It used to be a beautiful place where everything seemed possible, now that dream city has faded. The film Diagnosis seems to announce a portrait of a degenerating metropolis, however, the Polish filmmaker Ewa Podgórska sketches a much larger picture. This film is one of the special documentaries about urban issues that has been selected by IDFA and WeMakeTheCity.
While the camera slowly slides through a deserted street, the voice of a therapist speaks into the subconscious of his patients (and at the same time that of the viewers). If the city was an animal, what animal would it be? Different people give intuitive answers, lying on their backs, staring at the ceiling. And then it becomes more and more personal. Who would be the best parents for this place? And what kind of child is it? They are associative means of releasing the deepest memories and emotions, always supported by fragments of everyday life in the city and disorienting images of a camera that sometimes wanders for miles high. An intoxicating film style, within which the human psyche merges with the image of a nameless city, full of passion, disillusion, and hope.
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Credits & Info
- Subtitles: English.
- Trailer can be found here.
- Duration: 78 minutes.
- Director Ewa PodgórskaProduction Małgorzata Wabińska / Entertain Pictures
- Co-production EC1 Lodz – the City of Culture, Fixafilm