Program
Director: Mariusz Wilczyński
2019
Poland
88 minutes
Unclassified 18+

“one of the most nightmarishly original dystopian visions you are likely to encounter this year” (Variety)

Prepare yourself for an experience, an immersion in memory, dream and melancholy; and for anyone interested in animation, this will make you re-think what is possible. On its premiere at Berlin one critic noted “the anger behind it is so virulent that it sweeps the narrative along on a wave of rage and repulsion.” An artist watches his parents die in aged care, hiding in the memories of growing up in a 1970s industrial town, now decaying. 11 years in the making, veteran animator Wilczynski mines his deepest demons, brightened by a great soundtrack including old Polish Pop.

“utterly bizarre, frequently grotesque, occasionally obscene… a peculiarly vivid, monochromatically psychotropic bad trip.” (Variety)

“a work of entrancing low-fi artistry and deeply felt emotion” (Screen International)

“raw, rough, fragmented, angry, often brilliant with its own kind of aesthetic brusquery and pain… hallucinatory and nihilistic, but also funny in a bleak Beckettian sort of way” (The Guardian)

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Curiouser and Curiouser
Language Polish
Subtitles English
Director Mariusz Wilczyński
Producer Ewa Puszczyńska, Agnieszka Ścibior
Screenwriters Mariusz Wilczyński
Editor Jarosław Barzan Psm
Music Tadeusz Nalepa
Cast Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska
Accolades Annecy, Jury Prize, 2020; Berlin, 2020
Genre Avant-garde, Post Modern