104 minutes, Poland, 2011, Subtitled, Colour

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with actor Wojciech Pszoniak.

Formerly a maker of documentaries (including a piece on Polish immigrants to Ireland, Bye, Bye Dublin!), Rafael Lewandowski’s first feature is a carefully-observed study of the lingering effects of the paranoia inculcated in Polish people under Soviet rule in the aftermath of the fall of Communism.

Zygmunt (Marian Dziędziel) and adult son Paweł (Borys Szyc) are in the second-hand clothing business. When a newspaper claims that Zygmunt, a hero of the Solidarity movement, was actually an informer whose treachery may have been responsible for a number of deaths, the news is met with a mixture of outright disbelief and dejected acceptance while Zygmunt’s own response is more ambiguous. Seeking to clear his father’s name, Paweł becomes less and less sure of the man’s innocence. Extremely well-crafted, the film is a tense and absorbing portrait of the power of suspicion.

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

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