The Prince and the Dybbuk


Who was Moshe Waks? An impostor or a man who constantly confused fantasy and reality? The son of a poor Ukrainian Jewish blacksmith, he died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszynski, Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. A journey through the life of a human chameleon, a mysterious man who rejected his original self and became a unique filmmaker, turning his own life into a great piece of fiction. But who was Moshe Waks?

As a Hollywood director and producer, Waszynski made over 40 films and worked with major movie stars including Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale and Orson Welles. Those who met him, described him as an aristocrat, a lover of luxury, a liar, an open homosexual and the husband of an Italian countess. All in the one person…


Elwira Niewiera, director. Studied acting at the European Theater Institute in Berlin and the Academy for Theater Practices Gardzenice (Poland). Her previous documentary film Domino Effect (co-directed with Piotr Rosolowski) was shown worldwide at more than 50 festivals and won many awards, amongst them the Golden Dove Award at DOK Leipzig 2014, the Golden Horn for Best Film in International Competition at the Krakow Film Festival. The film was also screened in arthouse cinemas in Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Elwira Niewiera is also a member of the Polish Film Academy.

Piotr Rosolowski, director & cinematographer. A graduate from the Katowice Film School, awarded with a scholarship from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Co-author of Rabbit a la Berlin – Academy Award nominated short documentary film, and co-director of the documentary film Domino Effect with Elwira Niewiera. Piotr has also worked as director of photography on many awarded feature and short films, amongst them: On the line directed by Reno Caffi – Academy Award nominated short fiction.



  • Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2017. Premi Millor Documental sobre Cinema
  • IDFA, The Netherlands, 2017
  • Minsk IFF, Belorussia, 2017
  • ZagrebDox IDFF, Croatia, 2018
  • New York Jewish FF, USA, 2018
The Prince and the Dybbuk | Edition 2018, Official Section - What the Doc

The Prince and the Dybbuk

Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski

Poland, Germany (2017)



Language: English, Italian, Hebrew. Ukrainian, Yiddish, Polish, German, Spanish