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I Need the Handshakes

COMPETITION SCREENING 6: Years Go By

I Need the Handshakes - dir. Andrei Kutsila, Belarus/Poland 2020, 18’

Neither in her young years, nor now has Tacciana run barefoot through the sweet-scented meadow near her house, swum in the river flowing nearby, hugged and kissed her lover. Since her childhood, she has been unable to move either her arm or leg. Her joy and anguish, love and hope have been expressed in her poetry, not known to anyone until now. Piles of notebooks full of poems and albums full of paintings have been covered with dust, and they seem to disappear soon in the abyss of time. The only person by her side is her elderly mother. A 92-year old Valiantsina, being in the latter years of her life, opens the worn-out notebooks of her daughter in a remote village, and together we go on a journey to the unknown world of the person who is abandoned and forgotten.


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