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We are extremely proud to announce that Rabbit a la Berlin by director Bartek Konopka and producer Anna Wydra is one of the nominees for the 82nd Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category.

The film attended the 2005 Ex Oriente Film workshop; in 2009 was part of East Silver and East Silver Caravan. It also received, among others, the Silver Eye Award for the best Mid-lenght Documentary at IDFF Jihlava, the Award for Best Mid-length Documentary at Hot Docs and was screened at the IDA-organized DOCUweek. Congratulations to the entire crew on this remarkable achievement!

82nd Academy Awards

Nominations Announcement: February 2, 2010
Awards Ceremony: March 7, 2010



Germany / Poland 2009, 52 min

Bartek Konopka
Producer: Anna Wydra
Co-producer: Heino Deckert
Cinematographer: Piotr Rosolowski
Editor: Mateusz Romaszkan
Sound: Franciszek Kozlowski, Florian Marquardt
Composer: Maciej Cieslak

It's an important lesson of history that a system of order intended to produce one result will often give birth to something entirely unexpected. So it was with the Berlin Wall, which was, in fact, two separate walls, one on the east and one on the west with a 120-kilometre strip of land between them. The enclosed patch was unintentionally converted into a kind of rabbit reserve as the walls encircled the lush green meadows of Potsdamer Platz and cut its rabbit population off from both escape and predators. But then one day the walls came down and the rabbits were suddenly freed from a restrictive system, albeit one to which they had become accustomed. Told in the style of a nature documentary, with a captivatingly dreamy tone and a tongue-in-cheek nod to the story's allegorical significance, Rabbit à la Berlin provides a fascinating history lesson told through the eyes of animals.


The film was developed at the 2005 Ex Oriente Film and pitched at the 2005 East European Forum. In 2008, it was presented at Docu Talents from the East.

In 2009, Rabbit a la Berlin was also included in East Silver and East Silver Caravan and received Silver Eye Award.