105 minutes, Poland, 2009, Colour and Black and White, Subtitled

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with actor Arkadiusz Jakubik.

Wojciech Smarzowski’s second feature was a significant step forward from his debut The Wedding, and pointed towards the techniques he would use to such strong effect in the opening film of this year’s Kinopolis, Rose. Here, the deft intertwining of two parallel narratives weaves a complex web of drama and intrigue. In the first strand, set in 1978, Edward (Arkadiusz Jakubik) seeks shelter in the farmhouse of Zdzislaw (Marian Dziędziel) and Bozena (Kinga Preis), soon becoming fast friends with them and heavily involved in their schemes to make money.

In the second strand, set in 1982, Edward is helping police with their inquiries into a triple murder at the farmhouse, which he alone survived, but in which the police seem somewhat disinterested. The film’s complexities make for thoroughly satisfying viewing.

This film is screening as part of Kinopolis: 7th Polish Film Festival (November 8th – 11th, 2012).

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