Cineast 2019: Village of Swimming Cows
Original title: Wieś pływających krów, Poland 2018, Documentary, 78 min. VO EN subtitles, 16+
Directed by Katarzyna Trzaska
A docu-comedy about three neo-hippies from Berlin who move to a farm in Poland to be closer to nature. They meditate, practice acroyoga and shower in the garden. The villagers consider them complete eccentrics.
To be close to nature and perhaps also to have a unique work experience Ellen, Mario and Jon, three neo-hippies from Berlin, set off for Poland. They rent an old wooden cottage from a farmer in a small village near the Belarusian border. They meditate, practice acroyoga, shower naked in the garden and eat rejects from the supermarket to avoid wasting food. They reflect upon the sustainability of the farmer’s methods and sing about their muesli. But they also try to make friends with the people who live in the village and help out on the farms. It is a clash of completely different cultures. For the villagers, the hippies are eccentrics. But who are these people who don’t use mobile phones and weep when animals are slaughtered? Can they even read and write? Is this lifestyle just a fad among city dwellers or will it change the world? A film about people with very different life philosophies who seek friendship and exchange despite all the communication barriers and conflicts. A cheerful invitation to embrace and make the most of different approaches to life.