Official Selection


Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert | Poland, Germany | 2020 | 113 min.
O.V. in Polish, Russian, French and Vietnamese subtitled in English and Spanish

Premiered in Venice, and Oscar candidate representing Poland, this film has been described as "a bizarre hybrid between Twin Peaks and Pasolini's Teorema". Zhenia is a Ukrainian masseur with a hypnotic gaze and healing hands who enters a well-to-do housing estate in Warsaw, becoming a mixture of guru and object of desire for its inhabitants. Well-off and unhappy people, remarkable caricatures under the supervision of Szumowska, one of Europe's most awarded directors in recent years, delivering a solvent social satire with a touch of humanism and some poetic surrealism.

Direction: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
Script: Michał Englert, Małgorzata Szumowska
Cinematography: Michał Englert
Editing: Jaroslaw Kaminski, Agata Cierniak
Sound: Marcin Kasinski MPSE, Kacper Habisiak MPSE, Marcin Jachyra
Cast: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura, Andrzej Chyra, Łukasz Simlat
Production: Agnieszka Wasiak, Mariusz Włodarski, Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber
Production Company: Lava Films, Match Factory Productions

Małgorzata Szumowska

She was born in Krakow in 1973 and is one of the most relevant Polish film directors of our times. After two short films, her directorial debut Happy Man (2000) was nominated for the Discovery Award of the European Film Academy, and was awarded in Thessaloniki. It is followed by Strangers (2004), presented at the Sundance and the Berlinale, Elles (2011), In the Name Of (2013), Teddy Award at the Berlinale, the festival she returned to with Body (2015) and Mug (2018), Silver Bear for Best Direction and Jury Grand Prix. Her last two films are The Other Lamb (2019), competing in Toronto, San Sebastián and London, and Never Gonna Snow Again, released in Venice.

Michał Englert

Director of photography, screenwriter and producer based in Warsaw, graduated from the National School of Film and Theater in Łódź, where he met Szumowska, with whom he has worked on numerous occasions in close collaboration as a director of photography, and as a screenwriter on In the Name Of  (2013), Body/Cialo (2015) and Mug (2018). In 2013 he won the Best Photography Award at Sundance for Lasting by Jacek Borcuch. He co-directed Never Gonna Snow Again, which premiered in Venice.