WROCŁAW: Marcin Koszałka's exploration of the criminal mind is one of the new Polish productions presented this year during the T-Mobile New Horizons film fest Polish Days event.
Red Spider follows the life of Karol, a young boy who discovers his dark side after witnessing a brutal crime being committed. The inspiration for the film, which is a feature length debut for accomplished documentary filmmaker Marcin Koszałka, was the life and crime of two legendary serial killers active in communist Poland.
Spider is the story of "a young man who discovers in himself an impulse to kill," explained the director. "Karol is fascinated by evil. Our film is based on the Cracow city legend of Karol Kot, a serial killer. It’s a story of madness that is both fulfilling the darkest passions and destroying you. I don’t look for reasons for evil. They are unexplainable. Karol wants to die so he won’t endanger anyone. In the same time, he wants to be famous, he becomes a celebrity. Condemned to death, he becomes immortal as a legend. On a formal level, I try to show sad, grey Poland of the 60‘s by using a modern camera, to make Red Spider a universal story."
The lead role is played by Filip Pławiak, supported by Adam Woronowicz, Małgorzata Foremniak and Karolina Kominek.
Spider is produced by MD4 in co-production with the Krakow Festival Office with the shoot wrapped in spring. The film received 2 m PLN (486,000 EUR) in financial support from the Polish Film Institute and is co-financed by the Krakow Film Commission.
Production Information Director: Marcin Koszałka Producer: Agnieszka Kurzydło Production company: MD4 World sales: Open
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