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Down the Colourful Hill

This is the third film by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek, one of the most promising Polish directors of the new generation. He is a searching, stylish director with an interest in portraying the world as seen through the prism of individual experiences. His films generally focus on 20 or 30-year-olds who cannot come to terms with the contemporary world and who are just about to enter adult life.

30-year-old Rysiek, who has just left prison where he had been sent for robbing a warehouse and beating a security guard, is coming back home to his village. He wants to start dating Agata again and reclaim a farm which was owned by his deceased parents. It turns out that his brother Jarek now owns the runs the farm successfully: he graduated from university and is working for a prosperous company. He has also married Agata and is planning to sell the farm and move out to Warsaw. Rysiek wants to change his life and start again from scratch, but as a former convict he is treated with a lack of trust and cannot find his place in society.

The film is deeply rooted in reality and is severe and rough. At the same time it is also very touching, given that it is based on a true story of a young man who committed suicide. Down the Colourful Hill was awarded a prize for direction at the Gdynia Film Festival.

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