Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part VII: The Tale of a Vole. The Extraordinary Intimacy 

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: Bogusław Chyła, Andrzej Muśko
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, Marek Wroński Orchestra
Conductor: Tadeusz Karolak
Soloist: Barbara Witkowska – harp
Recording and ripping music: Rafał Paczkowski
Music consultation: Małgorzata Przedpełska-Bieniek
Image and sound editing: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Assembly cooperation: Maciej Walencik
Image post-production: The Chimney Pot, Jędrzej Sabliński – Producer, Magda Janowska – Production organization, Łukasz Huptyś – Color correction,, Wiktor Sasim – tNegative transfer, Andrzej Kowalski – 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 – 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
Collaboration: Jadwiga Krzywińska, Armin Kobus, Arkadiusz Arasim, Karol Zub, Basia Romanowska, Dariusz Poznański, Marcin Chrapowicki Andrzej Muśko, Bogusław Chyła
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: Gwiazda bimbrowni (Moonshine distillery star), the vole
Moonshiner: Eugeniusz Parchotik
Sawers: employees of Kazimierz Świertoka’s Forestry Services Plant
Bison breeders: Mirosław Androsiuk, Andrzej Dziedzik
Poacher: Andrzej Muśko, Bogusław Chyła

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, Department of Mammal Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża and Eugeniusz Pugacewicz, Janusz Szpakowicz Jerzy Pańkowski, Wojciech Misiukiewicz, Andrzej G. Kruszewiczi, Tomasz Werkowski. 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: 23.03.2008

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 VII: The Tale of a Vole. The Extraordinary Intimacy. Directed by Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik. Source: TVP.

A vole entrapped by a predator is rescued by a peculiar man. Moved to his forest hideout, SHE gives birth to HER young right under HER protector’s side. Together with HER babies, SHE enjoys exceptional safety – in the face of relentless predator attacks. Until this unnatural intimacy turns against HER.

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