How much does a human life weigh? Does the life of an illegally employed immigrant weigh less if both parties agree to working in dangerous conditions without insurance? Doesn't the conscience weigh on a person who denies help to the ones in need? The viewer is left with these questions in this well made Piotr Domalewski's film, a mixture of thriller and social cinema. The picture has won the Grand Prix awards at various film festivals. Featuring an excellent performance of Grzegorz Damięcki.
Zyga who lives near Warsaw is nearing 40. Once the lead player in the local football team, now he is unemployed. He is trying to explain to Witek the rules which govern the world. He does not always follow them; this fact is not missed by his clever son. Zyga's old team is trying to advance to the third division. A former star is going to play in the decisive play-off. This meeting will turn out to be extremely important in Zyga's life.
The title characters are a couple that has been married for a long time. They spend all of their time together - at home and in the school canteen where they work. It is perfectly clear that through the years they have become distant - they feel no desire nor need to speak to each other. Their lives are filled with silence and snideness. One may think that they are still together only out of a habit.
An authotematic film using the poetics of fiction and documentary. A young director decides to conduct an experiment - she wants to check if it is possible to manipulate the process of falling in love. To do that she asks a young man to capture a girl's heart.
Olga, a woman from Ukraine, works as a carer of a sick, bedridden man. She has a complicated family situation - she has left her husband and a gravely ill daughter that requires a very expensive treatment in her home country. In humility, the woman endures her employer's mood swings and jibes. One day the man asks her a favour...
A para - documentary fiction film depicting a complicated relationship between Dawid and his father who suffers from Alzheimer's. The story is told from the son's perspective. He wants to get to know his father better and get closer to him, but there is less and less left of the man each day. The film is constructed of still photos accompanied by off - camera narration and fully acted out episodes which reveal the everyday reality of the illness and the process of becoming familiar with it. The acting performances of Krzysztof Kowalewski and Łukasz Simlat are definitely worth the viewer's attention.
A psychological drama about family. Iga, a student at the Academy of Music, finds out that she has won a foreign scholarship for which her father applied behind her back. Acting on impulse, she packs her things and leaves home. She returns after three months upon learning that her father is seriously ill. The last week of his life is not only a chance to say goodbye to his family, but also Iga's confrontation with herself.
Mr. Twardowski, a lawyer, is celebrating his victory in the court - he has managed to defend a man accused of murder. However, his client is not innocent and the prosecutor is not happy with the unjust outcome. Shortly after the trial, in a park, the lawyer encounters a mysterious man who questions him about his job. Twardowski does not realise it yet, but the man will strongly influence his life.
The story is set at present, in one of European cities. It depicts a day in the life of three young friends, who must modify their plans for the future in face of a fictional armed conflict in their country. In various ways everyone becomes involved in dangerous events and an escalation of violence. This political fiction story has won the contest organized by the Kino Polska TV station for a screenplay inspired by Krzysztof Kieślowski's film "Blind Chance".
The film tells the story of Julita Wołyniec, whose mother is serving life sentence for murdering her husband and son and attempting to kill her daughter. Struggling with guilt, Danuta does not want to meet her daughter. They have not seen each other for ten years. Using the program Świadectwo ("Testimony") concerning prison facilitators as an excuse, Julita enters a women's penitentiary unit to confront her mother and to settle past accounts.
Michał, the main character of the film, lives in the country and works on a cattle farm. His life is filled with the same old routine. After work he comes home, eats dinner consisting of an instant soup and rests. The company of his peers from the village, with whom he cannot find a common language, drains him of life. Each day of Michał's life looks exactly the same. His only hope for a change might be the girl he has met on the Internet. She lives in the Netherlands and is supposed to come to Poland. However, Michał knows very little about her.
16-year-old Natalia lives in a neighbourhood that the locals call the New Bronx. It is summer time and the girl enjoys the charms of a summer love. She is doing everything in her power to get the attention of a friend from the neighbourhood. But along the way happens something that she did not expect and was not prepared for.
Katarzyna Łęcka's film is undoubtedly a valuable complement to the Beksiński family's "double portrait", recently created in the Polish cinema through the stirring films: The Last Family by Jan P. Matuszyński and Videophonic Album by Marcin Borchardt. Jerzy Radziwiłowicz plays the role of Zdzisław Beksiński, who struggles with the emptiness caused by the death of his wife and his son's suicide. For the fans of the painter this is another, somewhat different, story from the artist's life and a meeting with his unsettling paintings. For cinema lovers it is an opportunity to compare Beksiński's parts played by remarkable Polish actors.
The main characters are a father and his little son. After leaving a closed refugee centre, they decide to look for happiness in Warsaw. However, they face many different problems - they do not have enough money for basic necessities and the boy suffers from diabetes. They start living in a caravan in a deserted site but their Polish neighbours successfully make their lives difficult.
A story about the work of paramedics and the human dramas seen from their perspective. Magda Czerwińska plays an excellent part in Michał Szcześniak's emotional film about the mental breakdown caused by the loss of a loved one and her own slow recovery; about difficult and traumatic experiences which have to be dealt with, not only because they constitute a part of life but also because life has not yet had its last word.
Jakub Radej's student film which won a special award at last year's Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. It tells the story of Marcin's first day after the return from his economic migration to the United States. How will his old friends, ex-girlfriend and family greet him after not having seen him for a long time? Will he find the world the same as when he left it a couple of years earlier? A clash of the hometown society's local problems with the expectations of the young man who has returned home with a suitcase full of dollars and a plan to make a life for himself in Poland.
A shocking story where a girl falls victim to a misunderstanding - or perhaps a purposeful police action. Zuza is an art curator and the mother of a young girl. One night during an exhibition which she prepared she sees two men beating a boy near the gallery. She comes to his defence. When police officers appear on the scene, suddenly Zuza becomes accused of an assault and arrested. She undergoes a humiliating interrogation. Based on a true story.
Roman Jarosz's film is a story about a pursuit of harmony both in music and in life, based on a fairly surprising idea. The characters of the story are musicians playing in a symphony orchestra: the first violinist and a bassist (who are a married in their private life). The film opens with a concert, during which Adam, played by Wojciech Mecwaldowski, has a heart attack. In the liminal moment between life and death, at the end of a bright corridor the protagonist encounters Chopin, Gerschwin and Beethoven. Not only is this the beginning of the film, it also is the beginning of an experience, the meaning of which the viewer has to discover on their own.
Even though Magda is only 14 years old, she has to make a life-changing decision. She has been raped and became pregnant. Along with her mother she is now looking for a hospital that will perform an abortion. But as doctor after doctor declines their request, the character is feeling increasingly helpless.
A story about a single mother taking care of her ten-year-old son and trying to put her life in order. She meets a man on the Internet. The situation itself poses a challenge for potential partners, who must face their own emotions and needs during the meeting, and at the same time stay image-conscious. Arkadiusz Biedrzycki's film is based on a careful observation of behaviours and - seemingly - insignificant gestures that influence the perception of the other person in a situation that is uncomfortable for each of the three characters.