Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part III: The Tale of a Raven. The Blemish of a Misfit

Duration: 52’ 00”   
Original format: 16:9 SD
Format after the revitalization: 16: 9 HD
Sound: 5.1, 2.0

Series idea, screenplay and direction: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Cinematography: Jan Walencik
Assistants: Andrzej Muśko, Paweł Szymański
Sound: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Sound effects: Jan Walencik
Narrator’s tale: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Narrator: Krzysztof Gosztyła
Music: Michał Lorenc
Orchestration: Tadeusz Karolak, Michał Lorenc
Performing music: Polish Radio Orchestra, Michał Lorenc
Conductor: Tadeusz Karolak
Soloists: Mohammad Rasouli – ney flute, Marcin Pospieszalski – keyboards, Marta Maślanka – percussion instruments, Agnieszka Bemowska – harp
Recording and ripping music: Rafał Paczkowski
Music consultation: Zbigniew Zbrowski, Małgorzata Przedpełska-Bieniek
Image and sound editing: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Assembly cooperation: Maciej Walencik
Image post-production: The Chimney Pot, Jędrzej Sabliński – Producer, Edyta Sęk, Rafał Golis – Production organization, Łukasz Huptyś – Color correction, Aleksandra Kraus – Negative transfer, Natasza Wróblewska – On-line assembly, Paweł Falkowski – Credits
Sound post-production: Zbigniew Malecki – Sound realization and development, Andrzej Kowal – Technology coordination, Sound & More Przemysław Gorlas, Michał Jankowski, Paweł Łuczak – Sound preparation
Production organization: Krzysztof Komar
Collaboration: Jerzy Jakutowicz
Laboratory: Documentary and Feature Film Studio in Warsaw
Negative: Kodak Vision Super 16
Animal breeding: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik. Krzysztof Komar, Dariusz Poznański, Marcin Chrapowicki
Collaboration: Paweł Szymański, Jadwiga Krzywińska, Armin Kobus
Ornithological consultation: Eugeniusz Pugacewicz, Andrzej G. Kruszewicz, Nuria Selva Fernandez
Balloon pilot: Jerzy Czerniawski
Powered hang glider pilot: Zbigniew Kędziora
Co-operation: Białowieża National Park, Ministry of Education
Lead Editor: Ewa Chrabąszcz-Smoczyńska


In a starring role: Czarek, the raven
Ornithologist, keeper of the raven: Dariusz Poznański
The keeper of the ravens in the zoo: Tomasz Kowalczyk
Sawers: employees of Grzegorz Wasilewski’s Forestry Services Plant
Poacher: Andrzej Muśko
Patrol of the National Park Guard: Mikołaj Jaganow, Jerzy Gabiec
Border Guard Patrol: Mirosław Misiejuk, Mirosław Surel, Zbigniew Małyszko

The authors would like to thank the following for their help in making the film: employees of the Białowieża National Park, Białowieża Forest District, Hajnówka Forest District, Browsk Forest District and the Zoological Garden in Warsaw, Wildlife Park in Kadzidłowo, Border Guard Guards in Białowieża, Roman Catholic Parish in Białowieża, Tomasz Werkowski, Janusz Bykowski, Jerzy Gwaj. Special thanks to Zofia Żukowska

Production: Film Agency for Program 1 of TVP S.A.
Lead time: 2000–2007
End of production: 2007 (end of series production: 2009)
Revitalization to HD: 2015–2016
Premiere: 10.10.2010

Frames from the film (QUOTES).

For years since I started filming, this thought has been torturing me: What does it feel like to be a wild animal? A wolf, raven, bison, beaver, or ant? To overstep the boundaries of feeling of man and animal. To find in myself the purest ability to see, hear, and feel. Unafraid of the wildness of the forest, to feel being its part, the unbridled wildness.

QUOTE. Excerpt from the film Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part III: The Tale of a Raven. The Blemish of a Misfit. Directed by Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik. Source: TVP.

A young raven, rescued by a man from certain death, seeks HIS own path. HIS innate curiosity causes him to become a persecutor of the unseen man, an astute observer and a silent witness to his misdeeds. This risky game, combined with an affliction acquired in HIS youth, contributes to a lifetime of drama.

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