Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part VIII: The Tale of a Beaver. An Unattainable Arcadia 

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: Agnieszka Bemowska – 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, Zofia Bieńkowska – Production organization, Piotr Sasim – Color correction, Wiktor Sasim – Negative transfer, Andrzej Kowalski – On-line assembly, Paweł Falkowski – Credits
Sound post-production: Supra Film Zbigniew Malecki – Sound realization and development
Collaboration: Andrzej Kowal – Technology coordination
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: Dariusz Poznański, Marcin Chrapowicki, Jadwiga Krzywińska, Armin Kobus, Basia Romanowska, Jerzy Gwaj
Veterinary care: Mariusz Miniuk, Janusz Gulko
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: Kuleczka (Small ball), female beaver
Beaver keepers: a team of beaver catchers at the Polish Hunting Association in Suwałki – Antoni Łanczkowski, Romuald Łanczkowski, Sławomir Kowalewski, Tadeusz Kometa, Mieczysław Hryniewiecki, Maria Łanczkowska, Mariusz Łanczkowski, Piotr Malczewski
Poacher: Krzysztof Komar

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 Jan Goździewski, Maria snd Antoni Łanczkowski, Rafał Kowalczyk, Bogdan Kasperczyk, Eugeniusz Pugacewicz, Wojciech Misiukiewicz, Wildlife Park in Kadzidłowo. Special thanks to Zofia Żukowska

Production: Film Agency for Program 1 of TVP S.A.
Lead time: 2000–2008
End of production: 2008 (end of series production: 2009)
Revitalization to HD: 2015–2016
Premiere: 03.10.2010

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 VIII: The Tale of a Beaver. An Unattainable Arcadia. Directed by Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik. Source: TVP.

The life of a 2-year-old female beaver changes in the blink of an eye when SHE is trapped with other beavers by humans for resettlement in a new area. Desperately escaping from the transport and forced to wander many kilometers, SHE struggles to find HER own place for half a year. SHE achieves hers, reaching the primeval forest, but even here, where SHE found a new home and established a family, life still does not spare HER dramas…

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