Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part X: The Tale of a Lynx. Against Nature 

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
Soloists: Marta Maślanka – percussion instruments, Piotr Maślanka – percussion instruments, 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, 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, Bogusław Chyła
Veterinary care: Mariusz Miniuk, Janusz Gulko
Veterinary consultation: Andrzej G. Kruszewicz
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: Sonia, female lynx
Lynx cubs: Gosia, female and Jasio, male
Their father: ryś Julek, old lynx
Lynx caregivers Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik, Krzysztof Komar, Jacek Wąsiński, Mirek Wąsiński, Rafał Kowalczyk, Krzysztof Schmidt, Eugeniusz Bujko, Tomasz Werkowski, Nuria Selva Fernandez, Adam Wajrak, Bogusław Chyła
National Park Guard patrol: Mikołaj Jaganow, Jerzy Gabiec
Border Guard patrol: Mirosław Misiejuk, Mirosław Surel
Poacher: Andrzej Muśko
Moonshiner: Eugeniusz Parchotik

The authors would like to thank the following for their help in making the film: the Orthodox Parish in Dubiny, Rev. Prot. Bazyl Niegierewicz, employees of the Białowieża National Park, Białowieża Forest District, Hajnówka Forest District, Browsk Forest Distric, Department of Mammal Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża and Krzysztof Schmidt, Rafał Kowalczyk Ryszard Topola, Radosław Ratajszczak, the City Zoo in Łódź, the City Zoo in Wrocław, the Forest Animal Rescue Service in Mikołów, 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: 10.12.2010

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 X: The Tale of a Lynx. Against Nature. Directed by Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik. Source: TVP.

A young female lynx loses HER mother. With the help of a man, SHE survives and becomes independent. SHE experiences the best moments with HER life partner. However, it is not given to HER to experience motherhood. HER offspring survive, again thanks to humans, but the caretakers discover ailments in them with which they could not survive in the wild. Thus, rescued, but…


On June 11, 2010, in Shanghai, China, at the 16th Television Festival, Bożena and Jan Walencik received an award – the Silver Magnolia for nature documentary for the film Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part X. The Tale of a Lynx. Against Nature.

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