After five nights of an ungodly low amount of sleep, six days of films and one hundred pounds, I am now back in York and it is bloody freezing. I have just been on a trip with uni to Bydgoszcz in Poland to visit the Camerimage Film Festival which celebrates the talents and the career of cinematographers. It’s a week filled with seminars and screenings and people from all nationalities and it was truly fascinating. As well as getting to see lots of cultural films that we wouldn’t normally think twice about we also got to sample authentic Polish cuisine and nightlife and let me tell you, it’s a very different way of life to the British.
We saw lots of amazing films, including a very French one called Augustine which had lots of naked lady bodies in it. We also got to see the new Coen Brothers film called Inside Llewyn Davis which is about a folk singer/guitarist who just can’t make it in the business. I really enjoyed this one and it was so beautiful to look at. Which you would hope because it’s a cinematography festival… Other films included Wicked Blood, the first film to be shot in Sony 4K about a girl whose family is involved in the drug business and she is trying to find a way to escape becoming one of them. We also got the chance to watch the music video competition including videos from 30 Seconds to Mars which was great, although we had to sit on the stairs because apparently the festival organisers had limited concern for fire health and safety. Sometimes it was manic. Sometimes people were sitting in the aisles and on the stairs and on the stage. Shaking my head.
Every night when we weren’t watching films we found the time to go for dinner in lots of different restaurants and I tell you now, the food in Poland is cheap. Approx. £6 for a massive pizza that would cost you £12 in England. All of the food was amazing, there wasn’t a meal that I didn’t enjoy; however, it seemed that the food didn’t agree with me at all and unfortunately I was poorly for a good portion of the holiday. Not as poorly as those who went on the lash and rolled into the hotel at 8am, just in time for breakfast.
The city of Bydgoszcz in itself is a very industrial place with a strange part known as the old town that is pretty and picturesque. It’s strange to see the two contrasting sides of it; you literally walk over a bridge and the whole atmosphere of the city changes. It’s just not a tourist area, which is a shame, because not many people there understand English and you kind of have to be local to know where to go and what to do. Unless you want to go to a museum about the history of soap and dirt which is quite well advertised.
Overall, it’s been a great trip and I may put some photos up which I should ideally put on this post but I’m getting sleepy and the words aren’t really making sense to me anymore; I just wanted you to know that I had a great time, however, I am very, very glad to be home! Yorkshire will always be my home and it’s wonderful here. You should visit York, not Bydgoszcz. Jokes.