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"When something is very difficult, magical things can occur"

Piotr Stasik is a fascinating, independent voice on the Polish film scene. We talked to him about the theme of love, freedom, New Yorkers and Europeans – and his new essay documentary 21 x New York.

Was your plan to film the pursuit of love when you went to New York, Piotr Stasik?

No, what I wanted was to look into the city in depth to find out if New York was something for me or not. I really like to move to New York as a pensioner, to be like one of those crazy guys roaming the streets.

Did you initiate any love relationship there yourself?

"Yes, I had a relationship!"

Now it's your turn to be interviewed. Tell!

"I initiated relationship with one of the characters in the film."

Do I have to guess who it was? I don't think I can.

"Try!"

Give me another clue, then.

"No. Maybe I'll tell it towards the end of the conversation, maybe not. "

OK fine. Did you know from the start that the film was about relationship, love and obsession?

"Well, first I tried to make the film about freedom. Because I think people in New York feel freer. . .

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