leader, a Polish film, is Bojanowski’s debut production and he was joined by the Cinematographer of the film Grzegorz Hartfiel.

Throwing light on the very idea of this fast paced movie, which belong to the genre of black comedy, Bojanowski told that this film tries to depict how people use others to establish themselves in the world through manipulation. “It’s an intense satirical take on human emotions,” he said adding further that they aspired to make a postmodern movie which fits in all genres.

The film which had its World Premiere at IFFI52 is featured in the International Competition category for the coveted Golden Peacock Award for the best film along with 14 other films.

Directed by siblings Katia Priwieziencew and Igor Priwieziencew, Leader in a perverse way talks about the mechanisms of personal coaching and it depicts the world where the most rational of people could be taken for crazy ones, while the truly mad manipulate facts and become authority figures.

Explaining further on how the idea of the film took the shape, Bojanowski said that self-training coaching centres and coaches are a common phenomenon in the entire part of the world. “Through the movie we have tried to touch a subject which has universal appeal,” the producer said.

Leader started as a short-film project in 2017 and then seeing the reception of the film across festivals we made a feature length of the film which is now at IFFI, Bojanowski added.

Asked about the most challenging part in making the movie, Cinematographer Grzegorz Hartfiel said that the biggest challenge was the idea itself. “Most of the time, camera moves within a single room with 6 men! There were no landscapes, mountains and beautiful weather, but just a single room and what was to be captured were the intense emotions of these 6 men” he added in jest.

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