Boot Factory

The Boot Factory

  • France
  • 27
  • STC
  • Lech Kowalski

“Imagine if the Sex Pistols made boots instead of music,” explains director Lech Kowalski (Born to Lose: the Last Rock and Roll Movie, DOA) in an interview for the French magazine Rock Sound. Indeed, the protagonists of Kowalskis latest ode to punk rock run their “Doc Martin style” boot-making business as if it were a band and they the riotous rock stars. This engrossing film follows a group of young Polish punk rockers in Krakow, Poland for a year, documenting with a respectful and sensitive distance their drunken parties, marriages, drug addictions and the operations of their small boot-making business. The group makes its product by hand in a small cement room, heads bobbing in unison to the music of their favorite punk bands. Drawing on a strong community of punk fans, their business successfully relies on word of mouth to sell its product, leaving its craftspeople with the curious dilemma of having too many orders. Gradually, the group is forced to make the tough decision to expand using new technology, thereby compromising its “do-it-yourself” punk-philosophy. With the gritty, black and white landscape of Poland as a backdrop, The Boot Facory is ultimately a celebration of one communitys quest for a seemingly unattainable ideal. This doc was successfully pitched last spring at Hot Docs’ inaugural Toronto Documentary Forum. Shannon Abel.

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