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FNE at 2017 Gdynia Film Festival: The Man with the Magic Box Featured

The Man With the Magic Box by Bodo Kox The Man With the Magic Box by Bodo Kox

GDYNIA: Sci-fi love story The Man with the Magic Box by Bodo Kox will vie in the main competition of the 42nd Gdynia Film Festival. The festival will take place from 18 to 23 September 2017. The Man with the Magic Box is a Polish/Italian coproduction and is set to be domestically released by Kino Świat on 20 October 2017.

The story is set in Warsaw in 2030 and follows Adam, whose memory has been wiped-out by the secret service. He gets a job as a janitor and falls in love with a girl from a higher social class or “zone”. During his work he finds an old radio from the 50’s and discovers that it allows him to travel to the past.

"I wanted to play with genres, but despite the sci-fi tone the film is first and foremost a story about love. Films about love, especially the ones with a bit of humor, are working very well in hard times", director Bodo Kox told FNE.

The cast includes popular Polish actors: Olga Bołądź, Piotr Polak, Sebastian Stankiewicz, Helena Norowicz and Arkadiusz Jakubik.

The film was produced by Izabela Igel and Roman Jarosz through Alter Ego Pictures in coproduction with TVN, Studio Produkcyjne Orka, Mazovia Film Fund, Harine Films and Vargo Film. The budget was 1.2 m EUR, of which 467,560 EUR / 2 m PLN came as a production grant from the Polish Film Institute The film also received support from Creative Europe - MEDIA. The project was awared special mention for best screenplay from Central and Eastern Europe at ScriptTeast in 2015.  

Shooting took place in November-December 2016.

Production Information:

Alter Ego Pictures
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Director: Bodo Kox
Screenwriter: Bodo Kox
DoP: Arkadiusz Tomiak, Dominik Danilczyk
Cast: Olga Bołądź, Piotr Polak, Sebastian Stankiewicz, Helena Norowicz, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Wojciech Zieliński, Bartłomiej Firlet, Agata Buzek, Bartosz Bielenia, Anna Konieczna


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